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Remember Self-Care – with Amy Milcic

Brave Writer Podcast with Amy Milcic

Join us for Episode 7 of our Brave Writer’s Life in Brief podcast!

Amy Milcic is a former mental health therapist and a homeschooling parent of five active, busy boys. She has a great blog, Rock Your Homeschool, that will add sparkle to your family’s learning fun.

I first ran into Amy on Periscope, where she starts her day by pumping up other homeschool moms (I think coffee is one of her secrets!). Today, she is going to help pump you up in your homeschool efforts, too.

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Implementing Brave Writer in Your Homeschool

Implementing Brave Writer in Your Homeschool

The goal of The Writer’s Jungle:

  • Read a chapter.
  • Do what’s in it.

Allow yourself to actually take the time to do the processes. Don’t hurry ahead. Trust that the process IS teaching. You want your kids to slowly build the ability to tune in to themselves and hook up the hand with the brain.

Each chapter in The Writer’s Jungle gives you something to do. Don’t run ahead. Focus on one chapter at a time. Skip the Preface (it is meant to be additional material that we added in 2005). Save it for later. Start with the core chapters (and Chapter 14 provides a nice overview).

For the Arrow—the process goes like this:

  • Read the book aloud.
  • Go at any pace that works for you.

Then each week, look at the passage for the week. Read it together. You can read it from The Arrow or in the book itself. You can read the notes I give you ahead of time and discuss them with your child in your own voice, or you can read them aloud. Whatever feels right to you. You don’t HAVE to cover every item in the notes. They are meant to slowly train YOU to see literary devices, grammar and spelling opportunities, punctuation and more.

You can zero in on one or two or all of them depending on your child. Discuss a little. Look at the passage and say (for instance): “Who sees periods?” They will point them out. Then ask, “Any other end marks?” They point to an exclamation point and a question mark. Ask: “How do they change how you read the sentences?” Then have them try reading the sentences in a row each one with a slightly different emphasis. Then use the notes to help you explain. Like that.

Next, your child will handwrite (copy) the passage—it might take all week, it might take a day. You can choose to then use the same passage for dictation or one of the other two methods on a day of your choosing. Read the Guidelines to get some insight into how to do that.

The WHOLE goal in the Arrow is to give you tools to help you bring the passage to life and to see it for its mechanics and literary value—while using copywork and dictation practices.

The Literary Element each month can be read and discussed and then experienced with the Writing Activity of the month (which should take about half a day). You aren’t going for some kind of mastery as much as conversational exposure and repetition until your kids SEE them themselves in writing and then eventually TRY them in their own writing.

Try not to overthink this. It is meant to be easy for you!

Think of it more like this: we are giving you notes (things to consider as you read). You don’t even have to master them yourself. Just consider. For instance, in The Green Ember we talk about affixes. You certainly don’t even need to use the name “affix” unless you want to. But what it you simply go back to the Week One passage and find any word that seems to have a little extra bit on it? The “un,” the “ly,” the “in” are all given to you to find. Look at the words. Think about them. Discuss how words are “built” like Lego. Like that.

Our goal is to give you things to look at, to talk about, to consider. Try to move away from “mastery” and “getting things done.” Allow the notes to give you pause and create moments of inquiry. Yes, you may not actually know these terms or categories! It’s like when I realized I didn’t understand multiplication or couldn’t remember how to divide fractions.

Take the time to think about the concepts so that YOU have a moment of transformation. If it feels like too much, just do that for one passage in a month. Let THAT be enough depth and simply copy the other passages. Like that.

Grow over time, allow the tools to be your guide, not your task-master.

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Partnership & Adventure in Home Education – with Mary Wilson

Brave Writer Podcast with Mary Wilson
Join us for Episode 6 of our Brave Writer’s Life in Brief podcast!

Today we have Mary Wilson with us. Mary is a popular Brave Writer blogger and the only person I know who may love tea more than I do. In her blog, Not Before 7, she writes about homeschooling, parenting, and adventure.

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Overcoming Challenges & Charlotte Mason – with Nadine Dyer

Brave Writer Podcast: Nadine Dyer

Braveschoolers, it’s true. Nadine Dyer, friend of Brave Writer, has broken up with our dear Charlotte. The horror! I urge you to tune in to Episode 5 of the podcast to find out why.

Nadine shares great stories of how she and her son overcame his resistance to math, how she’s applied the insights of poetry teatime to other areas of her homeschool, and more. Be sure to listen!

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What is Learning Well? – with Alicia Hutchinson

Brave Writer Podcast: Alicia Hutchinson

Isn’t this fun? I am loving our new season of the podcast. In Week 3, we went over 17,000 downloads. Whaaaat?! Thank you. So glad the podcast is meeting a need.

The wonderful Alicia Hutchinson is up next. She’s a powerhouse of support and help to homeschoolers. Her community called “Learning Well” offers parents practical imaginative ideas to create a great homeschool experience without fussiness or the scourge of perfectionism.

Such a perfect fit for the Brave Writer Lifestyle.

The funny thing about Alicia is that she never really saw herself as a mom – much less a homeschooling mom. Now she can’t imagine life without homeschool. She blends her natural artistic flair with curiosity and creativity to engage her children. Her Instagram feed is also gorgeous! Be sure to follow her (@learningwell).

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