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June in the Brave Writer Lifestyle: Nature

June BWL Nature Study

This month’s Brave Writer Lifestyle focus is: Nature Study. June is a great time of year to get outside: whether it’s the start of summer in the northern hemisphere or the end of fall in the southern hemisphere.

  • Sign up for our monthly BWL email to receive hand-lettered tips for how to implement the lifestyle.
  • Plan a trip to a local museum or art fair and enjoy all the ways paintings and sculptures can enrich your family life!
  • Check out our free Art Appreciation Workshop.

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2018 Themes

January: Read Aloud
February: TV & Film
March: Big, Juicy Conversations
April: Poetry Teatime
May: Art Appreciation
June: Nature Journaling
July: One on One Time
August: Language Games
September: Copywork
October: Freewriting
November: Shakespeare
December: Celebrate!

Nature Study


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Blog Roundup: Art Appreciation

Art Appreciation Roundup

Welcome to the latest blog roundup! See how other homeschooling families practice the Brave Writer Lifestyle!

7 Easy Ways to Add Art Appreciation to Your Homeschool When You’re Not Crazy About Art – This Simple Balance

Homeschool Art Appreciation: Inspiring And Cultivating Creativity – Bethany Ishee

How to Add Art Appreciation to Your Homeschool – My Little Poppies

Discover 5 Simple Ways to Add Art Appreciation to Your Homeschool – Hide the Chocolate

We hope to share more roundups in the future! If you write about an aspect of the Brave Writer Lifestyle, let us know! Email your post’s url to blog@bravewriter.com

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Artist Highlight: Vincent van Gogh

Artist Highlight Vincent van Gogh

This May is all about Art Appreciation in the Brave Writer Lifestyle, which makes this the right time to break out some Vincent van Gogh art!


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Vincent van Gogh is considered one of the greatest artists to have ever lived, but in his own lifetime he was considered something of a failure. While alive, he had difficulty finding buyers for his paintings and was financially supported instead by his brother Theo. This might feel somewhat hard to believe nowadays when we’re used to seeing his works on display in museums next to plaques explaining their great significance to the art world, but Van Gogh’s fame only came about posthumously.

Van Gogh was born on March 30th, 1853, in Zundert, Netherlands. He spent much of his early career as a painter drawing and painting the downtrodden, particularly coal miners. Even later, when his paintings became brighter and more vibrant, he still liked painting people at work. We traveled across Europe, perhaps most famously to France. He struggled with his mental health throughout his life, painting many of his most famous works during his stay in an asylum, before eventually taking his own life in July of 1890.

Vincent van Gogh, the man behind the art, can be challenging to discuss with children due to the way his life ended. The rebooted British children’s show Doctor Who has an episode in its fifth season (aptly titled Vincent and the Doctor) which shows Van Gogh’s illness in a gentle and sympathetic light that may help with contextualizing these issues for kids (we do recommend that parents view the episode first, before deciding if it is right for their families). Its time travel concept also allows for the inclusion of a beautiful moment of wish fulfillment, since one of the great tragedies of Van Gogh’s life is that he never knew that his art would one day be considered essential viewing for the art lover.

But even if your kids aren’t ready for the details of his life, you can still bust out the art books this month and enjoy the riot of colors and the uniquely expressive beauty of Vincent van Gogh’s artwork.

Resources

Vincent’s Colors – “Van Gogh’s descriptions, arranged as a simple rhyme, introduce young readers to all the colors of the rainbow and beyond.”–Amazon

Vincent and the Doctor – Doctor Who episode in which the Doctor and Amy Pond travel back in time to meet Vincent van Gogh

Art Appreciation Through Projects and Stories – From notbefore7 (includes Van Gogh and other artists)


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Brave Writer Lifestyle: Art Appreciation

Art Appreciation

We’re enjoying Art Appreciation in May as part of the Brave Writer LifestyleI love art and excuses to visit museums. That’s what I’m encouraging you to do this month (perfect for May).

  • Sign up for our monthly BWL email to receive hand-lettered tips for how to implement the lifestyle.
  • Plan a trip to a local museum or art fair and enjoy all the ways paintings and sculptures can enrich your family life!
  • Check out our free Art Appreciation Workshop.

Monthly Brave Writer Lifestyle Email


2018 Themes

January: Read Aloud
February: TV & Film
March: Big, Juicy Conversations
April: Poetry Teatime
May: Art Appreciation
June: Nature Journaling
July: One on One Time
August: Language Games
September: Copywork
October: Freewriting
November: Shakespeare
December: Celebrate!


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Brave Writer Lifestyle: Poetry Teatime

April Poetry Teatime

We’re enjoying Poetry Teatime in April!

We’ll be discussing this month’s theme on Instagram and in the Homeschool Alliance, and I’ll likely share on Facebook Live too.

For regular encouragement as you implement the elements in your home this year, sign up for our monthly BWL email (sent on the 1st of every month in 2018). This month’s newsletter includes these FREE downloadable resources:

  • Hand-lettered Tips
  • Conversation Starters

This month, my hand-lettered tips focus on poetic devices. Look up each one and see if you can find them in any of the poems you read this month.

We’re also including our Poetry Teatime Quick Start Guide plus book ideas for every age. Enjoy!

I also want to make you aware that poet Amy Ludwig VanDerwater is joining us in the Homeschool Alliance to host a webinar workshop about poetry for you and your kids!

If you sign up now for our 7-Day Free Trial, you will automatically get to come to the webinar on April 5. You can discover whether the Alliance is a good fit for you, free of charge! Can’t wait to see you at the webinar and we hope you stick around!

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2018 Themes

January: Read Aloud
February: TV & Film
March: Big, Juicy Conversations
April: Poetry Teatime
May: Art Appreciation
June: Nature Journaling
July: One on One Time
August: Language Games
September: Copywork
October: Freewriting
November: Shakespeare
December: Celebrate!


Share, share, share!

We’d love it if you shared your Brave Writer Lifestyle adventures on Instagram, the BraveSchoolers Facebook Group, in the Homeschool Alliance, or wherever you hang out online.

#2018BWL