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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 ( Thanks!

Blog Roundup: November 2015 Edition

Brave Writer Blog Roundup November 2015

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

Year 7, Day 1 by Amy, Hope is the Word

During tea time I suggested a little month-long Brave Writer project in which we will all collect words and phrases we read that capture our imaginations and gather them in a basket. I didn’t reveal to the girls what we’ll do with these later, but the whole notion was well-received…read more.

Brave Writing by Mary, Not Before 7

Beautiful example of working through Brave Writer principles!…read more.

Homeschooling Around a Campfire by Erin, Homeschool Mentor Mom

Whoever said “school” needs to happen sitting at a desk or table….or even during the daytime hours?? We had one of my favorite homeschooling days ever last night! It didn’t even start until after dinner, but we went strong til well after 11:00…read more.

Homeschooling Translated by Angela, Nurtured Roots

Ever feel like you aren’t doing enough in your homeschooling? Maybe it’s outside pressure or your own internal dialogue, but often we doubt that what we are doing with and for our children is enough. I know I do, until I slow down and examine just how naturally full of learning our days really are…read more.

A Gracious Space: Spring review by Alexandra, Life on a Canadian Island

Julie Bogart continues to inspire and deliver practical advice. I personally continue to enjoy the daily entries, reading one each day with my breakfast. It’s a great way to start my homeschool day. …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 ( Thanks!

Brave Writer Reviews

10 Brave Writer Reviews

Want to know how other homeschoolers implement the Brave Writer Lifestyle and use our products in their homes? Then check out these TEN reviews!

Fifth Grade Creative Writing: Brave Writer Review by Selena, Look We’re Learning

Creative writing is one of the most difficult subjects I’ve ever had to teach in our homeschool. I was an English major in college and I love the writing process, but letting go of what English “should” sound and look like has been a real issue for me personally, so it’s hard for me to teach my kids to write freely.

Teaching Writing with Brave Writer by Tonia, The Sunny Patch

Brave Writer is more than just a set of systematic lesson plans for teaching writing. It’s really a lifestyle – including so much more than just writing assignments. When you use the full program you’ll find art study, Shakespeare, poetry, literary discussions, and so much more.

Cultivating The Love Of Writing in Young Children by Marlene, A Diligent Heart

I favor a lot of structure, but this program is in no way like that, and after reading through it like three times before starting it with my kiddo – I’m so thankful for that. Because through it, with what I’ve learned as a parent, I know I’m going to build a wonderful writing foundation in my first grader.

Homeschool Writing With Brave Writer by Heidi, Starts at Eight

One of our favorite activities to do as part of our language arts with Brave Writer is the Poetry Teatimes. With my older children I did not incorporate poetry as much as I would have liked to. This once a week time with my daughter not only allows us to have some special one on one time, but it affords us time to read poetry and talk about the components of what we have read.

Writing is a Lifestyle with Brave Writer by Cait, My Little Poppies

I want my children to love writing. I want them to find their voice and to share it. I do not ever want for them to cringe when they see a pen and paper.

Learning to Love to Write by Alicia, Investing Love

Writing is a difficult area to teach because you want your child to be creative, you want them to write down those fabulous stories you hear them telling each other, but you also want them to be learning to write properly–not just creatively, but structurally correct too. So that means we need to be able to show them how to spew out their creativity in complete sentences with good structure, correct grammar, and spell things correctly. That’s a lot for a kid to handle! No wonder so many kids don’t like to write.

The Key to Enjoying Writing (and many other subjects) in Your Homeschool by Mackenzie, BOLDturquoise

Brave Writer, How I Love Thee! Let Me Count the Ways…

A Guide for Teaching Writing by Amy, Are We There Yet?

Writing is the hardest subject for me to teach. I had no problem writing when I was in school, but struggled with how to pass along those skills to my kids. I had a MAJOR light bulb moment while reading The Writer’s Jungle (the how-to guide for parents).

A Writing Program That Works for Us! by Jen, Forever For Always…no matter what

We just want our child to write a couple of sentences to a pen pal without us both dissolving into tears. I’m here to tell you it doesn’t have to be that way.

Transform Reluctant Writers with Brave Writer by Krista, Far From Normal

The brave writer lifestyle encourages intentional learning through all types of creative endeavors. It also looks for routine over schedule. Not needing to get certain things done at certain times but regularly working and building skills.

Blog Roundup: June 2015 Edition

Brave Writer Blog Roundup June 2015
Welcome to the latest blog roundup! See how other homeschooling families practice the Brave Writer Lifestyle.

Implementation of Brave Writer

Brave Writer is a writing philosophy designed to inspire kids to share their ideas. My favorite Brave Writer product The Writer’s Jungle teaches educators how to teach writing while keeping motivation high.

It’s full of tips for reviewing written works and offering suggestions for improvement. In addition, the activity ideas increase vocabulary and creativity with words. Teaching writing becomes more fun after implementing the program.

The part I struggled with was how long to spend revising works. My son and I wrote a paper together, but it seemed to take way to long to complete. There were numerous issues with his writing such as organization, and complete sentences. To me it was important to address them all. My 13 year old daughter could easily freewrite stories that were many pages long. In fact, she wrote ten chapters. The volume of output from her was impressive, but tackling a ten chapter book for revision was a daunting task. We pushed through it, but it was too big for her level of writing.

Enter my friend April. I recommend Brave Writer to April, and she loved it. A few months after using it, she described her implementation of the philosophy. Well it was brilliant, so now I use her implementation too. Here’s how it works…read more. ~Highhill Education

Homeschool wanderings: writing and grammar edition

I’m finding here at the end of six years of doing this thing called home-based education that I’m a little burned out on the way we’ve been doing things. Maybe it’s just me, or maybe boredom/burnout/stress is inevitable. I don’t know. All I know is that long about the time of the February Slump I found myself just pushing my girls through some of their work. Much of it felt disconnected, too–we had separate writing curricula and separate grammar curricula, and we were always reading aloud a lot, especially just good literature and history, so it seemed like surely some of that could be combined somehow. Additionally, the curriculum I was using with Lulu is excellent, and she was doing okay with it, but she was not engaged with it much at all. Besides that, I truly feel like it was enough above her head that she would benefit from it more when she’s a little older. I felt like they were jumping through my hoops on most days with very little investment on their part, and that’s not what I want for their educations at all. Enter Brave Writer…read more. ~Amy, Hope is the Word

112 Days of Brave Writer

I recently bought and read The Writer’s Jungle…I told myself I would just read it on the computer, but I can’t stand reading on-screen for very long. So I printed it. Wow. I loved many of the ideas in it and was pretty excited to get started-but TWJ doesn’t contain a whole lot of nitty gritty how-to-get-it-done type info. Last year, we tried out several ideas from Julie’s Brave Writer Lifestyle, which were a big hit with the kids. I wanted to continue our favorites from BWL and try out some new things from TWJ.

I came up with a list of 112 Brave Writer activities to do this school year, which works out to about three per week. I will add “Bravewriter” to my loop plan and we will work our way through the list as time permits…read more. ~Kim, Our Enchanted Place

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 ( Thanks!

Image by Brave Writer mom, Megan

Blog Roundup: March 2015 Edition

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

Using Copywork to Teach Grammar and Spelling

I could have entitled this post “oh, so that’s how you do Copywork!” – Maybe I’m just slow on the uptake and this is going to be old news to most; it was, however, a bit of a revelation to me when I discovered how copywork could be used as an effective means to teach not just spelling but also grammar, punctuation and the literary elements of writing. I also picked up some great tips on how to make it work for a struggling reader and writer. ~A Pilgrim’s Heart

Brave Writer Review

Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart. ~William Wordsworth

I have an enthusiastic writer and a reluctant writer and I really want to encourage both of them in their individual learning journeys.

I chanced upon Brave Writer when I was in search of some inspiration to help me teach my kids how to write. What I found was not a curriculum but an approach to writing that started to help me formulate a clearer view of what I wanted for my kids. ~A Pilgrim’s Heart

Brave Writer – Our Family Diary

Daily blog posts about one family’s journey:

This is a personal record of our daily brave writing. I thought it would be helpful for others to see a family venture into this wonderful program for the first time. ~Shauna, Eco Educational

Living Learning Lists

If home educators applied a Brave Writer Lifestyle to other subjects:

I am a long-time fan of the Bravewriter Lifestyle List. I love the ideas in it and how an entire language arts experience can be built on a few rich, real-life routines.

I have often thought, wouldn’t it be amazing to have a list like that for all the subjects? What if instead of following a curriculum all the time, there was a way to help worried moms spread a feast of learning ideas in the home — in addition to using a curriculum or in place of using it. ~Pam at edShapshots

The Storybook Village

An example of narrating through creating storybook villages:

When we built our storybook village back in 2011, I had no idea it would grow to become one of our favorite winter traditions. Camille was 4 or 5 at the time and it was a fun way to create spaces those characters who dominated her imagination and lived in books that had to be read again and again. Each year we pull out the village and Camille adds new elements…new literary neighbors, snow men, trees, etc. ~Dim Sum, Bagels, and Crawfish

Image by Brave Writer mom, Carmen (tinted, text added)