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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

Brave Writer Blog Roundup

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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Blog Roundup: October 2018

Brave Writer Lifestyle October 2018 Roundup

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

4 Simple Ways to Encourage Your Teens to Write – Kay (Heart-to-Heart Homeschooling)

“I first heard about freewriting while going through Julie Bogart’s, The Writer’s Jungle. The concept is simple, but effective. A timer, pen or pencil, and paper can unlock the words within your teen when done consistently.” Read more

An Honest Brave Writer Review From a Former Skeptic – June (This Simple Balance)

“Brave Writer reviews can be extremely polarized and confusing. As a new homeschool mom searching for a unique language arts curriculum, I read them and walked away bewildered, not knowing what to think. So what turned a former skeptic into a Brave Writer enthusiast? Read my honest Brave Writer review to find out.” Read more

Writing and Observing with all of Our Senses – Erin (Nourishing My Scholar)

“Observation is a key component to good writing. With detailed observation skills, our children can describe most anything and have their readers feel as though they are seeing it with their own eyes. Writing and observing can be practiced with Brave Writer’s Keen Observation exercise.” Read more

Why It’s So Hard to Learn to Communicate through Writing – Dachelle (Hide the Chocolate)

“In chapter two of The Writer’s Jungle, Julie Bogart describes the communication game. The communication game is a simple concept – teach your kids to communicate effectively by describing objects in detail. Within this simple premise is a game that had the kids laughing and begging to play more.” Read more

The Scarlet Letter Book Club – A Party School in Contrasts – Dachelle (Hide the Chocolate)

“Light and dark cookies, scarlet punch and illuminated letters were some of the ways my guest writer, Chantelle, and her family celebrated their latest literary adventure, The Scarlet Letter book club.” Read more

Using free-writing to hear what your child wants to say – A Muslim Homeschool

“I want to draw your attention to something that you probably haven’t paid much attention to, and it will blow your mind when you realise it….it did mine! As obvious as it is (when you’re aware) not many of us actually see it until its pointed out (I got my alert from Brave Writer).” Read more

Elementary Writing Prompts are ESSENTIAL for Improving Writing. Find Out Why! – Ashley (The Homeschool Resource Room)

“Brave Writer is our go-to writing program for everything writing. Julie has a gentle but full approach to encouraging young writers as they move through the writing stages.” Read more

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Blog Roundup: September 2018

Brave Writer Lifestyle September 2018 Roundup

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

Playing with Language: 10 Ideas for Families – Not Before 7

As part of our Brave Writer Lifestyle, we have embraced the idea of playing with language. It’s made me aware of the many ways we naturally play with words in our home.

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Charlotte’s Web Book Club: A Party School at the Fair – Hide the Chocolate

As many of you know, we love to use the Brave Writer Arrows for our language arts. This is a great book to jump in and try the Brave Writer program because the Charlotte’s Web Arrow is free. The Arrows provide copywork, dictation, grammar notes, writing activities and a literary element. Since the Arrows are broken down into four weeks, it works perfectly with our monthly book club.

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Jot It Down Review: More than a Writing Program – The Homeschool Resource Room

I’m happy to share the folowing [sic] Jot It Down review with you. We have been working our way through this program at a slower pace. Giving us time to really dig into the projects and the entire Brave Writer lifestyle.

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How to Incorporate Narration in Everyday Life – Bethany Ishee

Narration is a much-touted practice in the homeschool community, but I’ve found it can seem stuffy and stifling at times. As a result, I’ve looked for ways to incorporate narration into our daily lives so that it can be a natural extension of our life of learning.

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How I Teach Language Arts Using Literature – Homeschooling in the Pines – YouTube video

Today I want to talk to you all about how we use our read-alouds, how we use literature to work on language arts. […] This is my second year using Brave Writer. I use Brave Writer for writing, I use it for reading, I use it for language arts. Brave Writer’s a big, big part of our homeschool.

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How to Create an Enchanting Experience with Copywork – Nourishing My Scholar

Copywork. Does it bring up images of the hard schoolmaster making students write lines on a blackboard as a form of punishment? With Brave Writer copywork is so much more.

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How to Use Copywork in Your Homeschool Part 1 – Heart-to-Heart Homeschooling

Using copywork to teach Language Arts respects the natural way children learn. When they copy good writing, they absorb rules of grammar and mechanics, spelling, and more. That doesn’t mean you only use copywork to teach these things, but when used consistently, copywork becomes a significant part of the process.

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Using copywork to develop penmanship, grammar & punctuation…and having fun whilst doing it! – A Muslim Homeschool

I was introduced to the practice of copywork maybe three or four years ago when I stumbled upon the World of Bravewriter [sic], and I’ve been hooked ever since.

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How To Know If You Are Using Copywork And Dictation The Right Way To Teach Language Arts – Hide the Chocolate

If you are a Charlotte Mason homeschooler, then chances are the words copywork and dictation have come up repeatedly in homeschool discussions. The late Charlotte Mason, an educator who inspired an entire homeschool philosophy, advocated copywork and dictation as two of the key components to educating children in language arts. But, what are copywork and dictation and how do you do if you are doing them in the correct way?

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