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For those who use this, how do you and your children like it? I have just begun to read the website & threads here including it.TristanParticipant
We love it!Wings2flyParticipant
I just got it at HS Buyers co op for half off, download only. We have not used it yet, but I am eager to start. I wanted to mention the co op special though.Mysterious Lady in PinkParticipant
I don’t have anything to add, but want to follow this. I bought several things, but haven’t really gotten going with it (all digital editions). I will say that we “poetry tea times” although that’s not an exclusively Bravewriter concept. But we do love those!
We love Bravewriter and are implementing bits and pieces as we go along. The Writer’s Jungle is A LOT of information and it takes some time to read and digest. I usually suggest subscribing to her emails to get a feel for the program. Those emails are gold! We’ve taken the tips and put them on index cards an then pull a card at random to try it as our writing challenge that day. I also have Partnership Writing & Jot It Down, both are very inexpensive ways to get a feel for the program. These also set things up for you, so it’s more like an actual curriculum as opposed to TWJ, which is more about the “way of life” of the program, if that makes sense. We’ve tried The Arrow, but it wasn’t love. I find it overpriced for very little content. I don’t feel that they are necessary, or one of the brighter aspects of the program, but that’s just me. 🙂
So in the middle/upper grades, is it possible to just apply the info/techniques from The Writer’s Jungle without using the other programs? Do you still do written narrations for the books for other subjects?
You can absolutely apply Bravewriter concepts across the board using just TWJ. TWJ is like the owner’s manual and everything else is just gravy. 🙂 Some people find it difficult at first to know the “hows” and “whens” and the Jot It Down, Partnership Writing, etc can help with that, but it’s definitely not necessary.
We do oral and written narrations for other subjects and also for our read-alouds. (Bravewriter calls narrations “Big Juicy Conversations”)
Will this work well for children with a natural desire to write as well as reluctant writers?
Yes! I think this is one of the biggest strengths of Bravewriter. It doesn’t force the child to break apart their writing into graphs and charts and organizers so it’s great for the natural writer and has an great fun-factor to engage the reluctant writer. I also found TWJ to be very informative and encouraging in the process of teaching writing.
Thank you so much! Wonder if I can think of more questions… 🙂 I want to get to the library this week so I can look at the samples.Super23Member
I’m going to have to get TWJ. It looks fantastic.HollySParticipant
Those of you looking at this, it’s at the Homeschool Buyers Co-op for 50% off. I purchased this a few months ago, but haven’t gotten around to fully implementing it.cherylramirezParticipant
Yes, get it for 50% off if you can! I bought it several years ago at full price and I was happy to have it. It changes the way you think about writing and seems more natural than a structured writing program. It worked wonderfully well for my dd16 and I am now looking forward to beginning this with my ds11.my3boysParticipant
Are you still using BW?
I didn’t think I needed, or wanted, any type of writing course/instruction for my kids but I may need it this coming year. I’m looking for elementary and high school.
I have been looking at Brave Writer to possibly use next year with my 5th grader and maybe my 3rd grader. Do I need to get Partnership Writing and The Writer’s Jungle? I was looking at using The Arrow but right now I don’t think I will.
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