Dart

Jumpstart your writing program with delight! The Dart invites kids to enjoy literature while learning to write. 

Our year-long program is delivered in 10 month-long lesson plans, released one month at a time.

2022-2023 book list: 

  • August: The Beatryce Prophecy by Kate DiCamillo 
  • September: Willodeen by Katherine Applegate
  • October: Dragons in a Bag by Zetta Elliot
  • November: Solimar: The Sword of the Monarchs by Pam Muñoz Ryan 
  • December: The Very, Very Far North by Dan Bar-el 
  • January: Wondrous Rex by Patricia MacLachlan
  • February: Maya and the Robot by Eve L. Ewing
  • March: Egg Marks the Spot by Amy Timberlake 
  • April: Maybe Maybe Marisol Rainey by Erin Entrada Kelly
  • May: Wilderlore: The Accidental Apprentice by Amanda Foody

Find links to purchase the books under the "2022-2023 Programs" tab on the Literature Singles spreadsheet.

Each handbook features a novel and immerses your child in the world of:

  • stories
  • literary devices
  • grammar
  • punctuation
  • and book club parties

Discover how easy it is to teach writing using literature!

Our program uses copywork and dictation as the key tools to teach punctuation, spelling, and grammar naturally in context. Don't worry—we'll show you how.

Did you know that copywork and dictation are far more effective to teach writing skills than workbooks? It's true!

Each handbook contains:

  • Notes to go with a selected read aloud (book not provided)

  • Four passages taken from the novel for copywork and dictation, one per week

  • Easy-to-follow instructions to teach writing elements found in the passages

  • Playful grammar and punctuation activities that kids love

  • A simple, delightful writing exercise

  • Nine comprehension questions

  • Book club party ideas

  • Copywork passages on separate printable pages

  • Four-color design that looks gorgeous on tablets or printed at home

The Dart program comes with guidelines to help you implement the practices of copywork and dictation, as well as a planning tool and a writing skills tracker to help you stay attuned to your child's progress.

Join the thousands of families that have made Dart the #1 Brave Writer program for the last two years!

The Dart is delivered to your Brave Writer online account once per month on the 15th (starting in July). Each handbook is four-color, about 40-50 pages, is a non-consumable PDF, and can be used with multiple children in your own family (no need to purchase additional copies).

Want a print copy? Go to the front of the line at the Homeschool Printing Company with a special Brave Writer offer. Order here. (They will begin printing and shipping July 15th.) 

All purchases of digital products are FINAL. No refunds.


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