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Blog Roundup: May 2017

Brave Writer Blog Roundup May 2017

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

The Value of Listening to Other Homeschooling Moms for Inspiration by Scissors and Glue

Today I wanted to talk about the value of listening to others who Homeschool, to gain inspiration and learning from one another. I have so many of you who I have met over this last year of homeschooling […] and it has really been a great way for me to feel ‘not alone in the cause’ of this huge undertaking of raising kids and learning at home […]. […] But, I wanted to share with you all, a wonderful inspiration I have just recently found on youtube. […] Her name is Brave Writer, Julie Bogart, from the USA and she has some really great, real and touching stories and tips for homeschooling.

Why Brave Writer is Such a Big Deal by Not the Former Things

I read something about Brave Writer almost every day. Blog posts, Instagram, Email marketing, and Facebook have been screaming at me about this program for over a year now. […] Brave Writer is everywhere in the small world of educating my two boys. And yet I have resisted learning about it. […] Here’s the thing. I was wrong.

Creating a Rich Writing Experience in Our Homeschool by Intentional Homeschooling

I’m honestly not sure if one can be involved in the homeschool community in any way online without quickly hearing about Brave Writer. If you read around homeschool blogs for more than five minutes you are going to hear about someone raving about Julie and Brave Writer. And for good reason.

Shakespeare in the Spring: The Ultimate Guide to Teaching Shakespeare by Hide the Chocolate

Are you a Fen-sucked Dull-Eyed Canker-blossom? Do you know how many sonnets the Bard wrote, or which phrases we use that he coined? Have you any idea what an oxlip looks like? If you’re curious about answering any of these questions, then this Ultimate Guide to Teaching Shakespeare might be for you!

Spring Time Poetry Teatime: Featuring Poems for Two Voices by Hide the Chocolate

For the last year, a small group of homeschoolers has been meeting at our local library for Poetry Teatime. Each month we have a theme, tea, snacks, a poetry activity, and most importantly, sharing of poems. This month our theme was Spring Time. The children were encouraged to bring poems that celebrated Spring. These could be original works or by celebrated authors or even by not so celebrated authors…whatever took their fancy.

The Prairie Thief Book Club: A Party School with a Treasure Hunt by Hide the Chocolate

A gnome-like Brownie, a chocolate brownie, a hunt for stolen treasures and spider-laden soup were all part of this month’s party school, The Prairie Thief Book Club.

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 Jeannette, our Social Media admin (blog@bravewriter.com). Thanks!

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Blog Roundup: April 2017

Brave Writer April 2017 Blog Roundup

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

How my dyslexic son became a writer – Shawna, Not the Former Things

I had been so focused on the mechanical aspects of writing that I had inadvertently limited my son. My eleven-year-old son, who can barely read at a second-grade level and struggles to put a single word on paper, is more of a writer than I ever was at his age. He is dyslexic, yes. He is dysgraphic, yes. And he is also a writer.

Protecting writing for our kids – Kara Anderson

When my daughter first approached me about starting a blog, I understood where her request was coming from. Both of her parents are write-for-the-fun-of-it people. […] Blogging has been a part of her world for as long as she can remember. I had a few reservations, though – mostly the same ones I had when I started my own blog – privacy, mainly, and the fact that the Internet can be a mean place.

Green Ember Book Club – Mary, Not Before 7

The Green Ember trilogy by S. D. Smith was selected as an Arrow Book title through Brave Writer this year.  Our family began the series with the first book, The Green Ember, and we listened together on audible. I’ll admit that it was a slow start for me but once the action and adventure kicked in, we were engaged until the exciting, cliff-hanger ending.

Brave Writer Arrow Guides Review – Mary, Not Before 7

Language arts felt so jumpy and disconnected in our homeschool.   And I felt so tired.  I didn’t want to swing like Tarzan from topic to topic anymore, but I wasn’t sure what else to do. So I did what any homeschool mom does.  I googled.  And I googled.  And I googled.  I knew I could find a program that would help me teach Language Arts as a cohesive set of skills for communication.  I knew I could find a guide to take us into the world language and communication. And I was ready to drop my Tarzan rope.

How we use Brave Writer’s Partnership Writing program – Alicia Hutchinson

We have been using (and loving) Brave Writer’s Partnership Writing this year with my 3rd and 5th grader. But. Can I tell you a secret? Something that would make every good homeschool mom aghast? Are you ready? Here goes: Until last year, I never ever did a writing program with my kids at home.

Our family’s Brave Writer Lifestyle routine – Alicia Hutchinson

When I discovered Brave Writer curriculum a little over a year ago, I was unaware at all that “Brave Writer” entailed. […]  There is so much information in The Writer’s Jungle and on the BW site, that frankly, trying to wrap my brain around it all was overwhelming at first. But when I did….oh, then.

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 Jeannette, our Social Media admin (blog@bravewriter.com). Thanks!

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Blog Roundup: November 2016 Edition

November Blog Roundup 2016

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

When Less Is More – Cait, My Little Poppies

I have a confession to make…I’m addicted to the morning Brave Writer Facebook Lives. My kids actually think that Julie Bogart is skyping with me… and that’s okay. (They also think that Kenny Chesney comes to Boston every August for my birthday…. Don’t I wish!) Anyway, this week one of Julie’s FB live readings hit home more than usual. It was titled “Less is More” and that is something I truly believe…read more.

A Brave Writer Review – Erin, Nourishing My Scholar

What do you do when your child hates writing? How do you instill a love of writing when it is something that brings nothing but tears and heartache to your child? I must admit I was at a loss when it came to writing in our homeschool. Writing had become an almost painful requirement for both myself and our son. Basic writing prompts only prompted one or two word responses! That is, until a year ago when I discovered Julie Bogart and Brave Writer…read more.

Top Ten Brave Writer Arrow Guides – Mary, Not Before 7

I confess. I am a paper girl trapped in a world of PDF’s.  Despite these handy electronic files,  I continue to print out most everything. And this includes my homeschool curriculum guides. Open my file cabinet in the basement and preview the stacks and stacks of Brave Writer Arrow guides from three full years of subscriptions.  Thirty printed guides are sitting in my files in addition to their PDF counterparts sitting on my computer.  I am not really sure why I feel the need to save the printed copy, but I do…read more.

Love the Year You’re With – Mary, Not Before 7

Out of control. Disorganized. Fly by the seat of my pants.  Does the start of the school year always feel this way? I don’t think it does. I am pretty sure that our past school years have followed the plan a bit more closely.  But I can’t be sure. What I am sure of is that the kick-off for this 2016 school year was far from a touchdown. It feels more like life intercepted the ball and ran the other way with it and I am watching the ball leave my side of the field without a plan to get it back…read more.

Better Learning Through Board Gaming – Homeschooling Without Training Wheels

Of course, I may be biased, but in my opinion, there is no better “stealth education” than board gaming.  I’ve already shared my thoughts on “educational games” and why they may not be the best use of your time.  What I’m sharing today are all the things that your kids are naturally learning by playing excellent, well-balanced board games, designed, not to be “educational,” but to be enjoyable…read more.

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 Jeannette, our Social Media admin (blog@bravewriter.com). Thanks!

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Blog Roundup: October 2016 Edition

Blog Round Up October 2016

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

Using the Brave Writer Arrow Guides – by Mary, Not Before 7

They are 3rd-6th grade book specific literature guides designed for parents to guide their students through four weeks of language arts activities. The Arrow Guide includes weekly copywork/dictations passages alongside notes about the passage incorporating grammar, spelling, punctuation and literary style. A specific literary element is focused on in each guides as well…read more.

When Imagination Drives the Homeschool Bus – Kristina, Blossom & Root

I recently read a post on Facebook, written by the infallibly-soothing Julie Bogart of Brave Writer, about how to reprogram type-A checklist tendencies by writing a new kind of checklist. This new checklist includes such things as “cuddled someone on the couch,” “affirmed a child for his or her self-expression,” and (my personal favorite) “ditched the plan, followed a great idea (bonus: without guilt!)” At the brand-new, sparkly beginning of the school year, this was exactly what I needed to read…read more.

Writing With Training Wheels – Angela, Nurtured Roots

Writing is like learning to ride a bike.  At first, the “rider” needs our full support to steady things.  After a while, all the rider needs is some gentle support as we keep our hand on the back of the seat, prepared and ready to help.  Once she gains more confidence and skill, we’re able to run alongside being the encourager, but still being there to bandage the skinned knee if she falls…read more.

The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Poetry Teatime – Kara Stephenson Anderson

I’m a devoted homeschooling mama, who has spent the past couple of years learning that killing myself in an effort to “make memories,” isn’t actually in the best interests of my family. But I still really, really want to do cool stuff…read more.

Innovative Homeschooling: Let’s Talk Literature – Mary, Not Before 7

As we sift through our literature options, I’d like to offer a few thoughts to encourage homeschooling parents to embrace the role of an innovator when it comes to literature…read more.

The Brave Writer Lifestyle: One Family’s Approach – Caitlin, The Homeschool Sisters

You’ve probably heard the story by now, but I didn’t set out to homeschool. My husband and I are both products of the public education system. Before having children, I worked as a school psychologist in and around Boston and I loved it. I had every intention of returning to urban education once my children were in school…read more.

A Peek at The Writer’s Jungle – Cassandra, Unplug Your Family

When I got the okay to review The Writer’s Jungle, I was uncertain what Brave Writer was even all about.  I had only vaguely heard of it and, quite honestly, I was skeptical…read more.

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 Jeannette, our Social Media admin (blog@bravewriter.com). Thanks!

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Blog Roundup: August 2016 Edition

Brave Writer Blog Roundup August 2016

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

The Day I Abandoned My Workbooks… For Good by Rebecca, Hip Homeschooling

I was going crazy! I was losing my patience on a regular basis, fighting with my kids to do their school, and feeling at a complete loss. I was homeschooled growing up! I had a passion for this… why then did I feel like I was failing? Then one day, 4 years into my homeschool journey I discovered Brave Writer, and the lightbulb turned on…read more.

Jot It Down: A Supportive Interest-Driven Curriculum for Young Writers by Rebecca, Home | School | Life

Julie Bogart’s popular Brave Writer resources are favorites among homeschooling families. One enthusiastic mom told me, “Brave Writer is more than a curriculum; it’s also a guide to maximizing all of the joys and rewards that come with the homeschooling lifestyle”…read more.

The Unique Power of a Homeschool Parent: Innovation by Mary, Not Before 7

I am an educational innovator. I am on the cutting edge of bringing education into the 21st century. I am in the practice of creating new methods, ideas, and maybe even products.

And I am not the only one…read more.

A Review of Brave Writer’s Faltering Ownership by Alexandra, Life on Island

Faltering Ownership is a year-long language arts plan with 12 writing projects from Brave Writer. It is aimed for ages 11 to 12, but like all the Brave Writer programs, it varies depending on the skills and abilities of each child…read more.

Building Writers with Faltering Ownership by Eva, The Curriculum Choice

A couple years ago, I was struggling to find a language arts curriculum that was both engaging and complimentary to our homeschool philosophy. In my quest, I sampled a wide variety of curricula. When I discovered Brave Writer, I knew I had found what I had been looking for…read more.

Party School-Underground Railroad by Noelle, TripleSmiles

14 years ago…..yep 14, I was hired on a local public school with an amazing group of educators. We were one of a kind and we loved each other fearlessly. We worked hard together every day making sure every single child showed individual progress. We enjoyed planning fun and unique expiernces like non other that I had expierenced at any other school I had been a part of. During the Spring of that year our fearless team leader, Katie proposed an idea to take the kids on an interactive simulation through the Underground Railroad…read more.

If you haven’t already, enjoy the nine wonderful blog posts about the 2016 Brave Writer Retreat.

Check out Homeschooling without Training Wheels’ Poetry Teatime Starter Kit giveaway! She shares all kinds of teatime tips and resources in her post. Deadline is August 22nd.

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 Jeannette, our Social Media admin (blog@bravewriter.com). Thanks!