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Enchanting Reads Special Offer!

Enchanting Reads

It’s April! 

We’ve got literary enchantment in store for you and your kids.

This is the perfect time for lighthearted read alouds. 

In the process of reading together, you can:

  • naturally engage your children in learning spelling and grammar,
  • discuss writer’s craft, and
  • connect with your children through a shared reading experience.

We’ve curated a selection of books to pair with our Dart, Arrow, and Boomerang literature guides that teach mechanics (spelling, grammar, punctuation, and writing craft).

They’re only $7 per issue until April 30, 2021.

These are perfect titles to read under a shady backyard tree. Practice copywork on clipboards while sprawled on a picnic blanket. Don’t forget the lemonade!

Presenting

Dart (ages 8 – 10)

Arrow (ages 11 – 12)

Boomerang (ages 13 – 14)

Try a Month of Language Arts!


New to Brave Writer? Planning for next year? Experience our mechanics and literature programs before we reveal the 2021–2022 year-long program book lists on June 1 & 2. 


Living Literature + Writing Mechanics

The Dart, Arrow and Boomerang are our language arts tools (digital guides) that teach

  • grammar,
  • spelling,
  • punctuation,
  • and literary elements

through novels you read aloud! (A la Charlotte Mason)

You’ll have a ready-made month-long language arts program that includes passages for copywork and dictation, as well as detailed notes to help you explain a comma or alliteration!

Don’t forget to grab your guides from the shop!

$7.00 per guide is a STEAL! Snap them up before time runs out.

Have an Enchanting Spring!

Dart, Arrow, and Boomerang: Apr. 2021

Brave Writer

Sense of place deeply influences the lives of characters in this month’s Dart, Arrow, and Boomerang guides.

As we explore grammar, punctuation, spelling, and literary devices, we’ll observe the ways environment helps shape their choices, relationships, and increased self-awareness.


[This post contains Amazon affiliate links. When you click on those links to make purchases, Brave Writer receives compensation at no extra cost to you. Thank you!]


Brave Writer Dart

The Year of the Dog, Grace Lin

When Pacy’s mom tells her that this is a good year for friends, family, and “finding herself,” Pacy begins searching right away. As the year goes on, she struggles to find her talent, deals with disappointment, makes a new best friend, and discovers just why the Year of the Dog is a lucky one for her after all.

This funny and profound book is a wonderful debut novel by award-winning and bestselling author and illustrator Grace Lin, and young readers will be sure to love and treasure it for years to come. ~Amazon

Get the Dart.

Purchase the book here.


Brave Writer Arrow

Amal Unbound, Aisha Saeed.

Life is quiet and ordinary in Amal’s Pakistani village, but she had no complaints, and besides, she’s busy pursuing her dream of becoming a teacher one day. Her dreams are temporarily dashed when—as the eldest daughter—she must stay home from school to take care of her siblings. Amal is upset, but she doesn’t lose hope and finds ways to continue learning. Then the unimaginable happens—after an accidental run-in with the son of her village’s corrupt landlord, Amal must work as his family’s servant to pay off her own family’s debt.

Life at the opulent Khan estate is full of heartbreak and struggle for Amal—especially when she inadvertently makes an enemy of a girl named Nabila. Most troubling, though, is Amal’s growing awareness of the Khans’ nefarious dealings. When it becomes clear just how far they will go to protect their interests, Amal realizes she will have to find a way to work with others if they are ever to exact change in a cruel status quo, and if Amal is ever to achieve her dreams. ~Amazon

Get the Arrow.

Purchase the novel here.


Brave Writer Boomerang

Our Town, Thornton Wilder.

Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama of life in the mythical village of Grover’s Corners, New Hampshire—an allegorical representation of all life—is an American classic. It is the simple story of a love affair that asks timeless questions about the meaning of love, life, and death.

Our Town explores the relationship between two young neighbors, George Gibbs and Emily Webb, whose childhood friendship blossoms into romance, and then culminates in marriage. When Emily loses her life in childbirth, the circle of life portrayed in each of the three acts—childhood, adulthood, and death—is fully realized. Often considered one of the greatest American plays of all time, Our Town is also Wilder’s most frequently staged play. It debuted on Broadway in 1938 and continues to be performed daily on stages all around the world. ~Amazon

Get the Boomerang.

Purchase the play here.


Brave Writer Language Arts

2021-2022 Book Reveal: Stay Tuned!

2021-2022 Brave Writer Book Reveal

Like the NFL Draft of Books!

It’s almost that time of year when our families get a little nutty enthusiastic.

They’re excited for good reason! 

Each spring, I announce the newly selected book titles for the coming academic year for our mechanics and literature programs—Dart, Arrow, and Boomerang.

This year, we’ve added a fourth level: Slingshot (for 15-18 year olds)!

These programs are designed to teach your kids the mechanics of writing through living literature!

The big reveal is exciting because these are:

  • books your family will read aloud together and treasure all year. 
  • books that naturally teach writing mechanics and introduce literary elements

Here at Brave Writer, we take the selection of these book titles Very Seriously!

All year, we read, discuss, and delight in the year’s latest fiction as well as relishing the classics.

  • We aim for diversity of authorship and protagonists.
  • We incorporate a variety of genres: fantasy to the classics.
  • We carefully orchestrate the sequence of the books.
  • We balance book length against the holiday demands of a given month.
  • We alternate moving, poignant books with silly, lighthearted books.
  • We launch the year with a sure-fire winner and end with a warmhearted one.

By the time we’ve settled on a book list, we’re chomping at the bit to share it with you! You can expect a lively, inspired reading journey.

Stay tuned for info about the live 2021–2022 reveal! It’s always a blast!

In the meantime…

SAVE THESE DATES (4 PM ET):

June 1: Dart and Arrow Book Reveals

June 2: Boomerang and Slingshot Book Reveals

Eeep! I’m so excited to share them with you. They will take your families on an incredible journey next year!

The Book Reveals are free to attend and we highly recommend watching with your children!

P.S. Our 2020–2021 DartArrow, and Boomerang year-long programs are still available! They will become single issues on May 30! 

Dart, Arrow, and Boomerang: Mar. 2021

Brave Writer Dart Arrow Boomerang

Good books grow empathy, and this month’s Dart, Arrow, and Boomerang selections are no exception. As we explore grammar, punctuation, spelling, and literary devices, we’ll have the opportunity to grow new perspectives and deeper understanding.

We’ll see the world through the eyes of:

  • swans,
  • young dragons,
  • and a beloved TV hero.

We’ll witness their hardships and cheer on our protagonists in their quests to overcome adversity.


[This post contains Amazon affiliate links. When you click on those links to make purchases, Brave Writer receives compensation at no extra cost to you. Thank you!]


Dart

The Trumpet of the Swan, E.B. White

Like the rest of his family, Louis is a trumpeter swan. But unlike his four brothers and sisters, Louis can’t trumpet joyfully. In fact, he can’t even make a sound. And since he can’t trumpet his love, the beautiful swan Serena pays absolutely no attention to him.

Louis tries everything he can think of to win Serena’s affection—he even goes to school to learn to read and write. But nothing seems to work. Then his father steals him a real brass trumpet. Is a musical instrument the key to winning Louis his love?

The Trumpet of the Swan joins E. B. White favorites Charlotte’s Web and Stuart Little as classic illustrated novels that continue to speak to today’s readers. Whether you curl up with your young reader to share these books or hand them off for independent reading, you are helping to create what are likely to be all-time favorite reading memories. ~Amazon

Get the Dart.

Purchase the novel here.


Arrow

Wings of Fire (Book One), Tui T. Sutherland.

A thrilling series that soars above the competition and redefines middle-grade fantasy fiction for a new generation!

The seven dragon tribes have been at war for generations, locked in an endless battle over an ancient, lost treasure. A secret movement called the Talons of Peace is determined to bring an end to the fighting, with the help of a prophecy—a foretelling that calls for great sacrifice.

Five dragonets are collected to fulfill the prophecy, raised in a hidden cave and enlisted, against their will, to end the terrible war.

But not every dragonet wants a destiny. And when the select five escape their underground captors to look for their original homes, what has been unleashed on the dragon world may be far more than the revolutionary planners intended… ~Amazon

Get the Arrow.

Purchase the novel here.


Boomerang

They Called Us Enemy, George Takei.

George Takei has captured hearts and minds worldwide with his captivating stage presence and outspoken commitment to equal rights. But long before he braved new frontiers in Star Trek, he woke up as a four-year-old boy to find his own birth country at war with his father’s—and their entire family forced from their home into an uncertain future.

In 1942, at the order of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, every person of Japanese descent on the west coast was rounded up and shipped to one of ten “relocation centers,” hundreds or thousands of miles from home, where they would be held for years under armed guard.

They Called Us Enemy is Takei’s firsthand account of those years behind barbed wire, the joys and terrors of growing up under legalized racism, his mother’s hard choices, his father’s faith in democracy, and the way those experiences planted the seeds for his astonishing future.

What does it mean to be American? Who gets to decide? When the world is against you, what can one person do? To answer these questions, George Takei joins co-writers Justin Eisinger & Steven Scott and artist Harmony Becker for the journey of a lifetime. ~Amazon

Get the Boomerang.

Purchase the novel here.


Brave Writer Language Arts

Brave Writer Cheat Sheet

Brave Writer Cheat Sheet

All aspects of the Brave Writer program are meant to make writing rewarding and enjoyable for your family. That way your kids will WANT to write. It’s the first step in writing well.  

Here’s how you can keep the positive energy going in all realms of reading and writing.

A handy cheat sheet to everything we have to offer you!

Online Classes

Need someone to take the reins for a bit? Our classes are designed to give your kids writing experience that is fun and our coaches are supportive and friendly. All ages can participate! Find our class options here. 

Language Arts through Literature

Put your workbooks away! The mechanics of language exist within literature. So let’s dive into reading that already appeals to your child, and use THAT to teach them what they need to know. Start with our literature singles, about a month’s worth of instruction. Click here!

Writing Projects

Running out of fairy dust over there? We’ve got stage appropriate writing projects all ready for you! Exercise Brave Writer principles through fun and interactive projects. We’ve got a whole YEAR’s worth in each package! 

Homeschool Support

We know you. We WERE you! Get homeschool support from me and our veteran homeschooling parents, Jeanne, Stephanie, Heather, and Erin in Brave Learner Home! Your purchases may already have qualified you for free lifetime membership! 


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