Archive for the ‘BW Blog Roundup’ Category

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 ( Thanks!

Learn more about Brave Writer products

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 ( Thanks!

Learn more about Brave Writer productsPumpkin image by miriampastor (cc cropped, tinted, text added)

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.