After a friend referred me to Julie Bogart’s podcast one day and raved about the Brave Writer lifestyle I was intrigued.
It was such a different approach and I was struggling with our current language arts program. It felt tedious to be checking off lists and going through the scope and sequence.
I love literature based learning.
I live and breathe reading aloud and enjoying books with my kids. After learning more about Brave Writer lifestyle, I decided to try the Quiver of Arrows for our grade 3 and the Jot it Down for early writing projects.
The Quiver of Arrows which is recommended for grades 1-2.
As our grade 3 daughter has struggled with writing and sitting still for extended periods, I wanted her to be comfortable with this new program and lifestyle. The quiver of arrows has been a perfect fit for her, and since we’re using an Arrow unit which is meant for grade 3-6th grade.
So far we’ve done Mr.Poppers Penguins (Quiver), Charlotte’s Web (Quiver) the Trumpet of the Swan (Quiver) and Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (the old Arrow).
You can also buy single issues of the Quiver or the Arrow, but I had purchased the year as I liked the book list. If you struggle with choosing literature books to read, Brave Writer offers a great list for varied age groups.
What I like about the Quiver of Arrows
- Super easy to use, just print it off and each day will tell you what to do.
- There’s no specific forced schedule. It’s open and go, but there’s no ‘falling behind’ on anything like many LA programs.
- It’s not overwhelming for the kids.
- Grammar and writing mechanics is taught in a way that the kids can related to. By reading literature and breaking down certain parts, they can understand the application of what they’re learning about.
- It’s a secular and literature based language arts program which is more challenging to find.
- Quiver is great for younger grades, then you can move onto the Arrow and keep going to high school where she offers online writing classes.
- The brave writer approach is about creating a lifestyle. One of my goals is for our kids to create a life long love of learning. SO many aspects of the Writers Jungle and the Brave Writer Lifestyle has resonated with me.
I really enjoy the Quiver of Arrows and it’s been a great fit for our homeschooling.
Have you tried it?
–> You can learn more about the Brave Writer lifestyle with the Writers Jungle and her blog and podcast. Be sure to check out Julie’s new book out which I’m really enjoying so far called ‘the Brave Learner’.