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I am hoping one of you Bravewriter users can help me figure this out. I think I have a handle on how it works basically with the 3 components. And I think I like it though I see it will be a bit mom intensive. It feels much less intimidating than most curriculums. I downloaded some samples and the kids and I did a lesson from he sample of Faltering Ownership (my kids are 9-15). It was an exercise in collecting words. The 9 and 12 year old had fun, my writing alergic 9th grade son hated it, but he hates all pencil work. I am thinking of investing in the set, but I am afraid since I spent a few hundred dollars on IEW and dont care for it. I dont want to waste money. So I have a few questions for those who are experienced.
1. My 9 and 12 year old are using Cottage Press and I do like it, though I am not sure the writing portion will lead them to great writing. For the 9yo I like that it has all those silly things I neglect – letter writing, months, days of the week, your address etc. The grammar in it is quite thorough. Does BW include any of that stuff? I see the Arrows and Boomerangs have grammar, but if I pick and choose how do I know I am doing a good job?
2. If I start my 9th grader in Faltering ownership for the next two months will he be ready for high school helps next year? I hate having my 7th and 9th grader doing the same work because of the competition. My 9th grader is easily discouraged and my 7th grader likes to write. Should I just purchase the Writers Jungle and use those ideas till the end of the year and then buy the actual lessons for their levels?
3. This is the big one. How do you incorporate narrations if you are doing a writing “program”? This is the same problem I have with IEW. I cannot have my ds do writing twice a day at this point. If he does his “writing” he will not be able to also do a written narration.
I can be a little help here, but not a ton. We don’t use BW’s extra things like the Arrow or Boomerang (which is where you will get copywork, grammar, etc). So I can’t help there.
One way to use the same program (Faltering Ownership) with different kids is have them doing different projects each month, so they don’t realize it is the ‘same’ book.
BraveWriter has you focus on one writing project over the entire month, so you aren’t doing it every day, just a couple days a week all month. That means you could pick one day per week where you aren’t working on your Bravewriter project for a written narration if you wanted. In high school, I try to have them writing every day – be it on a writing project or a written narration for a subject. Maybe rotate through – Monday is written narration for history, Tuesday is written narration for science, Wednesday -Fri are working on the Bravewriter project.
It is also completely reasonable to have them work toward doing both on some days: Bravewriter work on M/W/F and a written narration in different subjects on M/T/W/Th/F. Maybe for your son, this will be a goal to reach in 10th grade, after being super consistent at doing writing in some form every single day for 9th grade like the paragraph above this one.
The key to doing writing more than once a day is this: Alternate the order of subjects (a la CM) so they aren’t doing both writing tasks in a row. Something writing, something active, something reading, something music or art or active, then the other writing, for example.
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