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Blog Roundup: April 2019 Edition

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

How to Create Writing Topics That Excite Your Kids Using a Topic Funnel – Dachelle (Hide the Chocolate)

Choosing a writing topic is more than just picking something your child is interested in writing. It involves narrowing the topic to something that your child can handle. Read More

How to Actually Love to Teach Writing – Alicia (Learning Well)

Brave Writer’s writing programs are not based on grade level–not by a long shot. The programs are based on skill level. They meet your child right where they are, developmentally. Read More

How to Bring the Element of Surprise into Your Homeschool – The Brave Homeschooling Mama

Writing Lessons with The Three Little Pigs (Creative Writing for Multiple Ages) – Kay (Heart-to-Heart Homeschooling)

Yes, your students need writing instruction and assignments according to their grade levels, but that doesn’t mean you can’t at least do some activities together. The key: expect students to produce work at the appropriate level for their ages. Read More

What if Elizabeth Bennet Had a Blog? (A Creative Writing & Literature Study for Teens) – Kay (Heart-to-Heart Homeschooling)

Time is limited. So how can a homeschool mom cover all of these different components of language arts study—the essay, literary analysis, and creativity? The answer is simple: combine them. Read More

Brave Writer Partnership Writing Review – April The (Simple Rugged Path)

How to Homeschool in the Midst of Family Hurt – Dachelle (Hide the Chocolate)

Homeschooling thrives when we shift from power over our kids to power with them—building empathetic relationships where the parent and child are partners in learning. Read More

Shakespeare in Spring: The Ultimate Guide to Teaching Shakespeare in Elementary and Middle School – Dachelle (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! Read More

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Blog Roundup: March 2019 Edition

Brave Writer Blog Roundup

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

How to Give Your Kids a Delightful Enchanted Education – Alicia Hutchinson (Learning Well)

My definition [of an Enchanted Education] is this: giving your kids enough space in their day that is unstructured, free, unplanned so that they can find what they really love, do what they are interested in and let their minds grow organically. It’s all about adding mystery, curiosity, creativity, and imagination into their everyday. And that doesn’t necessarily mean you have to plan or do anything at all.

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Jane Yolen Poetry Teatime – Dachelle (Hide the Chocolate)

Dinosaurs, tea bag cookies, poetry organizers and lots of laughter filled our Jane Yolen Inspired Poetry Teatime this month.

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How We Freed Our Language Arts Program to Become Brave Writers – Kelly (Hope in the Chaos)

When we first began homeschooling my natural tendency was to teach the kids the way I was taught. Separating classes by subject, focusing on tests and grades, and surrounding the kids with textbooks was what I knew and what felt right… until of course, it didn’t. Until I realized that we were no freer in our homeschool then we were in the public school system. Worse, the results we were seeing were eerily similar. My kids could pass a test, but they couldn’t apply what they had learned. They could fill in a worksheet, but the information was meaningless. They weren’t learning so much as treading water in an effort to stay afloat.

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How to Introduce Editing for Kids without Ugly Crying – Bethany Ishee

You didn’t see it coming. You merely suggested that maybe the piece of writing your child had been working on could use a final polishing up. The grammar and mechanics could use a little work, and you never thought it would lead to such defensiveness. However, editing for kids is serious and personal business.

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Our Homeschool Weeks in Review – Kristina (Blossom & Root)

Right now, my life is consumed with highlighters, red pens, stacks of printed pages, and piles and piles of books. I am up to my eyebrows in final edits for our second grade curriculum, as well as a dozen different Book Seed issues. I love the madness of creation, and I even love the tedium of the editing process. But it’s called for a temporary shift in every other aspect of my world, including homeschooling.

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Kids Love Learning with the Brave Writer Lifestyle – Bronwyn (Hustle & Homeschool)

Why did you decide to start homeschooling? Everyone has their own reasons for homeschooling. One of the most beautiful things about homeschooling is that it makes learning a part of everyday life. We get to help our kids get a meaningful education! But, especially for parents who went to traditional schools, it can be hard to figure out how to do this and not slip into doing “school at home”. This is where the Brave Writer Lifestyle comes in! You can transform your homeschool by utilizing the Brave Writer Lifestyle.

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Blog Roundup: January 2019

Brave Writer January 2019 Roundup

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

How to Get the Words Flowing From Your Struggling Writer – Bethany Ishee

I think we can all recall the fear and terror that would overtake us at the sight of a blank page when we knew writing was expected. Whether a research paper, book report or an essay response on an exam, anxiety grew each moment we had no idea what to write. It seemed that the harder we tried to think, the more desperate the situation became.

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How to Stop Writer’s Block From Stealing Your Child’s Thoughts – Dachelle (Hide the Chocolate)

It’s happened more times than I can count. We sit down to start our writing project and at least one child cannot come up with a single word to say. They stare at the page and seem to have forgotten how to form words. Learning to communicate through writing is hard, but what do you do when your child has writer’s block and no words will come out?

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Blog Roundup: December 2018

December 2018 Brave Writer Blog Roundup

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

Becoming A Family Of Brave Writers  – 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 the year I discovered Julie Bogart and Brave Writer!” Read more

How to Host a Winter Poetry Teatime – Dachelle (Hide the Chocolate)

“Snowflake cookies, hot cocoa, and winter concrete poems were some of the fun we had at our Winter Poetry Teatime.” Read more

Joyful and Easy Holiday Activities With Brave Writer  – Shawna (Not the Former Things)

“We only do the things that bring true joy to at least a majority of us, or we don’t do it.” Read more

Homeschool Language Arts: A Quiver of Arrows  – Ashley (Heart and Hand)

“When we finished reading Mr. Popper’s Penguins, we went to our friends’ house for a Penguin Party. We ate goldfish, made little penguins out of construction paper, did a science experiment about blubber, and then watched the movie together. It was such a fun way to finish our book and create a memorable experience of it.” Read more

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Top 10 Blog Posts of 2018

Brave Writer Top 10 Posts of 2018

Here are the ten most popular Brave Writer Life in Brief blog posts published in 2018.


  1. Brave Writer Podcast: 55 Things I Did NOT Do as a Homeschooler
  2. Homeschooling is Lonely
  3. Brave Writer Podcast: Morning Routines that Support Your Homeschool & Family
  4. Movie Wednesday Master List
  5. Podcast BONUS EPISODE: Brain Breaks with Joshua MacNeill
  6. Brave Writer Podcast: Natural Stages of Growth as a Home Educator
  7. Brave Writer Podcast: 61 Things I Did RIGHT in My Homeschool
  8. Books for Summertime
  9. Brave Writer Podcast: The Split Between Structured & Unstructured Learning
  10. Brave Writer Sample Classroom

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