I'm passing along the latest Bravewriter newsletter for anyone who may be interested in some fun writing and book discussion opportunities:
Brave Writer language arts programs are for busy moms who want to execute their best intentions, but don't have time to craft lessons that tie together dictation, copywork, grammar, spelling, vocabulary, literary style and literature into a neat bow. We use passages from classic novels to teach things like dialog punctuation, spelling rules (and exceptions), the power of an opening hook, the beauty of a well-crafted description, new vocabulary words and grammar conventions.
Language arts shouldn't require a slog through artificially created sentences to "teach a point." Rather, there should be some way to maximize the novels you enjoy to do that teaching for you. An editor I admire once said that the only way to grow in writing syntax (how we put words together) is to sit in a parlor chatting with great writers. I like to picture E.B. White, Ernest Hemingway, Sandra Cisneros, Jane Austen, Laura Ingalls Wilder, William Shakespeare, Bette Bao Lord, Lois Lowry and Charles Dickens all sipping tea together, with me in the center of the group. Unfortunately, most of them are dead. The next best thing is to hang out with their writing... consistently pondering it, copying it, reading it, discussing it.
That's what the Brave Writer Language Arts Subscription programs aim to do!
The Boomerang automatically subscribes you to both a forum for the book discussions and the monthly issue, as most of you have indicated that you prefer. (However, for those who wish to receive the digital monthly issue only, you may order these for a reduced rate without participating in the book discussions.)
The Boomerang offers dictation passages, notes and "think piece" questions to help your kids explore the novels in greater depth. Once they've read the books, students come to a specially created forum for kids just like themselves to discuss the "think piece" questions. That discussion is led by me, Julie.
A sample issue of the Boomerang can be viewed here.
The Boomerang's first book for August is The House on Mango Street. We begin discussion on August 13. If you subscribe to the monthly payment plan between now and the 13th, we'll rebate $9.95 of your first month's $24.95 subscription price!
Live honestly, write bravely,
P.S. The Arrow and Boomerang are now open for registration and subscription. Check out the Arrow (4th-6th) and Boomerang (7th-9th) for more details on year-long enrollment. For monthly subscription information, go to our order page.