Archive for the ‘Online Classes’ Category

The Magic of IMMERSION

There’s a reason we go to conferences, retreats, and intensives. The power of immersion is real! We learn better and faster when we are saturated in what we’re trying to learn.

Brave Writer creates that immersive experience in our online classes, too. Our classes are short, so you can devote more time to them. And the entire class is in writing

Did you catch that? It may sound simple, but it’s integral to our immersive approach—writing is the vehicle for learning to write. 

The format of our classes—a writer’s workshop environment where students can read all writing submitted, not just their own—supports what they learn in class. Students:

  • Receive instruction on the class topic via engaging writing 
  • Read written instructor and student responses to their writing
  • Ask questions and receive answers in writing
  • Learn to consider audience when writing
  • Get a taste of “publishing” when they submit their work…in writing!

We want not only effective writers of assignments, but also effective  communicators in writing itself. When students engage with the written word in every aspect of the class, their experience is far richer and deeper than traditional tutorial or in-person classroom formats!

Class in Focus: The Writer’s Jungle Online

Brave Writer offers a unique 6-week coaching program just for YOU, the parent. While your kids get opportunities to write and receive comments from our instructors, you’ll learn how to coach your kids to write with confidence!

Countless parents have discovered through The Writer’s Jungle Online that writing doesn’t have to be a battleground but can be a journey into the unique, creative, quirky mind life of their children. Let’s get in there and see what they have to say, and then help them to say it—in writing! 

You can learn more about our online classes here.

We also invite you to log in to a sample class. Click around, play with our text editor, and read real instructor responses to writing posted in class.

The Writer's Jungle Online

Boomerang Book Club: October 2019

Boomerang Book Club

A road schooler at heart? Wish you could learn another language? Meet someone from the other side of the world? Think that the curriculum you bought in September is the limit of what you can explore?

THINK AGAIN! This is how you make your world bigger than your backyard: BOOKS!

Books and perspectives outside their normal range of experience grow writers. Give your kids something to think about that’s outside the box! Reading is the easiest, safest and CHEAPEST way to see the world. 

[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!]

Check out our online Boomerang Book Club (ages 13-18) selection for October:

The Red Umbrella by Christina Diaz Gonzalez.

This is the tale of 14-year-old Lucía Álvarez, who has been relocated with her younger brother from Cuba to the United States as part of Operation Pedro Pan—an operation that facilitated the flight of more than 14,000 Cuba children to the US to flee Fidel Castro’s revolution. Lucía misses the way it used to be before the revolution came marching into her small Cuban town and changed everything. As she adapts to her new life in the heartland of America, she wonders if she will ever see her parents, or her homeland, again.

Purchase the novel here.

A rich array of experience await! Join us and get a free copy of our language arts guide to go with the book.

Boomerang Book Club

Arrow Book Club: October 2019

Arrow Book Club

Got big readers at home, devouring library books one by one? We’ve got a way to make those books last a little longer! A book club!

Save yourself the hassle of hosting though! We’ve got it all laid out for you.

Log in to the Brave Writer classroom and find:

  • enthusiastic conversationalists
  • thought-provoking questions
  • exposure to diverse opinions
  • a writing coach providing activities
  • opportunities to dig deep

All you need to do is provide the snacks!

[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!]

Here’s what Brave Writers (ages 9-12) will be reading in October’s online Arrow Book Club:

Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg Medina

This novel is the 2019 Newbery winner. It’s a heartwarming (and sometimes heart wrenching) coming-of-age story with a delightfully relatable protagonist—Merci! As she navigates 6th grade, Merci struggles with the developmental and emotional changes that come with growing up. Along with her typical tween-concerns, she must also come to understand and accept the changes brought to her tight-knit family when the effects of Alzheimer’s disease alter her beloved grandfather. This is a story about growing up, growing old, and growing as a family.

Purchase the novel here.

Brave Writer offers a virtual living room space—where students gather to freely discuss the novels they read with you at home. Join us!

Arrow Book Club

Online Classes Aren’t Just for Kids!

Collaboration is tied to the best outcomes in learning. 

Working together promotes:

  • Positive atmosphere and attitude
  • Modeling of learning strategies
  • Reduced anxiety and increased focus
  • Practice articulating ideas out loud 
  • Absorption and incorporation of feedback
  • Negotiating to find shared solutions

These are essential cognitive skills in learning—and in the workplace!

Collaboration is one of our key principles of learning at Brave Writer, and we embrace it in our online classes. We value it so much, we’ve created a slew of Family Classes like our Shakespeare Family Workshop where parents are welcome to participate alongside kids! 

Brave Writer’s Shakespeare Family Workshop is a hands-on class for you and your whole family. (A ready-made opportunity for you to learn together!) Perfect for those who have not yet introduced a study of Shakespeare into their homeschools and for families who feel daunted by the Bard. 

Through craft projects, discussions, and group research, you’ll learn about Shakespeare’s life and times, his unique writing style, and more!

You won’t find classes like these anywhere else. For one price, the entire family embarks on a journey of

  • exploration,
  • writing together,
  • and supporting one another.

Help helps! 

Shakespeare Family Workshop

*NEW* Class: Songwriting

Songwriting Online Class for Kids

It surprises me every time it happens. A song comes on the radio from 20 years ago. Or 30 years ago! And I know every. single. word. 

What is it about MUSIC? We respond with so much emotion, so much vigor, so much enthusiasm. 

If only our kids reacted that way to our writing curriculum, right? Well, check out our NEW CLASS designed to do just that: Songwriting

Embrace the HARMONY between music and writing. Songs and school may sound like polar opposites, but not so! 

Look at the common elements between writing, poetry, and lyrics:

  • Engaging word choices
  • Rhythm
  • Imagery
  • Metaphor
  • Syntax
  • Alliteration and Repetition
  • Theme

We wanted an online class to give your budding songwriters a chance to shine! They will be WRITING! 

Students will

  • Discover how powerful language links poetry and songwriting
  • Engage critical-thinking skills as they relate to songwriting
  • Learn all the songwriting lingo: chorus, hook, bridge, refrain
  • Create and revise an original song

Your kids will hum and toe-tap their way to powerful writing! Join us!

Songwriting Online Class for Kids