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Poetry Teatime Winter Update

Poetry Teatime Roundup

One of our favorite parts of the Brave Writer lifestyle is the practice of Poetry Teatime. The idea is easy: brew a pot of tea, pull out a book of poetry, gather the family together, and have each person share some poems! Teatime allows you to slow down and take a deep breath even when life is at its craziest.

Here are some of our favorite recent posts from the Poetry Teatime blog. You’ll find:

  • Epics from around the world
  • Cold remedies for all your teatime coughs and sniffles
  • Help for reading and writing haikus
  • Dragons of all shapes and sizes
  • An interview with award-winning children’s poet and illustrator Betsy Snyder

Learn About Epic Poetry: Imagine a type of poetry found in ancient cultures all over the world, detailing the most exciting heroic struggles and achievements imaginable. Epic poems do just that! Epics can be found in cultures as far apart as Kenya, India, and Finland. So get your myth-reading voices ready, because you’re about to be swept into a dangerous journey full of daring heroes, perilous quests, and the hope of victory!

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Tea for Colds: It’s currently cold season, when sniffles and runny noses abound. Grab your tissue box and set some water to boil for this teatime featuring all sorts of teas and snacks to help you feel better.

All About Haikus: What’s a haiku? It’s a moment in time captured in three short lines of poetry. It’s the instant before a bird lands on the surface of a still pond. It’s the curl of wind that nudges a single leaf aside and lets a gleam of sunlight through. It’s the ribbon of cloud that crosses a full moon. Haikus give us a moment to pause and appreciate the beauty of the world around us.

Dragon Themed Teatime: Lions, tigers, and dragons, oh my! In this dragon-teatime, take a journey to distant lands, where fire-breathing creatures roam freely and magic lurks around every cup of tea. So gather your golden coins, prepare your riddling powers, and breathe in the curls of steam from the visiting dragons!

Poet Interview: Betsy Snyder: Last month we were excited to welcome to Poetry Teatime the wonderfully creative children’s poet and illustrator, Betsy Snyder. After illustrating everything from greeting cards to children’s books, Betsy shifted gears and started writing and illustrating her own books. Her first few books introduce haikus to the very young, and she’s been busy working with sounds and images ever since!

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Brave Shift Podcast Series

Brave Shift Podcast Series

Season 3 of the Brave Writer podcast surpassed even my expectations! In my interviews with friends, educators, and even my wonderful mom, we explored the brave shifts that helps us to be better parents, better homeschoolers, and better people.

Each week features someone who has had an impact on how I love and learn. These guests are my personal heroes as well as skilled practitioners I’ve long admired. We discussed the culture of homeschooling and how its changed over the last four decades, we looked at the impact of cancer and the death of a child on our ability to home educate, we talked about education reform and how to create a homeschool space that is filled with light and coziness, and I got to talk to one of our Brave Writer instructors as well as one of our Homeschool Alliance coaches (and so much more).

The season kicked off with Susan Wise Bauer and wrapped up with Karen O’Connor (my dear mom). Listen, bring tissues (some of these interviews are pretty poignant), and implement the practical ideas that may help you re-shape your homeschool into something gorgeous and personal.

Tune in to the Brave Writer podcast on iTunesStitcher (or your app of choice), and here on the Brave Writer blog.

S3E1: On Homescholing Culture & Rethinking School – with Susan Wise Bauer
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S3E2: Creating a Warm & Rich Homeschooling Environment – with Dotty Christensen
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S3E3: Globe-Trotting + Homeschooling – with Christina Celebi
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S3E4: Writing Outside of the Academic Rubric – with Gabrielle and Kim Linnell
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S3E5: How to Be an Awesome Adult – with Christy Thomas
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S3E6: Enchanted Roadschooling Adventures for Families – with Ashley White
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S3E7: The Homeschooling Paradigm Shift – with Rita Cevasco
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S3E8: Coping with Unimaginable Loss – with Brian and Tywana Smith
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S3E9: Learning to Trust Yourself, Your Child, & the Process – with Stephanie Elms
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S3E10: Poetry, Fanfiction, and Chronic Illness – with Susanne Barrett
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S3E11: How TeachThought is Innovating Education & Empowering Students – with Terry Heick
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S3E12: Leaving a Beauty Mark on the World – with Joules Evans
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S3E13: Be There: A Brave Role Model for Parents – with Karen O’Connor
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Be There: A Brave Role Model for Parents with Karen O’Connor

Podcast S3E13 Karen O'Connor

It’s with great pleasure that I introduce you to the person who has had the single greatest impact on me as a mother, role model, and writer. Of course, I’m talking about my mother, Karen O’Connor! We had such a wonderful conversation on the season finale of the podcast—looking back at both my childhood and the way she shared the homeschooling task with me and my sister, and how she has grandparented our children. Truly: this is a “DON’T MISS IT” episode!

Stick around til the end. Her final bit of advice is GOLD!

Episode 13: Karen O’Connor

My mom is the author over over 85 books, an intrepid hiker of mountains and coastlines, and an avid line dancer. She has consistently modeled self-care and personal growth to me for my entire life. She’s a popular national speaker who has helped thousands of women, in particular, find the strength to be the best versions of themselves. I can’t wait to share her with you!

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Leaving a Beauty Mark on the World with Joules Evans

Podcast S3E12 Joules Evans

Every homeschool faces a crisis of some kind. Some of us get the diagnosis that alters the rest of our lives. Today, on the Brave Writer Podcast, I welcome my friend and homeschool comrade Joules Evans. Joules faced that life-changing diagnosis in the middle of her homeschooling journey. She talks to us about the brave shifts she and her family made and where they are today.

Don’t miss this podcast! It’s tempting to avoid facing our mortality. Yet being compassionate and prepared is a gift we give ourselves and others. I’m excited for you to meet Joules!

Also, I’m giving away her signed book on Instagram today (ends Wed 9:00 AM ET)! Come enter to win!

Episode 12: Joules Evans

Joules Evans is the mother of three grown kids whom she homeschooled all the way to the end of high school. All three are doing big brave things in the world. Joules, herself, is a breast cancer survivor. Her diagnosis shattered the taken-for-granted life she and her family had created and forced them to recreate their homeschool and their lives. Join me for an especially important episode.

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How TeachThought is Innovating Education & Empowering Students with Terry Heick

Podcast S3E11 Terry Heick

The insights of homeschooling are transforming traditional education! You are on the cutting edge of that transformation.

Today, on the podcast, I have the distinct pleasure of introducing you to an impressive education innovator: Terry Heick. Terry runs the enormously popular website: TeachThought.com.

Hundreds of thousands of teachers follow Terry’s work where they learn the principles of home education in his advice for their classrooms. You know the primary source of that advice? Homeschooling! Terry left the classroom and now, he and his wife home educate their kids!

I have frequented Terry’s site for years as a tool for research into the field of learning. His understanding of kids and how they learn dovetails beautifully with Brave Writer’s pedagogy. I reached out to Terry for this podcast and was delighted that he was eager to be a part of our program.

Let’s just say this: If you lack confidence in homeschooling in any way, Terry’s interview will give you the research and data that help you trust this homeschool practice because:

HOMESCHOOLING IS ACTUALLY THE BEST WAY TO EDUCATE YOUR CHILDREN!

TUNE IN now! I promise: your energy and confidence will soar once you listen!

Episode 11: Terry Heick

Terry Heick is the founder of TeachThought.com. He is a former school teacher turned “educational dreamer.” His hundreds of thousands of followers are keen to learn what Terry shares. Why? Because his fresh approach to education was honed in the homeschool he and his wife created for their children. Terry takes natural learning, self-directed learning seriously. He hopes to be a part of the revolution that transforms how we educate our young.

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Tune in to the Brave Writer podcast on iTunesStitcher (or your app of choice), and here on the Brave Writer blog.


Would you post a review on iTunes for us? You’ll help a homeschooler like you find more joy in the journey when you do. Thanks in advance!