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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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Brave Writer, Homeschooling, Literature

Innovative Homeschooling: Let’s Talk Literature

Homeschooling parents love literature lists. love. love. love.

Quality literature is an important part of our homeschools.  Historical fiction.  Classics. Biographies. Non-fiction. The list goes on. and on. and on. Till we finally narrow down the titles we will attack for the school year.

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And as we sift through our literature options, I’d like to offer a few thoughts to encourage homeschooling parents to embrace the role of an innovator when it comes to literature.Lets talk literature Continue Reading

Homeschooling, Literature, Shakespeare

Shakespeare for Kids: Books that Introduce the Bard

I typically end our school year by spending time with William Shakespeare.

Not literally. Obviously. Because he died in 1616.

But we learn about his life, his plays, and his words using picture books and easy chapter books.

We also read one of his plays. We keep it light-hearted and fun, but they are establishing a great foundation in Shakespeare and literature that will serve them well in high school and beyond.

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Books We Read, Homeschooling, Literature

Our Homeschool Week in Books?

(FYI: I periscope – @notbefore7 – every Saturday to share these books.  You can find the one for this list here.!)

So what did we read this week?

Non-fiction:

(How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous is FANTASTIC.  Interesting.  Informative. We read a little each day.)

Non-fiction Picture Books (Colonial Focus):

Our read-aloud chapter books:

(I adore all of the books in the Great Illustrated Classics series.)

Geography, Antarctica Focus:

(This book wasn’t only about Antarctic Animals, but had two sections specifically on them.)

Poetry:

(This book was unique in that every poem was written in both English and Spanish.)

Fun and Learning, Winter Theme:

Fun and Learning, General Literature:

(You’ll notice that this section has a lot of books this week, but I had a sick six-year old so we did quite a bit of reading on the sofa.)

So what are you reading?

Brave Writer, grammar, Homeschooling, Literature

Grammar Lesson using The Arrow: Love that Dog

Grammar.  The word can evoke very strong opinions.

Who knew grammar was such a hot topic?  Probably very few parents.  Unless they decided to homeschool.

And once you weed through all of the philosophies, it can be quite confusing to find the actual best fit for your family.  I know because we have tried so many options!

One teaching option that feels very natural for our homeschool is teaching grammar through literature passages.  The Brave Writer literature guides, The Arrow, have been the backbone of this process in our house.
Our family has found that teaching grammar with literature as the tool has been a great fit for our homeschool. Here is just one example of how we did it!

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Brave Writer, Homeschooling, Literature

New School Routine: Morning Basket

A few weeks ago, Julie Bogart shared, “Five tips for a sane morning” on periscope and described her family’s morning routine during the homeschooling years. Julie’s family often spent up to an hour reading to kick off the day.  It sounded blissful, as well as educational.

I could immediately feel the wheels turning in my mind!

I used the extra brain space available during our holiday break to brainstorm what I might keep in my morning basket. As soon as the holiday break ended, I was ready to kick off our new Morning Basket.

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