Friday Freewrite: Underground or Treetop

Friday Freewrite

You must choose: live for the rest of your life like the Swiss Family Robinson in a tree house or like Frodo Baggins in an underground home. Which would you pick and why? And what are pros and cons to each?

New to freewriting? Check out our online guide.


Harry Potter *Updated* Arrow Guide

Updated Harry Potter Arrow

The world of Harry Potter is bursting with surprise, mystery, risk, and adventure! Delightful names like Quidditch and Diagon Alley abound. Peculiar characters (including one who deems explosion from school to be more dire than death) are the norm.


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A magical school for witches and wizards—with invitations delivered by owl, no less—provides the backdrop for the adventures of the first installment of the seven-book series: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

You and your children can explore all of this and more in our

Updated and Expanded
 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone ARROW Guide!

Along with all the usual elements of our Arrow guides (grammar, punctuation, spelling, literary element, and writing activity), the guide has been updated with nine Big Juicy Questions and Party School Book Club ideas.

Who is ready for a magical book club party to celebrate the completion of the book?

The Arrow guide is a companion to you, the parent. It’s the language arts partner that helps you teach writing mechanics and literary elements to multiple children of varying ages and skills—all with one guide!

Grow your young writers while following Harry, Ron, and Hermione on their adventure!

Win! Win!

Get the Harry Potter Arrow


FYI: Save the Date! The 2019–2020 Arrow and Boomerang book list reveal is May 31! More details soon!


If you are a planner and want a year-long language arts program right now, grab the 2018-2019 Arrow or Boomerang collection at the year-of-release discount rate—available until May 30!


Blog Roundup: April 2019 Edition

Brave Writer Blog Roundup

Welcome to the latest Brave Writer blog roundup! See how other homeschooling families use Brave Writer products and practice the Brave Writer Lifestyle.

How to Create Writing Topics That Excite Your Kids Using a Topic Funnel – Dachelle (Hide the Chocolate)

Choosing a writing topic is more than just picking something your child is interested in writing. It involves narrowing the topic to something that your child can handle. Read More

How to Actually Love to Teach Writing – Alicia (Learning Well)

Brave Writer’s writing programs are not based on grade level–not by a long shot. The programs are based on skill level. They meet your child right where they are, developmentally. Read More

How to Bring the Element of Surprise into Your Homeschool – The Brave Homeschooling Mama

Writing Lessons with The Three Little Pigs (Creative Writing for Multiple Ages) – Kay (Heart-to-Heart Homeschooling)

Yes, your students need writing instruction and assignments according to their grade levels, but that doesn’t mean you can’t at least do some activities together. The key: expect students to produce work at the appropriate level for their ages. Read More

What if Elizabeth Bennet Had a Blog? (A Creative Writing & Literature Study for Teens) – Kay (Heart-to-Heart Homeschooling)

Time is limited. So how can a homeschool mom cover all of these different components of language arts study—the essay, literary analysis, and creativity? The answer is simple: combine them. Read More

Brave Writer Partnership Writing Review – April The (Simple Rugged Path)

How to Homeschool in the Midst of Family Hurt – Dachelle (Hide the Chocolate)

Homeschooling thrives when we shift from power over our kids to power with them—building empathetic relationships where the parent and child are partners in learning. Read More

Shakespeare in Spring: The Ultimate Guide to Teaching Shakespeare in Elementary and Middle School – Dachelle (Hide the Chocolate)

Are you a Fen-sucked Dull-Eyed Canker-blossom? Do you know how many sonnets the Bard wrote, or which phrases we use that he coined? Have you any idea what an oxlip looks like? If you’re curious about answering any of these questions, then this Ultimate Guide to Teaching Shakespeare might be for you! Read More

Brave Writer Lifestyle


The Homeschool Alliance: May 2019

The Homeschool Alliance

How do we help our kids find the right balance of challenge, competence, and meaning? How does the development of our children’s values play into their academics as well as their values?

Join us in the Homeschool Alliance as we continue our book club for The Brave Learner.

In May we’ll look at the ways information, ideas, and skills can become our children’s personal possession through their

  • minds,
  • bodies,
  • hearts,
  • and spirits.

These Ports of Entry, or “access points,” are where education takes root and grows deep inside each child.

We’ll expand our understanding of how children use their minds to learn, and we’ll discuss how learning is also initiated by paying attention to kids’ bodies, hearts, and spirits.

Let’s talk about how we can nurture our children wholly, through all their Ports of Entry, as we homeschool. Also, download a FREE Companion Guide for the book here.

If you missed any of the first three book clubs, you’re in luck! All of the replays are housed inside the Homeschool Alliance so you can listen and watch as you have time.

Join us in May as we continue our book club meetings.

Book Club Webinar: Tuesday May 14 at 7:00 PM ET.

Hope to see you there!

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The Homeschool Alliance

Friday Freewrite: Eyes Play Tricks

Friday Freewrite

Remember the last time your “eyes played tricks” on you. Imagine: what if the image you thought you saw was real?! Explore that idea and write about it.

New to freewriting? Check out our online guide.