Friday Freewrite: To Help or Not

Friday Freewrite

You’re standing in line at a local ice cream parlor. The person in front of you, who you don’t know, goes to pay for a strawberry sundae but is fifty cents short. You have the extra money in your pocket. Do you offer to help and make up the difference? Why or why not?

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YouTube Videos: The Bogart Kids

YouTube videos: The Bogart KidsFrom left to right: Caitrin, Liam, Jacob, Johannah, Noah

It’s YouTube Thursday! The scopes released today feature the Bogart kids! Homeschool projects they did over the years are shared and then Noah, Liam, and Johannah are featured in broadcasts. There are also cameo appearances by Jacob and Caitrin. Enjoy!

Show & Tell: 17 Years of Great Successes and Epic Fails

Table Top Games with Noah

Here’s a list of all the suggested games!

You are the Blueprint PLUS Liam Talks about Video Gaming

Johannah and Noah: A Conversation about Homeschool

This periscope is in podcast form and can be listened to here.

And though Jacob and Caitrin have yet to be featured on Periscope, you can catch a glimpse of them at the end of the video where Cindy and the Brave Writer community shared a big surprise!

What on earth?! I’m being ambushed by Cindy!

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American Girl Party School and Poetry Teatime Rolled Into One!

Party SchoolParty School (ending study of American Girl Samantha and the early 1900s)

Brave Writer mom, Christine, writes:

To finish our study of Samantha, we hosted a Victorian tea party and luncheon. We had yummy sandwiches, fruit salad, lemonade, and tea. The girls went on a hunt for beautiful leaves and we made leaf rubbings as our craft.

We talked about the era and even read poetry together! It was a wonderful end to the study of this time period.

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Party School!


Nature Journaling

Best of the Brave Writer Blog: Nature Journaling

The world is mud-luscious and puddle-wonderful. ~e.e. cummings

Nature Journaling is an important part of the Brave Writer Lifestyle. Turn the exploration of the great, messy outdoors into a joyful writing opportunity!

The Basics

  • Walk together.
  • Collect little rocks, leaves, twigs, mosses, acorns, flowers, and feathers.
  • Bring them home.
  • Set a few of them on a large sheet of white paper in the center of the table.
  • Using drawing pencils and paper, sketch one or more of the items.
  • Then record a few details about the object or the day. One good sentence about the color, or texture or the memory of collecting it or what it looks like, or what it reminds the writer of, is perfect.

Branch Out!

Here are three blog posts full of tips that will enhance your nature journaling experience.

If You are New to Nature Journaling

Nature Journaling Wherever You Are

Writing Exercise: Make Your Nature Walk a Color Walk!

Also, Brave Writer offers an online class each spring and fall that is designed to make nature journaling a natural part of your life. Click on the image below to learn more.

Brave Writer Online Writing Class Nature Journaling


Friday Freewrite: Self Driving Cars

Friday Freewrite

What are your thoughts about self driving cars? Share three pros and three cons to letting a vehicle drive for you.

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