Back in 2002, I dreaded opening a big thick textbook for any school subject. There’s something heavy about knowing you have 200+ pages of any program to get through, delivered all at once, to be parsed out correctly over ten months.
I had been using Family Fun magazine as my primary schooling inspiration in the 1990s, and loved it! Each month came fresh. Felt like a surprise package of good new ideas!
It dawned on me that we could do something similar for writing and education at home.
What if we picked one read aloud per month for the whole family?
What if all the language arts activities and practices were included in one package?
What if the practices could be modified up or down for a variety of ages and skills?
The Arrow was born—one book to read aloud, one family to listen, four copywork/dictation passages to adapt to all levels + notes in conversational English, one literary element explored, one writing activity to try. The Arrow spread like wildfire. I think you all felt relieved, just like I did. One month at a time.
I must have tapped into something because the Arrow quickly became our best-selling product (still is). We expanded to create similar products for other levels (the Boomerang is the higher level). And we’ve expanded the contents to include discussion questions and book club party ideas.
Today, the monthly Arrow and Boomerang run some 40 pages! We don’t leave you to figure out how to use them either. We provide detailed, user-friendly guidelines, too.
What’s cool is we’ve been at it for 18 years so we have a slew of single issues for a wide variety of titles. You can pick a book you want to read and buy an Arrow or Boomerang to go with it.
For under $12.00 (!), you will purchase a month’s worth of reading, writing, and language arts for multiple ages of kids, complete with guidance for how to grow your writers.
Check out the Single Issues of the Arrow and Boomerang in our store.
We have free samples (click on single issues pages) for you as well. All products are digital and can be printed at home or via any print shop if you prefer.
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No matter what kind of homeschooler you are, we’ve heard you and are offering those of you in the Partnership Writing stage a brand new toolto help you be an even more confident, effective parent-educator.
Each Partnership Writing project has a custom designed Week in Focus Planner and Writing Skills Tracker.
The Week in Focus Plannerhelps
weave Brave Writer Lifestyle activities into your week
schedule oral language practices: memorization, narration, and word play
plan daily activities for the writing project of the month
The Writing Skills Tracker provides
checklists to note basic and project-specific writing skills
a word bank of academic vocabulary
a space to incorporate that language into a short narrative about your child’s learning experience
NOTE: If you purchased Partnership Writing or the Partnership Writing bundle before 3/16/2020, you’ll need to purchase the Planner a la carte. Follow this linkfor more details.
To access the “free preview” content in the Homeschool Alliance, you will be asked to enter your name and email address. Once done, you will have full access to the complete Lesson Plans and Master Classes listed here (look for the yellow tag that says “Free Preview”).
Ready-Made Lesson Plans
Use these ready-made lesson plans to create learning using what you have on hand. These lessons are free for a limited time (until the end of April).
Our online classes require no special software and are asynchronous (you can log in when convenient to you). Suitable for kids who homeschool or attend traditional schools. We have lots of additional offerings, but here are some suggested classes to get you started in March and early April.
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