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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

*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.

*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:

Free Webinar: The Natural Stages of Growth in Writing

Natural Stages of Growth in Writing

Natural Stages of Growth in Writing
with Julie Bogart

FREE Webinar!

  • Do you wonder if your child is at grade level in writing?
  • Worried that public schooled kids are doing MORE writing than your same-aged child?
  • Curious about why one child writes freely and well while a sibling balks, cries, and resists?
  • Need some fresh ideas to get your kids motivated to write?

Glad you asked!

I’d like to invite you to join me for a Fall Teacher In-Service Training about writing. We’ll discuss the natural developmental stages of growth in writing and how to address each age and stage with practical help.

The webinar was held live on November 20, 2018 but no worries if you missed it!

Here’s the REPLAY

Faltering Ownership Basics

Faltering Ownership

What is the Faltering Ownership stage of writing?

The stop and start stage of writing. Students show bursts of growth, pencil management, keyboarding skills, some spelling triumphs mixed with obvious errors, variable punctuation, moments of brilliance, and paragraphs of insipidity. Pride in successful writing experiences alternate with struggle.

How do I know if my child is in the Faltering Ownership stage?

Your child:

  • tires quickly, but can get some writing to the page without help from the parent.
  • takes pride in his work and wants to improve it or share it.
  • doesn’t retain correct spellings even after “learning” them.
  • needs support, shows some independence, but also resists input from parent-editor.

In other words, one day your child gets a detailed story to paper. The next week, she complains that she hates writing. This is often seen in eleven and twelve year olds but don’t be governed by age range. Focus instead on the description and match it to your individual child.

Faltering Ownership Stage of Writing

I think my child is in the Faltering Ownership stage. Now what?

1) Listen to the Faltering Ownership podcast.

2) See Faltering Ownership in action

Word Tickets
Wild Words

3) Check out how other homeschoolers implement the Brave Writer program

Fifth Grade Creative Writing (Look, We’re Learning)
A Review of Brave Writer’s Faltering Ownership (Life on a Canadian Island)

4) Consider Brave Writer products and online classes for additional help such as our Faltering Ownership Home Study Course:

Faltering_Ownership_Natural_StagesA Year-Long Language Arts Plan!
11-12 year olds (age range is approximate)

Developmentally appropriate projects.
Step-by-step instructions.
A weekly and monthly plan.

The Writer’s Jungle provides you with the essential tools that enable you to be an effective writing coach. Faltering Ownership is the product that gives you a practical routine (think, schedule ala Brave Writer).

Download a FREE sample on our product page.