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Help Kids SEE Differently

Help Kids See Differently

In chapter 4 of The Brave Learner, I write about the 4 Forces of Enchantment and how they catalyze learning. The second force is “mystery.”

Mystery provokes:

  • depth,
  • awe,
  • closer scrutiny,
  • a shift in perspective.

It’s the force of “unknowing”—the heart of any deep dive in learning.

One of the ways I suggest promoting mystery is to help kids SEE differently using all kinds of tools:

  • microscope,
  • binoculars,
  • magnifying glasses.

When I visited the Getty Center a while ago, I noticed these BIG magnifying glasses hanging on the wall. They were provided to examine Da vinci sketches. Adults flocked to them. You had to wait for one to come free and then they were immediately snapped up again.

Holding the glass, looking carefully through it meant every person spent more time examining the artwork in that room than any other room I had been in. I noticed as I looked that the drawing had been composed of deft hashmarks, layered—sometimes close together, sometimes far apart. Made me wish I had a magnifying glass for every painting, too!

A shift in how you SEE leads to an awareness that my habits of seeing are limited. There is always more to see/know when we shift perception, when we find aids to help us move away from the familiar to discover more.

This post is originally from Instagram and @juliebravewriter is my account there so come follow along for more conversations like this one!


The Brave Learner

Brave Writer Lifestyle: Celebrate

Brave Writer Lifestyle Celebrate

This month’s Brave Writer Lifestyle focus is: Celebrate!

Congratulations! You’ve lived a year of the Brave Writer Lifestyle! Well done: trying activities, applying slogans or suggestions. So important to pause, and take stock. This is your month to relax from effort, to appreciate your willingness to dive into a lifestyle and make it part of your own routine.

For December, I thought I’d “flip the script” on you.

This month, you should be curled up in a furry blanket knitting next to the fire. Therefore, I do not have a set of hand-lettered tips for you to implement in December.

Instead, I charge you to create your own hand-lettered celebration page!

Hang it in your office or on your kitchen bulletin board to remind you that you at least attempted to implement some of the ideas I shared this year.

Easy Hack: Make a bullet list that highlights your favorite activities—those suggestions that went well with your family.

Then, will you share it with me? You can send it to julie@bravewriter.com or tag me on Instagram: @juliebravewriter

I would love to see how you honor your efforts this year.

#freakingtruth

I’ll be honest: learning how to hand-letter was a lot more challenging than I expected and I did it a lot less well than I thought I would! Isn’t that how it goes when you learn a new skill? Except I never think that will be true of me. I expect to be good at the thing instantly. Then I want to give up when I’m not. Because I had a year-long commitment to draw hand-lettered tips and I made that commitment to YOU, I kept at it—persevered past my own lack of skill, and found that I did grow anyway. #wow

So: here’s a gentle push to recognize your own growth this year! Then share with me what you create.

Happy Holidays!


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2018 Themes

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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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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.

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November 2018: Blog Roundup

Brave Writer November 2018 Roundup

Welcome to the latest blog roundup! See how other homeschooling families practice the Brave Writer Lifestyle, including Shakespeare which is the theme for November!

Why We’re Going Back to Brave Writer – Erika (Miles of Highway)

“Last year we began the year with a focus on literature, copywork and dictation for the basis of our language arts. [But] at some point in our year I became insecure and wondered if we were truly doing enough. [My son] began to moan about language arts like he never had before when our focus was on literature, copywork, and dictation. […] Here are my top reasons for going back to Brave Writer this year with full confidence that this is what is right for us…” Read more

Five Basic Tools You Need to Start Freewriting And Encourage a Reluctant Writer – Dachelle (Hide the Chocolate)

“I had to come up with something new to get their creative juices flowing and to keep the meltdowns at a minimum. It was about that time that I was introduced to Brave Writer. This relaxed homeschooling lifestyle appealed to the beleaguered homeschool mom in me, and the writing philosophy was so different that I thought that it just might work.” Read more

Shakespeare in Spring: The Ultimate Guide to Teaching Shakespeare in Elementary and Middle School – Dachelle (Hide the Chocolate)

“[A] fabulous resource is Brave Writer’s Shakespeare Family Workshop. Because it’s a family workshop, all of your children (and even mom and dad) can participate in the class. The teacher was very knowledgeable and the class was easy to follow. It is teacher-led with hands-on activities in a five-week workshop (perfect for Shakespeare in Spring!). My kids especially loved building a replica of The Globe theater.” Read more

Reading Shakespeare’s Plays with My Kids – Mary (Not Before 7)

“The words and the language of Shakespeare’s plays can be intimidating for kids, and let’s face it, most adults as well. Do not let that stop you from tackling this subject with your younger students. They can learn to appreciate, enjoy, and perhaps even fall in love with the world of Shakespeare.” Read more

Shakespeare for Kids: Introducing the Bard to My Babies – Mary (Not Before 7)

“To support our efforts and my plan at home, we signed up for a Brave Writer Shakespeare class. This class is offered to the whole family for one price. We all participate in the assignments under one registration. So far the class has been a lot of fun and very informative. The material supports and encourages my efforts at home.” Read more


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Brave Writer Lifestyle: Shakespeare

Brave Writer Lifestyle Shakespeare

This month’s Brave Writer Lifestyle focus is: Shakespeare!

The bard is responsible for more than 2000 words in the English Language—like “eyeball” and “bedazzled” (and you thought that was created for rhinestones and sequins!).

This month, gently introduce your kids to the wonderful world of dear old Will by checking out our tips online!

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My hand-lettered tips this month introduce your family to 26 words Shakespeare brought to the English language! You might enjoy a similar copywork practice with additional words you find online.


2018 Themes

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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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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

Brave Writer Lifestyle: Freewriting

Brave Writer Lifestyle: Freewriting

This month’s Brave Writer Lifestyle focus is: Freewriting.

The center of a writing life is the ability to freely transcribe your thoughts into written language. One practice Brave Writer teaches is called Freewriting. You can read about how to conduct a freewrite at the link above.

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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!


Have questions about freewriting?

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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