*I received the Brave Writer program to try for free and have been compensated for my time. All opinions are 100% my own.
Are you looking for ways to encourage writing in your homeschool?
I’ve always loved to write, I think that goes hand in hand with loving to read which has always been one of my favorite things to do. Ever since I can remember I’ve had my nose in a book. So writing came second nature to me. I’ve always loved putting words together in stories, articles… blog posts.
I cannot say the same for my boys.
Writing is not something they have enjoyed.
And I’m pretty sure that’s my fault.
You see I approached writing like every other school subject, something to be worked through, something to be technical about, something that in some aspects is forced.
So writing… got groans from my kids.
It is so important to me that my kids learn to write well though, that they can write creatively, that they can write reports and technical information. That writing can be an effective form of communication for them in any way they need it.
Enter in the Brave Writer Program.
I have to say when I first read through the program I was intrigued. It was an approach to writing and teaching kids to write that was creative, open, laid back and effective.
The Brave Writer program was developed by Julie Bogart, a professional writer, who approaches writing in a way that no other curriculum does.
First I want to tell you about the Brave Writer Lifestyle– the basis for all the lessons and all the levels. It sets the foundation for making writing a wonderful experience.
Writing is approached as part of language development, as a new form of communication, one to be nurtured and eased into. She explains that writing can develop like speaking does with little bits first developing into words, then sentences, then paragraphs, then stories. And just like speaking we should encourage each step instead of jumping into the technical parts head first.
You are encouraged to embrace being at home and all the comfort it has to offer. To make yourself and your kids comfortable, enjoy your surroundings, and being able to relax and let the creative juices flow.
The Brave Writer Lifestyle incorporates poetry tea times, family movie nights, nature studies, art appreciation and music appreciation. It approaches language arts as one of the arts not such an academic pursuit.
I love how so many things are incorporated and made into learning opportunities. As a homeschooler I’ve never felt that learning had to stop and start at certain times but that it learning is a lifestyle and something that can be incorporated into each and every aspect of life.
The brave writer lifestyle encourages intentional learning through all types of creative endeavors. It also looks for routine over schedule. Not needing to get certain things done at certain times but regularly working and building skills.
Incorporating Brave Writer Into Your Homeschool
We have started the program for younger children called Jot it Down and Daniel, my most reluctant writer is really enjoying it.
Each program is for a full school year, so the lessons can build, and the routines can become something the children look forward to .
Jot it Down starts with an oral program. One that is designed to help kids think big, get creative and tap into their imagination without having the pressure of writing it all down. Daniel is a big story teller and really into asking questions like, “What would you do if?” or “Can you imagine?” This program harnesses that creative mind and explores it. It allows for dictation from child to parent so that they gain confidence with their story telling abilities.
The program continues to writing projects that are immersive and creative. Anything from field trips to an art museum to illustrating fairy tales, the subjects range from mini books to party planning. Each project with visual and writing aspects to keep your writer interested.
This isn’t your typical Language Arts program. You aren’t going to find boring fill-in-the-blanks work pages. You aren’t going to find paragraphs to read an summarize, you won’t find spelling lists and pages on sentence structure.
What you will find is that by following along with the brave writer thinking, and approaching writing as an art and a stage in language development you will be better able to encourage your student, let them enjoy the process, and have it become a creative outlet for years to come.
The Brave Writer program is available in 4 different levels, “Jot it Down” ages 5-8, “Partnership Writing” ages 9-10, “Faltering Ownership” ages 11-12, “Transition to Ownership” ages 13-14, and “The Great Conversation” for ages 15-18. So it is a program that can grow with your children and lead them through learning from kindergarten through high school. At the high school level credits, grades and transcripts are issued to help in your job as a homeschool parent!
The program is also incredibly affordable, and so easy because it’s a simple download. You can print it out if that suits you, or just read it from your desk top!
You can even get a 10% discount through September 21st with code iHomeschoolDiscount.
Although the program is creative and relaxed it also prepares students for technical writing, research reports, and all the writing skills they need for high school and beyond. It just approaches it in a way that doesn’t feel quite so boring.
If you have kids who love writing, Brave Writer will be something they will thrive with. For more reluctant writers like mine Brave Writer is encouraging and easy to use, and helps foster a love of writing that this mama hopes will be life long.
For more information hop over to the Brave Writer website to see everything they have to offer.
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