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Brave Writer Summer Camp 2020

Brave Writer Summer Camp 2020

FREE Online Summer Camp!

July 21-22, 2020

Wondering how to kick off a great homeschool year?

Wish you knew more about Brave Writer and all its offerings?

Here’s your chance! We’ve got two days of FREE webinars to help you prepare.

We’ve got a camp handbook for you and your kids with crafts and snacks for them!

And Melissa Wiley is gracing us with a sneak peak of her brand new book, The Nerviest Girl in the World, one of our Arrow books! She’ll read aloud to your kids each day over lunch!

You can join us as it suits your schedule.

We will have replays. 

We can’t wait to serve you! Descriptions below. Sign up here.


Webinar Descriptions

On Ramp to Homeschool

Join Julie Bogart (Creator of the Brave Writer program) to hear about how to jump-start your homeschool for the fall. She’ll cover how to boot up the first six weeks and plan for a great year ahead. Great for newbies and in the “middle of the muddle” homeschoolers too. Julie will give an overview of how the whole Brave Writer program fits together. If you are still wondering how to get started with Brave Writer, this is the session for you!

Get into Gear with Reading and Writing

In this session, Dawn Smith (Director of Publishing) and Julie Bogart will talk about the power of reading aloud to your kids and how literature is a springboard for learning all the mechanics of writing. Imagine combining handwriting, spelling, grammar, and literary power using living literature! It’s a beautiful vision!

Nerviest Girl in the World

Give your kids a treat! Melissa Wiley, children’s author and Brave Writer coach and writer, has chosen to share her brand new book with our community first: The Nerviest Girl in the World! You can bring your kids to listen and know that they are getting the sneak peak! She’ll read for 20-30 minutes with all the voices!

The Horsepower of Short, Focused, Online Writing Classes

Our award-winning online writing classes are unlike any on the market. Kirsten Merryman (Director of Online Classes) and Jen Holman (Senior Writing Coach and Trainer) offer insights into how to maximize the power of a class in your child’s writing life. Discover how your kids can fall in love with writing!

Roadmap to Your Best Homeschool Life: Brave Learner Home

Imagine having support, friendship, coaching, and resources that give you what you need when you need them. Our Brave Learner Home community is designed to offer you the space you need to grow. Our goal is not to scrutinize curriculum but to work with the underlying principles of healthy family life combined with how to harness the power of natural learning. We’ll also take care of you, so you have the stamina to keep going. Join Jeanne Faulconer (Director of the Brave Learner Home) and Julie Bogart for an hour of inspiration!


Register + Get Handbook

The entire Brave Writer team is excited to serve you this year.

Get ready for your best homeschool year yet!

Brave Writer Summer Camp

About the Wand

The Wand

Brave Writer has a change coming.

Our popular “learning to read” program, the Wand, is returning to its original creator, Rita Cevasco. When Rita created the Wand for Brave Writer, she was in private practice. Today, she has her own thriving company called Rooted in Language

In reviewing our goals and hers, the Wand fits so beautifully with what she’s building, it felt important for Rita to have the rights back to sell and support it. She’s also rolling out a brand new phonics program called Pinwheels that dovetails beautifully with the Wand.

What does that mean for Brave Writer?

We will sell the Wand until July 15. You can purchase the Jot it Down! bundle with the Wand and be added to the Brave Learner Home. After July 15, all Wand purchases will be through Rita’s company.

Brave Writer is producing a new product to release in 2021 for this youngest level of student that will focus on writing, rather than learning to read.

  • Purchase the Wand on the Brave Writer website for now, here.
  • Purchase the Jot it Down! bundle with the Wand, here.

Read more details about the Brave Learner Home Special Offer.

To discuss this change in more detail and to learn more about this offer, please come to my Facebook Live on Thursday, July 2 at 4:00 PM.

2020-2021 Arrows and Boomerangs

2020-2021 Arrows and Boomerangs plus the Dart

Did you miss the Book Reveal Party? Or would you like to watch it again? 

Don’t worry. We’ve got you covered!

Grab your tea and a treat. Pull your kids over to watch with you. Make a list of books you are looking forward to reading next year. 

Watch here!


Pressed for time?

Go directly to the Dart, Arrow and Boomerang pages on our website for the book lists and links to their pages on Amazon.

ETA: We have replaced Cricket in Times Square with The Prairie Thief by Melissa Wiley for the Dart in September.


What’s included in our year-long language arts programs? 

  • The Dart is designed for kids 8-10 years of age.
  • The Arrow is for children 11-12 years of age.
  • The Boomerang is teens 13-15 years of age.

Each Mechanics and Literature program includes:

  • Four expertly selected copywork and dictation passages
  • Lively, clearly worded notes about spelling, punctuation, grammar, and literary elements related to the passages
  • Discussion of literary craft
  • Big Juicy Questions to inspire conversation and writing
  • Book Club Party ideas to celebrate the completion of the book and guide
  • Guidelines that teach you how to use copywork and dictation to teach the mechanics of writing (Look for the separate guidelines PDF in the after-purchase email from Brave Writer.

*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.