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You are the Blueprint PLUS special guest: Liam!

You are the blueprint

Your kids will talk, walk, act, and think like you!

Which is great!

The scope (below) topic comes from my book, A Gracious Space: Winter (Day 38). We look at how your family creates the “blueprint” for how your kids turn out. I promise, it will encourage you!

ALSO: Special Guest Liam Bogart (my 21 year old) takes questions about stuff like video-gaming, his college experience at St. John’s, and more!

Periscope is the live broadcasting app that allows me to broadcast myself onto your phones so you can watch me webinar style (like FaceTime or Skype). It also allows you to participate through comments so that we can have a conversation!

We have 2400+ followers and so many great conversations about homeschooling and writing. If you are already following, would you please invite your friends? I’m excited about the reach of our community. Thank you for your enthusiastic participation!

If you want a taste of what I share on Periscope, watch our 80+ hours of:


Not all of the scopes will be available past this month so take advantage of them being on Katch now!

Table Top Games and Homeschooling

Table Top Games and more

My son, Noah (28), keeps 20+ games in the trunk of his car. Why?

Because you never know when a chance to play a game with a group of people may pop up!

By popular request, Noah joined me to share his PASSION for games–the kind that don’t require a computer or gaming system. We looked at the physical products (didn’t just talk about them), and he shared age ranges, styles of games, and which ones to try based on your families’ preferences.

Enjoy the scope (games mentioned are listed below) and see how gaming enhances family life and education!

Games mentioned:

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Carcassonne Ages 8+ / 2-5 players / Play time: 30-90 minutes
Hanabi Ages 8+ / 2-5 players / Play time: 20-30 minutes
King of Tokyo Ages 8+ / 2-6 players / Play time: 30 minutes
Pandemic Ages 8+ / 2-4 Players/ Play time: 45-60 minutes
Small World Ages 8+ / 2-5 players / Play time: 45-60 minutes
Sushi GO! Ages 8+ / 2 to 5 players / Play time: 15 minutes
Ticket to Ride Ages 8+ / 2-5 players / Play time: 30-60 minutes
Zooreka Ages 8+ / 2-4 players/ Play time: 40 minutes
Cosmic Encounter Ages 10+ / 3-5 players / Play time: 60-120 minutes
Eminent Domain Ages 10+ / 2-4 players / Play time: 45 minutes
Forbidden Desert Ages 10+ / 2 to 5 players / Play time: 45 minutes
Galaxy Trucker Ages 10+ / 2-4 players / Play time: 60 minutes
Shadows Over Camelot Ages 10+ / 3-7 players / Play time: 60-90 minutes
Settlers of Catan Ages 10+ / 3-4 players / Play time: 60 minute
Apples to Apples Ages 12+ / 4-10 players / 30-60 minutes (Junior version for 9+)
Catch Phrase Ages 12+ / 4-16 players / Play time: 30 minutes
Cranium Ages 12+ / 4-16 players / Play time: 60 minutes
Power Grid Ages 12+ / 2-6 players / Play time: 2 hours
Scattergories Ages 13+ / 2-4 teams / Play time: 30 minutes
Twilight Struggle Ages 13+ / 2 players / Play time: 3 hours
Codenames Ages 14+ / 2 to 8+ players / Play time: 15 minutes
Spinergy Ages 15+ / 2-6 players / Play time: 60 minutes

RPGs (Role Playing Games)

Mouse Guard All Ages
Do: Pilgrims of the Flying Temple Ages 12+
Fate Ages 13+

Noah’s Favorite Five Board Games:

Pandemic Ages 8+ / 2-4 Players/ Play time: 45-60 minutes
Eminent Domain Ages 10+ / 2-4 players / Play time: 45 minutes
Cosmic Encounter Ages 10+ / 3-5 players / Play time: 60-120 minutes
Power Grid Ages 12+ / 2-6 players / Play time: 2 hours
Twilight Struggle Ages 13+ / 2 players / Play time: 3 hours

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And be sure to check out your area for local game stores! Many keep games available for anyone to come in and play with friends or family (with staff who can explain rules when needed), and some also host events and tournaments.

Informative website: BoardGameGeek

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Writing wears kids out, have you noticed? They may get that burst of linguistic energy working for them (when the inspiration strikes, they’re hard to stop!), but when they’re done, they’re done. Sometimes after a successful writing project, all anyone wants to do is lie about doing nothing.

While taking some time off, or while your kids aren’t quite proficient enough to write lengthy passages of prose, you might try writing lists. Lists can be an incredibly therapeutic way to interact with language. For one thing, there is no shortage of topics for lists. Let me give you a quick list (ha!) of what you can list:

Email: Language Games

Julie –  I just found your website and program tonight and joined the yahoo group and very excited about trying it out with my two oldest children.  As I was going through the site I saw the language games you had listed and thought I would share this one with you.

One of my favorites one is something I picked up at a large children’s used item sale — it is called Storybook (comes in a box that looks like a mini metal lunchbox). It has cards with pictures.  The rules say that the first player picks a card and starts the story and then each player picks a card and repeats the previous portion of the story and adds a new part (this is somewhat cumbersome as the previous cards have all been turned face down). My children just take turns picking a card and adding their portion to the story.  They will even pick it up and just start playing it for fun!   It was so cute the one time they were doing it together (without my initiation) and I went to get my digital video camera to make a movie of them sitting on the sofa together.  Then they decided to read for the camera so that was an added benefit that made it more fun for them.  Now when one of them gets it out and starts their own story (my daughter just goes through the cards and makes up a story by herself) then the other goes to get the camera to record it!!  How cute!!

I think the game can be purchased at Target for about $5 where the card games are found (i.e. Uno, Crazy Eights, etc.) – usually an end cap!!

Another one I picked up one day in Barnes and Noble to have something to entertain the kids at the table in a restaurant (high end restaurant with long wait for food to arrive) was ZING!  The Bewitching Storymaking Game (it comes in normal size and a miniture version (like you would attach to a gift card).  There are 80 magnetic words and build a story grids. Each person selects 5 magetic tiles from the three categories of words (elementary, edgy, esoteric) takes turns writing with their sentence using 2-7 words (must use at least one word from those chosen and can add their own words using the blank magnets. It is a little like Scrabble other than being able to add your own words (oh how many times have we just wished that we had that ONE LETTER while playing Scrabble????)  Anyway, “I” think it will be a lot of fun to play, but unfortunately it did not work out as an activity at dinner that evening and we haven’t taken time to try it out since.  (Note to self:  PLAY ZING! with the kids tomorrow!)

Anyway, hope these game ideas help and I am looking forward to learning more about Bravewriter and showing my kids that writing can be fun!!


Cranium games

Cranium Zookeeper

The Cranium games are great for kids! They bill themselves as “whole brain” games. We own Cranium, Cranium Cadoo and this year’s Christmas addition (featured above) Cranium Zooreka.

What I like about the Cranium games is that they give natural opportunities to coordinate some of our most cherished aims on Brave Writer. There are chances to narrate, to spell, to problem-solve, to work as a team, to answer logic questions and more.

Zooreka is especially fun if you have kids who love animals (we do). It gives kids a chance to make decisions involving probability, saving and spending, and working with others.