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Brave Writer, Homeschooling, Literature

Top Ten Brave Writer Arrow Guides

I confess.

I am a paper girl trapped in a world of PDF’s.  Despite these handy electronic files,  I continue to print out most everything. And this includes my homeschool curriculum guides.

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Open my file cabinet in the basement and preview the stacks and stacks of Brave Writer Arrow guides from three full years of subscriptions.  Thirty printed guides are sitting in my files in addition to their PDF counterparts sitting on my computer.  I am not really sure why I feel the need to save the printed copy, but I do.

So as part of my procrastination file cabinet organization, I pulled out all of my Brave Writer Arrow Guides and sorted them until I found my favorite guides released in the school years that began in 2013, 2014, and 2016.  This list does NOT include any titles from the current school year (2016-2017).

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Book Clubs, Brave Writer, Homeschooling

Creating a Book Club for Kids

Our monthly book clubs are one of the best things that ever happened to our homeschool.

From the first attempt at the fun for the Hunger Games to our most recent book styled two ways for the Green Ember, our book clubs have become a huge hit with my kids.

Of course, this means that I receive a lot of questions about is starting a book club for kids.  And while a lot of information about my book clubs can be found on this blog and my YouTube channel, I thought I’d answer some of your most common questions.

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Book Clubs, Brave Writer, Homeschooling, Literature

My Children’s Book Club Plans this Year

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Last year I organized two successful book clubs for my daughters:  The Arrow Book Club (5th/6th) and the Boomerang Book Club (7th/8th).  We follow the Brave Writer literature suggestions for our titles and our family uses the Brave Writer Language Arts book guides at home.

This year the girls have graduated so the Arrow Book Club will include 6th and 7th grade girls while the Boomerang Book Club will include 8th and 9th grade girls.  I will also be adding a boys book club for 3rd-6th grade boys! Continue Reading

Brave Writer, grammar, Homeschooling, Periscope

Writing Concrete Poems

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Our January Arrow Guide was for the book, “Love That Dog” by Sharon Creech.

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The copy work and discussion provided in week two were based on the concrete poems found in the book.  The poems served as a spring board for our discussion about parts of speech with my children, as suggested in our Arrow Guide.

Using the poem in the back of the book, as well as the copy work selection for the week, we identified nouns, adjectives and verbs.

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Then, instead of copying the provided selection, my kids were eager to write their own concrete poems.

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If you are interested in seeing a detailed explanation of how I use the Arrow Guides to teach grammar through literature, then you can watch the periscope of this activity  below: