This class is a family class. Click on the "Family Class" tab above to learn more.

Note: This class is recommended for ages 7-10. Families with younger children are invited to check out Elementary Writing: Story Switcheroo. You'll also find wonderful teaching ideas here: The Best Curriculum for a Six Year Old.

Do you have kids who devour nonfiction books like Who Was Blackbeard?, If You Lived in Colonial Times, or the Weird but True books?

Maybe you need a break from your traditional scheduled curriculum. Wouldn’t it be great to spend a few weeks on the sofa with lots and lots of book basket time?

Perhaps you wonder how to take all that delicious learning happening during read-aloud time and document it for your records.

The Elementary Writing: Fascinating Facts course takes the learning you’re already doing and helps you extend and enrich it.

With the support of a writing coach, you and your children will read and enjoy books of your choice together. Topics can be anything that interests: science, art, cooking, history—the sky’s the limit! You’ll check in with the class each week to get ideas about how to talk and write about the topic in a way that matches your kids’ natural stages of growth in writing.

You know what that means! English language arts—check! History—check! Science—check! This class offers writing across the curriculum.

Elementary Writing: Fascinating Facts enrolls you with your child(ren) in this class. Since the writing activities are flexible and you get to choose your own books, this class is a perfect fit for a variety of ages, particularly for those kids in the Partnership Writing natural stage of growth.

Together you will read books and talk about them. You'll read the class activities and support your kids in doing them; then you will report back to the instructor by posting your children's writing. We find that many kids have a much more successful experience with writing when a parent is involved in the whole process.

You’ll want to be stocked with your own selection of nonfiction books to read. Here are some favorite series if you’re looking for a place to start:

Eyewitness Guides

If You Lived…

Who Was…

What If You Had…

Weird but True…

Who Would Win…

You Wouldn’t Want to…

For more information about how the classes are run, please read about online classes.

To explore our Brave Writer classroom, click here to access a sample class.

Class Structure Description #

Brave Writer online classes are specially designed with the busy homeschooling parent in mind. Classes last anywhere from four to six weeks. We offer courses that address a specific writing need so that you can take the ones that suit your family throughout the school year. Short class sessions enable you to work around family vacations, out-of-town swim meets, recovering from wisdom teeth removal, and visits from grandparents. We operate on the quarter system, including a summer session. Our most popular classes repeat each quarter, while others are seasonal.

Our classes meet in a customized online classroom, designed specifically to meet the needs of Brave Writer. Only registered students and the instructor have access to the classroom to ensure your privacy. Assignments and reading materials are posted by Brave Writer instructors each week (no additional supply fees necessary, unless otherwise indicated). Either you (homeschooling parent) or your child (homeschooling student) will visit the classroom daily at your convenience to read helpful information about the current topic or to find the writing assignment. We operate "asynchronously" (which means that the discussion is not live, but that posted information remains available to you in your time zone at your convenience). Instructors check the classroom throughout the day to answer questions and give feedback on writing.

Writing is done at home and then typed into the classroom, and shared with both the instructor and other classmates. You're not required to be online at any specific time of the day. We have students from all over the world participating in our classes so "live" discussion is impossible. Instead, the online classroom enables the instructor to post information and assignments when it is convenient to the instructor. Then, when it is convenient for you, you come to the classroom and read the latest postings.

Instructor feedback to student writing is offered for all participants to read. Writing questions are welcomed and encouraged! That's the point of class. We aim to give you immediate support as you face writing obstacles.

Brave Writer takes seriously the need for encouragement and emotional safety in writing. No student is ever at risk of being humiliated or mistreated. All online dialog is respectful and supportive of your child's process. This is the core of Brave Writer philosophy. You can read about Brave Writer values here.

What makes our program especially unique in the world of online education is that we value a corporate experience. Rather than teaching your child in a tutorial format, we prefer students to have the opportunity to both publish their work for an audience (other students) and also to have the chance to read other student writing. In no other setting is this possible. Schools-in-buildings rarely have students read each other's work. Homeschooled children are rarely in a classroom environment to begin with, so the opportunity to read peer-writing is nil.

Our classes provide an utterly unique experience in the world of writing instruction. Since most writers grow through emulation of good writing, it is a real advantage to Brave Writer kids to get the chance to read the writing of their fellow home-educated peers. They love it! They get to examine and internalize other ways of writing, analyzing and expressing ideas similar to their own. They have the chance to validate and cheer on their peers. And of course, the best part of all is that they receive the praise and affirmation of kids just like them.

Not only that, all instructor feedback is posted to the classroom for all students to read. That means your kids get the benefit of instructor comments on many papers, not just their own. We've noted that this style of instruction is especially effective and hope you'll agree!

To explore our Brave Writer classroom, click here to access a sample class.

The Nonfiction Books Class is what we call a "Family Class" in Brave Writer. Your children are enrolled in the class and will be the ones doing the activities, but the parent is the "student" in the classroom. The instructor will teach not just your children about writing, but also you, the parent! Our goal is to provide a model for you to follow showing how to partner with young writers in the writing process. Learn more about how to support a child in the early stages of growth in writing here.

Together you will read the material and support your kids in doing the activities; then you will report back to the instructor by posting your children's work. We find that kids have a much more successful experience with writing when a parent is involved in the whole process.

That said, your kids are free to convey their thoughts and reactions to the instructor, too. She will want to get to know them! The structure of this class is that the parent is the enrolled student, and the kids are the active participants. Our hope is that both you and your children will have a transformed relationship with writing by the end of the four weeks together!