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Brave Writer, Family Connections, Homelife, Homeschooling, Parenting

Conversation Starters for Families to use All Year Long

Our family began a simple tradition many years ago that has had an incredibly positive impact on our dinner conversation.

We stopped asking our kids how their day was or what they did that day. Instead, we asked two simple questions:

  • What was the highlight of your day? (or what was your favorite part of the day?)
  • What was the hardest part of your day?

Our oldest child was only around 8 years old when we began to ask these questions on a regular basis and these two questions became the foundation for our current family conversation starters.

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Brave Writer, Gifts, Homelife, Homeschooling

Gifts Inspired by the Brave Writer Lifestyle

Gift giving is such fun. I love surprising people and finding the perfect gift. Shopping for my kids brings me joy. Truly.

On the same hand, I don’t want a big pile of “stuff” left around after a holiday celebration or birthday. This forces me to think before I buy.

I want gifts that are fun and practical. It is a possible combination! I don’t want to find myself overwhelmed with stuff for the sake of stuff.

This is where my creativity comes in. I need to find things that will be inspiring, useful, and a joy to give.

So in the spirit of practical AND fun gifts, I present the following ideas inspired by our love for the Brave Writer lifestyle.

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Book Clubs, Brave Writer, Homeschooling, Literature

More Than a Shelf of Books

I am not one of those moms who can’t get rid of books. I am a purger. And I have no problem purging books.

The way I see it, that is what libraries are for. Libraries house my books.

But even I have my soft spots and my memories, so I must admit that there is a section of our hallway bookcase that is more than just a shelf of books.

It is a collection of memories that will always be exempt from purging.

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Brave Writer, Geography, Homeschooling

Geography using Brave Writer

We are going to Learn Around the World this school year, and I am feeling inspired and a little overwhelmed with great ideas.

Most of that is due to our Learn Around the World Facebook group. The Facebook group is filled with inspiring homeschool moms who are sharing great tips and brainstorming resources.

This post was inspired when one mom began a thread with a question: Anyone pairing up Brave Writer books with the different countries?

Great question. I decided to do a little research on the titles and sort the Brave Writer Boomerang and Arrow titles by continent and country.  They are available below and in the files section of my Facebook group as a downloadable PDF.


Explore Geography using Brave Writer. You'll find Brave Writer Arrow and Boomerang Titles organized by Geographic Location.

The following titles are used by Brave Writer for the Arrow and Boomerang Literature Guides. You can simply read them aloud to your family, or if you want to dig deeper into these titles, a literature guide for each of these books can be purchased in the Brave Writer store.

The books on this list range from a 3rd-grade level through high school. Please note that you should use your own discretion when it comes to the appropriateness of a book’s content for your family.

In addition, I recommend doing your own research to be certain that a title lines up with your educational goals for that particular country or continent.

I have listed titles that take place in a specific location or help the reader better understand the experience of someone who is from that country, even if the book takes place in a different country.

Geography Using Brave Writer

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North America

(USA not included as the majority of titles take place in the USA)

Anne of Green Gables – Anne’s adventures take place in Canada
Esperanza Rising – Mexico and California
What the Moon Saw – Mexico and USA
Mountains Beyond Mountains – Haiti

      

Asia

A Single Shard – Korea
Master Puppeteer – Japan
Sadako and 1000 Paper Cranes – Japan
The Big Wave – Japan
The Ghost at Takaido Inn – Japan
The Thing About Luck – Japan
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon – Chinese Folklore
Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze – China
Cracker! Best Dog in Vietnam – Vietnam (NOTE: content is about the Vietnam War)
Inside Out and Back Again – Vietnamese refugee flees to the US (Entire book written in freeverse poetry)
Same Sun Here – India (Immigrant from India in US)
I am Malala – Pakistan
Persepolis – Iran (Graphic Novel)
Sold – Nepal (NOTE: content is descriptive about Human Trafficking)
The Bronze Bow – Isreal

Europe

The Midwife’s Apprentice – Medieval England
Crispin: The Cross of Lead – England (14th century)
Shakespeare’s Scribe – England (Black Plague; Globe Theater)
The Inquisitor’s Tale – France
Echo – Germany (Three tales intertwine. One begins in Nazi Germany)
The Book Thief – Germany (Nazi Germany)
Diary of a Young Girl – Germany (Nazi Germany)
Number the Stars – Denmark (WWII)
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich – Russia (WWII)
Endless Steppe – Russia/Siberia (family taken from Poland)

Africa

Journey to Jo’burg – South Africa
Cry, The Beloved Country – South Africa
A Long Walk to Water – Sudan
The Red Pencil – Sudan

Oceania

Kon Tiki – Polynesia

Antarctica

Mr. Poppers Penguins – takes place in the US, but a penguin is involved.

South America

Secret of the Andes – Peru

If you want to print this out as a PDF document, then you can find it in the files section of the Learn Around the World Facebook group. I’d love to have you join us.

Traveling the world through literature is just one of the many ways to study geography without leaving your home.  Happy Travels.

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Brave Writer, Homeschooling, Periscope

Brave Writer Lifestyle Video Guides

The Brave Writer Lifestyle began in this house began in August of 2013 and continues to this day. Elements of the lifestyle and products from the Brave Writer curriculum are the backbone of our homeschool language arts program.

 

I share my love of Brave Writer with anyone who asks.  And for much of 2016, I shared it with the world using Periscope.

All of my past periscopes are now available my YouTube channel. Many of them include aspects of the Brave Writer Lifestyle in our home.

If you are hoping to implement aspects of the the Brave Writer Lifestyle in your homeschool, then this video collection is for you.

A collection of periscopes that help to explain and unpack our Brave Writer Lifestyle.

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Brave Writer, Holidays, Homelife, Homeschooling

Cyber Monday Deals

After a weekend of eating and Black Friday shopping, it is time to curl up with your laptop and hit the deals.

That’s right.  It is Cyber Monday and boy do I have the most amazing Homeschool Deal to announce!

Visit the Brave Writer Holiday Shoppe and pick up a few specialty items.

Brave Writer Cyber Monday Deals

My most favorite ever curriculum is 30% off the ENTIRE store today (with exception of the amazon based products).  That’s right. Brave Writer products are 30% off today with the code: GIVETHEMPIE.

Best of all, the Brave Writer Holiday Shoppe has new products for you to check out:

This first one is definitely on my list.

The Brave Writer Holiday Shoppe will offer a special blend of tea for the holidays.Gilgamesh Tea – Describe on their site as “a fruit and herbal blend with a warm spice flavor profile that is slightly sweet. It’s perfect for children just learning to enjoy a cup of tea with hints of the season: apple, cinnamon, and pomegranate.”   (Each tin contains enough for 15 cups of tea)

The Brave Write Holiday Shoppe will offer hashtag shirts in the Holiday Shoppe.Brave Writer Shirts – Check out the list of Brave Writer hashtags on these shirts.  If you are a fan of the Brave Writer Lifestyle then you will love what you see here.  Best of all, the shirts are available in black or white and have a variety of neckline choices.  They can be printed on short or long sleeve shirts as well as printed on hoodies.

In addition to these new products, you can order curriculum titles for 30% off, so think ahead for next semester AND next year!

In addition to the tea and a shirt, I hope to purchase: Faltering Ownership (writing projects for 11-12-year-olds).  I’ll be modifying the projects in this guide for my kids ranging in ages from 7-14 years old this year.  I own Jot it Down (ages 5-8) and Partnership Writing (ages 9-10) and often pull from them, so it will be nice to have the full set!

Need a few ideas:

Top Ten Arrow Guides
How we Use the Arrow Guides
Brave Writer Retreat DVD’s – My Weekend Experience
Party School Ideas: Poppy by Avi; Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery; The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton

Other Homeschool Cyber Monday Deals

Amazing deals on Kiwi, Doodle, and Tinker Crates and a $10 credit toward your order.

Get $10 and a great deal on kiwicrates.

Chalk Pastels Guides at You are an Artist are all half off!  We have used the American Landmarks book this year and loved the results.

Black Friday-Cyber Monday sale

Fashion Challenge Deal Deadline

Finally, don’t forget that today is the last day to sign up for the Fashion Challenge Annual Membership. Read more in my previous fashion challenge post.

Get the Annual Fashion Challenge Membership and learn all about how it works.

Enjoy Cyber Monday!  If you want links to amazing amazon deals today, be sure to follow me on Facebook. I’ll be sharing them throughout the day.