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13 Big Juicy Conversations

Saturday, February 1st, 2014

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After a long, dark slumber, we return! In fact, we recorded this podcast a couple months after recording the previous, Englishes, but because of complications in life, it sat forgotten and ignored on the internet. No links, no listeners, no happiness. No more! Please join us as we tackle a topic close to my heart, Big Juicy Conversations!

Noah

The Natural Stages of Growth in Writing

Sunday, July 21st, 2013

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Understanding a young writer’s stages of growth is vital. As I’ve said elsewhere, in my years of working with families, I’ve found that it is much more effective to look at how writers grow naturally than to focus on scope and sequence, grade level, ages, or the types of writing that ought to be done in some “established sequence.”

The different stages are thoroughly explained in The Writer’s Jungle, but check out the following podcasts concerning them, as well. Just click on the titles below to be linked to each page:

Jot It Down

Before kids can write their thoughts and ideas, someone else needs to do it for them.

Partnership Writing

Focuses on the most overlooked stage of development in the writing journey and accounts for the development of writer’s block and writing resistance in kids. If you successfully navigate the Partnership Writing phase, your kids will not be plagued with the “blank page, blank stare” syndrome. You’ll both know how to create writing and what role you each play in the process.

Faltering Ownership

Looks at how you can create the conditions for growth and joy in writing with your kids.

Girl WritingTransition to Ownership: Part One

How to make the somewhat treacherous journey from adorable, fact-centered child to rhetorical imagination (the awareness that the world is inhabited by unlimited numbers of perspectives).

Transition to Ownership: Part Two

Continues the discussion of your role in the “Big Juicy Conversations” you need to be having with your fledgling thinkers.

Eavesdropping on the Great Conversation

This podcast features discussion about the high school writing life, on into college. Don’t miss it! It will help to shape your philosophy of writing, not just your program for writing. Enjoy!

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12 Englishes

Monday, February 11th, 2013

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Today’s podcast discusses the relationship between speech and writing. For those of you who are long-term Brave Writer fans, you’ll know that I refer to Dr. Peter Elbow as “my guru.” His vision for writing has long guided how I teach. When this new book Vernacular Eloquence hit the stores, it was thrilling to realize that Brave Writer has already captured and honed these very insights, but in the most practical way. We urge the kind of linguistic development Dr. Elbow examines in his research in this volume.

He and I have since dialogued about the way Brave Writer has evolved and explored that relationship through the most unique, yet effective context for writing growth: the parent-child editor-writer relationship.

The podcast today is about how to foster the various voices/registers needed for the variety of writing tasks our kids will face. How do we help them move between what Elbow calls “Edited Written English” (EWE) and the spoken language they use orally and in writing (online, in casual correspondence, when writing for popular audiences)?

Elbow says that EWE is “Shorthand: [for] ‘no mistakes.” This need to avoid mistakes is the key source of paralysis in the writing endeavor as many of you well know. Our aim to free the original writing impulse to come forth without undue pressure is what makes Brave Writer’s approach to writing different than other writing strategies.

Elbow goes on:

Students are constantly warned not to confuse their everyday speech with ‘serious’ writing. EWE or standardized written English is a dialect or language that differs in grammar and register from everyday speech.

He continues:

When students and others follow traditional advice and try for correctness at every moment, their language is often stiff, awkward, and unclear. Their attempts sometimes even lead them to the kind of peculiar mistakes people make when they try to use a language they don’t know well. Because of this, many people try to play it safe and stick to relatively simple sentences. When teachers look at student texts with this kind of simplified or plodding language, they sometimes blame speech—when really is was fear of speech that impoverished the syntax. When people let themselves genuinely speak onto the page, their language is more flexible and complex and sometimes eloquent.

Join Noah and me for a discussion of how these various “Englishes” manifest in the homeschool and what you can do to help support fluency in all of them.

Julie

11 One Thing Principle

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

One Thing! I’ve written about the One Thing Principle many times on the blog. Today, though, I wanted to share with you in more detail about how to get that fantasy homeschool you imagine into the real world of your routine family practice. Noah shares about our family and what we did that he remembers and I am hoping that my comments will ease some of the frustration and doubt that get in the way of enjoying your time at home with your kids.

And forgive the silly picture. My business photo shoot included these shots of me with the numbers 1, 2, and 3 for possible inclusion in marketing materials. They turned out really silly… but then, maybe silly is a little bit what’s missing for all of us in this serious business of raising, nurturing, and educating our kids.

Please feel free to post questions about your unique family situation below or to share some successes. We don’t have a forum any more and I know your input does help those who are learning this brave new way of living.

Julie

10 Podcast: Eavesdropping on the Great Conversation

Sunday, December 2nd, 2012

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Finally!! We are at the end of our series “The Natural Stages of Growth in Writing.” This podcast features discussion about the high school writing life, on into college. Don’t miss it! It will help to shape your philosophy of writing, not just your program for writing. Enjoy!

Julie

09 Interview with author Melissa Wiley

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

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Today’s podcast (podcast player at the bottom of this entry) features children’s author and home educator, Melissa Wiley.

Melissa and I met in 2005 online and instantly formed a wonderful connection around writing and homeschool. Her most recent children’s novel, The Prairie Thief, is the featured title for the October Arrow. You may purchase it here: The Prairie Thief at Amazon.com

 

Check out Melissa’s website and blog, too. Her blog, Here in the Bonny Glen, is a treasure trove of home education insight, poetry sharing, and reviews of her favorite children’s books. You might enjoy reading her entry titled “Hurrah for Brave Writer,” too.

I loved my conversation with Melissa so much, we rolled right by our usual 30 minute time limit and chatted for nearly an hour! I hope you enjoy getting to know Melissa as much as I have. We’re offering a special deal for the issue of The Arrow that goes with The Prairie Thief, which will be published on October 1, 2012.

If you’d like to purchase The Prairie Thief Arrow go here.

The Arrow is a monthly digital product that features copywork and dictation passages from a specific read aloud novel. It’s geared toward children ages 8-11 and is an indispensable tool for parents who want to teach language arts in a natural, literature-bathed context.

08 Conversation with Rita Cevasco

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

This podcast discusses the role of the brain in writing as well as how to teach the mechanics in a way that actually leads to their incorporation in the original writing task. Be sure, too, to sign up for Rita’s Class: Foundations in Writing. It starts October 1 and always fills up so don’t miss it, if you want to enroll your family. One price for everyone!

Enjoy.

Julie

07 Transition to Ownership Part 2

Monday, August 20th, 2012

Hi everyone!

This is our 7th podcast, 5th in the series related to the Natural Stages of Growth in writing. We started discussing the Transition to Ownership in podcast 06 and this is the second half of that conversation. You’ll want to listen to that half first. We continue our discussion of your role in the “Big Juicy Conversations” you need to be having with your fledgling thinkers. Please post your questions about your child in our comments section.

Enjoy!

Julie

06 Transition to Ownership

Sunday, July 29th, 2012

This is our first of a two part discussion of the Transition to Ownership stage of writing growth. This is the time when your 13-14 year olds (8th-9th graders) are making the somewhat treacherous journey from adorable, fact-centered child to rhetorical imagination (the awareness that the world is inhabited by unlimited numbers of perspectives). Noah helps me make this discussion especially engaging.

We’re having a great time making these podcasts (we hope many of you are listening). Share them around, please! I find myself utterly charmed by the chance to express all this build up of thinking I’ve cultivated over 13 years of writing instruction and ponderings. Let me know what you think and pose your questions in the comments.

Julie

Quick footnote: there are a couple of gaffes – the way there are when you record yourself mid-roll talking. For instance, I say “posterior” baby when I mean “post-term”! :)

05 Faltering Ownership

Saturday, July 21st, 2012

Today’s podcast features the characteristics of writers between the ages of 10-12. Join us as we look at how you can create the conditions for growth and joy in writing with your kids.

Julie