Poetry Teatime: In Claire’s words

Poetry Teatime

“I love poetry tea time because we have yummy food, tea and poetry,
it fills my heart and tummy.” ~Claire, age 5

Want to start your own Poetry Teatime? Here’s how.

Would you like your family featured on Tuesday Teatime? Email us your teatime photos with a few lines about your experience (put “Teatime” in the subject line). If we share on our blog then you’ll receive a free Arrow or Boomerang title of your choice (once per family). Note: all submissions fall under Creative Commons licensing.

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Savvy Homeschool Moms Podcast: Part One

Savvy Homeschool Moms podcast with Julie Bogart: part one

The Savvy Homeschool Moms is a podcast by homeschooling moms for homeschooling moms. “In the trenches as we’re going through it!” Each episode peeks into Beckie and Tina’s homeschooling lives, answers listener questions, and reviews resources they like and recommend.

Enjoy Episode #59 where the Savvy Moms share updates on their homeschools and then interview Julie! This is Part One of the interview. Part Two is coming soon!


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Happy Birthday, Elizabeth George Speare!

The Witch of Blackbird PondIn celebration of Elizabeth George Speare’s birthday (born November 21, 1908), we’re making a special offer! The Boomerang for her novel, The Witch of Blackbird Pond, is:

HALF PRICE ($5.95) till Monday,
Nov. 23 at midnight EST

Elizabeth George Speare was born in Melrose, Massachusetts. She lived in New England until her death in 1994. Most of her novels, including The Witch of Blackbird Pond, take place in her native homeland. Inspired by the wild woods and headlands of her home, Speare began writing her stories at age 8. Later, she earned first a bachelor’s degree from Smith College and then a master’s in English from Boston University.

In 1936, she married a man named Alden Speare and they had two children together. From all accounts, Elizabeth never stopped writing and led a happy life with her family in Connecticut. Starting with her novel Calico Captive in 1957, Speare began her career. Her works are usually based on historical happenings, and, as in the case of her first book, the real journal of a girl captured by Indians.

The Witch of Blackbird Pond, Elizabeth’s second novel, was not based on a real person, but instead focused on the colonial time period and the fear of witchcraft that plagued Massachusetts. Speare won the 1959 Newberry Award for her work. Later, she would win another for her book The Bronze Bow. While not a prolific writer (she wrote four novels in her lifetime), Speare’s influence continues in a brilliant legacy of words.

“Everything in our lives leads up to everything else in our lives. So a moment in the present has a reference point, both in the past and in the future. I want you to know that you–as you are right now and as you ever will be–are fully enough for this moment.” ― Elizabeth George Speare

So, celebrate Elizabeth George Speare’s birthday and take advantage of this special offer today!

Also, if you’d like to buy a copy of the novel, it’s available through Amazon: The Witch of Blackbird Pond (affiliate link).

The Boomerang is a monthly digital downloadable product that features copywork and dictation passages from a specific read aloud novel. It is geared toward 7th to 10th graders (ages 12—advanced, 13-15) and is the indispensable tool for Brave Writer parents who want to teach language arts in a natural, literature-bathed context.

Image is of the 1958 first edition cover published by Houghton Mifflin.

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Friday Freewrite: A cotton-ball-cow?

Friday Freewrite: Cotton ball cow

Today’s freewrite prompt comes from our Daily Writing Tips email:

Take an animal name then put another noun in front of it. It can be another animal, a plant, a food or anything else you can think of. Then take your new animal (which should sound completely bonkers!) and describe it in detail. What does it look like? How big is it? Where does it live? What does it eat? What is its personality like? Be creative!

New to freewriting? Check out our online guide.

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Blog Roundup: November 2015 Edition

Brave Writer Blog Roundup November 2015

Yeehaw! Welcome to the latest blog roundup! See how other homeschooling families practice the Brave Writer Lifestyle:

Year 7, Day 1 by Amy, Hope is the Word

During tea time I suggested a little month-long Brave Writer project in which we will all collect words and phrases we read that capture our imaginations and gather them in a basket. I didn’t reveal to the girls what we’ll do with these later, but the whole notion was well-received…read more.

Brave Writing by Mary, Not Before 7

Beautiful example of working through Brave Writer principles!…read more.

Homeschooling Around a Campfire by Erin, Homeschool Mentor Mom

Whoever said “school” needs to happen sitting at a desk or table….or even during the daytime hours?? We had one of my favorite homeschooling days ever last night! It didn’t even start until after dinner, but we went strong til well after 11:00…read more.

Homeschooling Translated by Angela, Nurtured Roots

Ever feel like you aren’t doing enough in your homeschooling? Maybe it’s outside pressure or your own internal dialogue, but often we doubt that what we are doing with and for our children is enough. I know I do, until I slow down and examine just how naturally full of learning our days really are…read more.

A Gracious Space: Spring review by Alexandra, Life on a Canadian Island

Julie Bogart continues to inspire and deliver practical advice. I personally continue to enjoy the daily entries, reading one each day with my breakfast. It’s a great way to start my homeschool day. …read more.

We hope to share more roundups in the future! If you write about an aspect of the Brave Writer Lifestyle, let us know! Email your post’s url to Jeannette, our Social Media admin (blog@bravewriter.com). Thanks!

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