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*NEW* Faltering Ownership Planner

Faltering Ownership Planner

Calling all Brave Writers with Faltering-Ownership-age kids! We’ve heard you!

  • If you’re a planner—
  • If you’re a planner-from-behind—
  • If you’re somewhere in between—

We’ve got your back with new tools that make using our Faltering Ownership program easier than ever!

Introducing a Faltering Ownership supplement: the Faltering Ownership Project Planner!

Week in Focus Planner & Writing Skills Trackers!
And for your child, the Student Monthly Project Planner!

Faltering Ownership Planner

Each Faltering Ownership project has a custom designed:

  • Week in Focus Planner and
  • Writing Skills Tracker 

That’s right! 

  • Ten planning sheets
  • Ten skills trackers
  • Customized to each project—over 20 pages in all!

The Week in Focus Planner will help you 

  • 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 will provide you with 

  • 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 Faltering Ownership or the Faltering Ownership bundle before 2/17/2020, you’ll need to purchase the Planner a la carte. Follow this link for more details.

Faltering Ownership Planner

If you’d like to hear me explain how to use the Faltering Ownership Planner, watch this recorded broadcast:

Brand new with Brave Writer

We've heard you! You want to plan your weeks and track your children's writing skills. You also want to nudge them toward greater independence in planning and executing their writing projects. Today I'm sharing with you our brand new product that does just that! We'll answer questions in the chat whether you watch live or are viewing on replay.Learn more here: https://store.bravewriter.com/collections/writing-projects/products/faltering-ownershiphttps://store.bravewriter.com/products/faltering-ownership-planner

Posted by Brave Writer on Monday, April 27, 2020

A Surprise Package of New Ideas

A Surprise Package of New Ideas

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.

*NEW* Partnership Writing Planner

Partnership Writing Planner

We promised! The Partnership Writing Planner has come out on schedule, despite the wild ride we’re all on together. I see you over there hunkering down. Well done!

The Jot It Down! Planner has been wildly successful! 

Next up: Partnership Writing!  🎉

Our NEW Partnership Writing Planner provides:

  • Clarity about how to implement Brave Writer programs and the Brave Writer Lifestyle. Check!
  • Support for planning ahead. Check!
  • Tools to keep track of good work and writing skill development. Check!

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 tool to 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 Planner helps

  • 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 link for more details.

Partnership Writing Planner

Want to learn more? Watch this recorded broadcast.

Needing Support Due to COVID-19?

Welcome Home

We know many of you are “suddenly-at-home schoolers” and most of you are “already homeschoolers.” 

During this time of confinement due to COVID-19, all of us may feel a little uneasy, at loose ends, and antsy. Brave Writer has lots of resources to help you.

We’ve made some of our paid resources free until April 30, 2020 so that you can enjoy them without spending a dime. 

We’ve also created a 20% off discount code (scroll down) for those who want to purchase our products but are going through an economically challenging moment (like all of us, really).

Finally, take a look at our online classes listed below if you are looking for short-term, powerful writing instruction while your kids are home from traditional school or are being homeschooled. 

Our classes are 3-6 weeks in length and new ones start every Monday.


FREE RESOURCES

100 Daily Writing Tips (Writing prompts for the whole family, 144 pages!)

7-Day Writing Blitz (One week of pure writing fun!)

44 Ways to Grow as a High School Writer

Friday Freewriting Prompts

Content from the Homeschool Alliance

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).

Master Classes: Creating the Learning Environment

Also taken from the Homeschool Alliance, these are webinars and readings to help you create a healthy context for learning.

A Gracious Space

Download my book, A Gracious Space: Spring.

These daily readings give you support and encouragement. Included: 50 non-sectarian essays designed to comfort you when you run up against your limitations and to provide energy for learning at home.


If you’re brand new to Brave Writer you can learn more here: Get Started.


SPECIAL DISCOUNT!

Use STUCKATHOME to purchase products in the Brave Writer Store and get 20% OFF through Friday, March 27, 2020, at midnight EDT.

Download our free Product Sample Set here.


EXTRA SUPPORT: 3-6 WEEK ONLINE CLASSES

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.

Ages 9-12

Family Classes

High School

Movie Discussion Clubs (Discounts when you sign up for 2 or more)


More FREE information and support

And we have so much more for you to read, peruse, or pop into your earbuds.

Brave Writer Podcast

The Brave Writer Lifestyle

A Brave Writer’s Life in Brief Blog

Brave Writer YouTube Channel

Poetry Teatime (Download the FREE Quick Start Guide)

The Brave Learner Companion Guide (goes with The Brave Learner, Julie’s book)

Questions? Contact help@bravewriter.com

Watch the recorded broadcast below to learn more.

*NEW* Jot It Down Planner

Jot It Down! Planner

Party time! 🎉

You told us what you wanted. We heard you!

  • If you’re a planner.
  • If you’re a planner-from-behind.
  • If you’re somewhere in between… 

We’ve got your back!

Last June we launched brand new planning and tracking tools for the Arrow and Boomerang, our programs that teach the mechanics of writing through literature.

These tools were an astonishing success! Thank you for using them and giving us your feedback.

And so, we looked ahead to our other products and Ta Da! 

We’ve added a planning and tracking tool to the Jot It Down! program, making it easier to use than ever!

Introducing a Jot It Down! supplement we call: the Jot It Down! Planner.

Each Jot It Down! project has a custom designed:

  • Week in Focus Planner and
  • Writing Skills Tracker 

That’s right! 

  • Ten planning sheets
  • Ten skills trackers
  • Customized to each project—over 20 pages in all!

The Week in Focus Planner will help you 

  • 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 will provide you with 

  • 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

These flexible tools help you

  • plan ahead
  • plan from behind
  • track growth
  • reassure yourself of progress
  • craft end-of-year evaluations
  • and show you the path to progress in writing 

Jot It Down! will now include the Jot It Down! Planner with every purchase.


NOTE: If you purchased Jot It Down! or the Jot It Down! bundle before 2/17/2020, you’ll need to purchase the Planner a la carte. Follow this link for more details.


We’re excited for you to experience greater and greater ease and clarity about your children’s growth in writing. We want to support you every step of the way!

Go take a look at the Jot It Down! Planner and let us know how it works for you!

If you’d like to hear me explain how to use the Jot It Down! Planner, watch this recorded broadcast: