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Read-Aloud Revival podcast

Monday, April 13th, 2015

Read-Aloud podcast

Brave Writer teamed up with the vivacious Sarah of Amongst Lovely Things for a Read-Aloud Revival episode!

The Read-Aloud Revival is is a regular podcast hosted by author Sarah Mackenzie, mama of six, where she talks with educators, authors, and others dedicated to helping parents read aloud to their children and build a family culture around books.

In our “Reading with Teens & Big Juicy Conversations” podcast:

Find out what reading aloud with teens might look like, how to start a poetry tea habit, and how to, in general, enjoy being with your kids.

Listen to the podcast NOW!

PLUS there’s a podcast opportunity for kids! Children can use the recording device on Sarah’s website to share a little about their favorite read-aloud then they may be featured on an upcoming episode during the “Let the Kids Speak!” segment. Find out more about it here (scroll down).

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Blog Roundup: March 2nd edition

Monday, March 2nd, 2015


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

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Blog Roundup: November 3rd Edition

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

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Today’s blog roundup is filled with inspiring thoughts and helpful ideas. Enjoy!

Things We Love: Brave Writer

Last year writing in my home was met with tantrums. It was killing our homeschool. Master Builder has a motor delay. She never crawled and has little upper body strength. This makes writing painful physically and mentally. You add into that the expectations of a mom who used to dream of being a writer and graduated at the top of her class and you will have a recipe for disaster. I was ready to throw in the towel last year but then at the end of year party someone asked if we knew about Brave Writer, because we seemed like we would be a “Brave Writer Family”. I had never heard of it before but was blown away by how much it resembled my philosophy of learning-(which I myself had lost sight of in last year’s disappointments). ~Jamie, Today’s Field Trip

women who inspire :: Julie Bogart

an easy way to add a bit of poetry into your homeschool is to institute a weekly Poetry Tea.  just imagine gathering the children to a table loaded with cups of tea with milk, a little something sweet to eat, and a stack of poetry books.  you might read some favorites, then they might want to get in on the act too.  sounds wonderful, right?  we’ve got Julie Bogart of Brave Writer fame to thank! ~Kort, one deep drawer

And three posts from Tristan:

Most of Writing is About Relationship – What I Learned at a Brave Writer Seminar

Yesterday I took a little 3 hour drive down to Cincinnati for some teacher development. Julie Bogart of Brave Writer spent 3 lovely hours sharing and encouraging a group of moms and dads in this homeschooling journey…The focus of the seminar was writing but in my notes I have all sorts of nuggets of wisdom captured. As this blog is part journal I want to record them here. Hopefully you find something helpful as well! ~Tristan, Our Busy Homeschool

A Writing Project from Start to Finish with Brave Writer

Today I’m excited to share a writing piece from one of my children because it really showcases one way Brave Writer has impacted our homeschool. Makayla is my 13 year old 8th grader. She has some long-term writing projects going on including a novel and a group pass along story with several friends (you get the story for 3 days to write all you want, then pass it along to the next person).

The Poetry Teatime Where I Break Most of the Rules

When I first heard of doing poetry teatime as part of the Brave Writer Lifestyle I put it off because it would never match the ideal picture I see in my head. Last year I decided that I would no longer be paralyzed by my perfectionist tendencies. My children did not care if things were perfect, they simply wanted togetherness. Nowadays I move forward and enjoy our imperfect poetry teatimes, breaking most of the rules from my imagined ideal.

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NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program 2014

Monday, October 27th, 2014

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November 1st is the start of NaNoWriMo!

What is NaNoWriMo?

From their website:

National Novel Writing Month happens every November! It’s a fun, seat-of-your-pants writing event where the challenge is to complete an entire novel in just 30 days. For one month, you get to lock away your inner editor, let your imagination take over, and just create!

That means participants begin writing November 1 and must finish by midnight, November 30. The word-count goal for our adult program is 50,000 words, but the Young Writers Program (YWP) allows 17-and-under participants to set reasonable, yet challenging, individual word-count goals.

In 2013, over 300,000 adults participated through our main site, and nearly 90,000 young writers participated through the YWP.

Click here for more information about the NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program.

Sign up today!

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Blog Roundup: August 27th Edition

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

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Read how other homeschooling families implement the Brave Writer Lifestyle!

Learning Ripples in Homeschool

Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into water, the actions of individuals can have far-reaching effects. –Dalai Lama

“I love this quote from the Dalai Lama for many reasons and I’ve seen an application of it to learning. It began with writing. Writing is an area where variety is enjoyable.” ~Tristan, Our Busy Homeschool

What it takes to continue homeschooling

“In the last couple of years, I have often said, “Oh, I don’t read homeschooling books anymore” and “I don’t look for curriculum anymore.” I mean it has to stop somewhere, right? Someone will always be writing another book or presenting another curriculum. And I have so many books and guides and projects that I haven’t even used yet. I just keep telling myself to find something I already have and use it. And those thoughts come on the good days. On the not-so-good days, I just want to get through the checklists and see some completed workbook pages.” ~Two Culture Mom

And here is an inspiring conference report:

VAHomeschoolers Conference 2014

“Julie Bogart has a well-deserved cult following in the homeschooling world. She homeschooled her five children, worked as a professional writer and created the popular “Brave Writer” series of language arts curriculum and online writing classes. She is an incredibly engaging speaker, so well-spoken, charming and funny. Some conference attendees just sat in her sessions alone for the entire conference!” ~Anne, ruly

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!

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Camp NaNoWriMo

Saturday, May 24th, 2014


Less formal than November’s “50K words or bust,” Camp NaNoWriMo allows your child to set his or her own goals and work on any kind of writing. From their website:

Camp NaNoWriMo is a more open-ended version of our original November event. We have Camp sessions in both April and July, and we welcome word-count goals between 10,000 and 1,000,000. In addition, writers may attempt non-novel projects. Camp is a creative retreat for whatever you’re working on!

Check it out!

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Blog Roundup: April 27th Edition!

Sunday, April 27th, 2014

Image by ConsueloRead how other homeschooling families implement the Brave Writer Lifestyle:

How We Use the Brave Writer Program Julie at Creekside Learning shares how her family uses Brave Writer in their homeschool. You can also enter to win one of our Poetry Guides in honor of National Poetry Month (contest ends May 2nd).  

Brave Writer’s The Arrow “Last month we added Brave Writer’s The Arrow to our Language Arts studies and I’ve noticed the difference in our homeschool already. We’re having so much fun with “The Brave Writer lifestyle”. Our own language as well as our awareness of language around us – written, spoken and performed – is heightened. Here are some examples of what we’ve done.” ~Jess, You, Me and B

A Week of Bravewriter’s Partnership Writing “It’s Monday, and there’s just time to squeeze in some copy work before heading off to circus class. I choose a sentence from our current read aloud, Neil Armstrong: Young Flyer and write it into Yoshi’s book. He copies it out. Time taken: five minutes…if you don’t count the wriggling…” ~Melissa, Lovely Things

Poetry Tea Time “This year on Fridays we have added Poetry Tea Time to our schedule. This has been a fun way to make sure we are enjoying poetry every week.” ~Living and Learning

Homeschool Freakout Day “Recently, on a mailing list I read, a mom posted about how she was freaking out about homeschooling. It’s the same feelings every homeschooler has, and heck, probably most parents have: that their kids aren’t learning what they should, that they are unhappy, that the kids will be left behind, and so forth.” ~Katie, Home is Possible

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!

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Homeschool Carnival at momSCHOOL

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Carnival of HomeschoolingBrave Writer’s “You Have Time” blog entry is featured in the Homeschool Carnival over at momSCHOOL. Today is the April Fool’s Edition.

Other posts include: “The Importance of Play in Nursery School,” “Make Homeschool Science More Fun than Play,” and “Why I’m Not Making My Kids Do Dishes Anymore.”

Check it out!


Introducing: The Bunk Room!

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

The Bunk Room Slaby familyHi, my name is Maria Slaby. Since 2008, my family and I have been publishing The Bunk Room, a magazine written entirely by kids from all over the world. We are seen in print in communities in the US and online worldwide. Every issue we filter through hundreds of articles submitted by kids eager to be published. And as much as we can, we strive to publish most.

This morning, I was asked to complete a publishing industry survey. The question was, “What is the most important new thing you wish to accomplish with your publication this year?”

That’s simple. And it isn’t new. It’s the same every year.

Our goal is to inspire kids to love and embrace reading and writing; to deliver content that inspires them to want to create stunning articles that people enjoy reading.

Our readers run the age spectrum; from young readers to great, great grandparents. That means we need a consistent flow of varied and stellar content.

In all the years we’ve been publishing The Bunk Room we’ve seen kids not only embrace the process but prevail. Our low-tech analog print magazine has been inspiring for years.

The Bunk Room

We just need more kids to sharpen their pencils and take the plunge!

As a homeschooling mom of four, along with six years of receiving hundreds and hundreds of articles from kids throughout the land, I know the platform of The Bunk Room inspires kids and families to dig deep and make it happen.

Writing has its moments of bliss, but like any creative pursuit, the honeymoon can fade quickly. That’s when we face our own demons of fear and frustration and really discover who we are.

But like an endorphin rush, once kids see their words published, and even before as they give their piece the final read-through, pride in accomplishment adds a priceless level of confidence to their being. No one can take that away.

Suddenly it clicks. Their work is relevant. It’s writing with a purpose.

Guest post by Maria Slaby, publisher of The Bunk Room, a magazine written entirely by kids.

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Blog Roundup: February 24th Edition!

Monday, February 24th, 2014

Image by KristinRead how other homeschooling families implement the Brave Writer Lifestyle:

Teaching Writing in Our Homeschool with Brave Writer “Many writing curricula come at writing from what I think of as a ‘teacher’ mindset instead of a ‘writer’ mindset.” ~Tristan, Our Busy Homeschool

Partnership vs. Performance Learning “In Partnership Writing, author Julie Bogart explains how we as parents have no problems helping our child with other schoolwork but feel that if we help our child with writing it then no longer becomes “theirs.” This is a great thought, however, if you are anything like me, this has been an issue in areas outside of writing as well! Partnership Writing has inspired a whole new thought process in me on partnership learning!” ~Nicole, One Magnificent Obsession

The Homeschool Chronicles {Brave Writer} “I want to be a brave writer. I want my kids to be brave writers. Apparently writing can be useful (hello, blogging!), so I absolutely want writing in our homeschool to be about authentic communication, to be so much more than essay outlining, to have a liveliness not found in diagramming sentences.” ~Rachel, Stitched in Color

Unschooling Plans for English and Maths “I’m intending to use Brave Writer’s Daily Writing Tips: Volume 1 for inspiration, especially as a springboard to write alongside J(8) who has suddenly taught himself to spell (two years after we gave up spelling lessons and six months after we stopped his phonics programme. There’s a lesson for me there).” ~Lucinda, Navigating By Joy

Teaching Kids to Write – Sentence Order “In my head there is an ideal writing philosophy. Creating an enjoyment of writing is number one. Communicating thoughts and ideas should be the purpose. Grammar, spelling and punctuation are important, but focus on these writing topics discourages kids from writing.” ~jmommymom, Highhill Homeschool

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!

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