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Blog Roundup: March 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 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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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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