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Brave Writer Podcast: Natural Stages of Growth as a Home Educator

Brave Writer Podcast Stages of Growth

In Brave Writer we talk a lot about the natural stages of growth for young writers, which help parents place their children and figure reasonable expectations. Today we’re looking at the natural stages of development for homeschool instructors.

If you are a home educating parent, this is made for you – and if you are married to someone who is not a home educating parent, this may serve as a helpful guide for them. Even if your spouse is not on the exact same journey, it is valuable for them to understand the unique journey you’re undertaking.

Stage 1 – Jumping In!

Quite often, home educators jump into homeschooling without any formal training. We’re drawn to the notion of bonded family, participating in our children’s firsts, and the idea that we can provide something better or different than the school system… but we don’t necessarily know what the heck we’re doing!

At this point, the blossoming home educator is probably going to be quite enthusiastic about their new decision, and this is contrasted by little to no change in your children. Your children didn’t make a big decision to get excited about – they are just living their lives.

This stage may last anywhere from 6-12 months, no matter what ages your kids are.


Brave Writer Podcast: Diversity, Inclusion, & Literature with Charnaie Gordon

Brave Writer Podcast S4E4 Charnaie Gordon

Charnaie Gordon is a computer programmer by day, blogger and influencer by night, and a wife and mother of two 24/7. She is also a self-proclaimed lifelong learner, podcast junkie, and diversity and inclusion expert.

In Charnaie’s blog, Here Wee Read, she expresses her creativity and passion for reading, diverse literature, and literacy. More than anything else, Charnaie cares about connecting people with great books that they love because she believes – and we at Brave Writer agree – that books are an absolute necessity.

Diversity & Inclusion

Charnaie’s passion for diversity and inclusion is driven by a desire for everyone to have his or her own voice, whether it be through books, television, or other media. She believes it’s important that people of all races, and all ethnicities, are able to see themselves represented and included.

On Instagram and her blog, Charnaie is providing an opportunity for anyone to find a story that represents their family group.

“I try to feature books with kids just doing everyday things. We don’t see enough of this, I believe… but I like to focus on just kids beings kids, no matter what their race or culture is.”

Introducing inclusive ideals (or, unfortunately, non-inclusive ideals) starts at home. We need to be intentional about seeing more people that do not look like us, reading books from and about diverse individuals, and interacting with all different kinds of people so that our children are not afraid of or prejudiced against anyone just because they look different.

A Couple of Charnaie’s Favorite Children’s Books:

  • Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison | Originating as an Instagram challenge, this New York Times Bestseller features 40 illustrated biographies of African American women that helped shape history.
  • Grandad Mandela by Ambassador Zindzi Mandela (Author),‎ Zazi and Ziwelene Mandela (Author),‎ Sean Qualls (Illustrator) | Charnaie is excited about this upcoming book, which will actually be the first children’s book about Nelson Mandela created in collaboration with his family. It will publish on June 28, 2018, shortly before what would have been Mandela’s 100th birthday.

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Brave Writer Podcast: 61 Things I Did RIGHT in My Homeschool

Brave Writer Podcast 61 Things I Did RIGHT in My Homeschool

To be a home educator is to value learning – if you are part of the Brave Writer community, it is because you value learning. Although your children may not be able to articulate it, they know that your home is about learning, and that that is important to their parents. It is this gift that creates the platform for all else that you do.

Truly, if you approach your homeschool from a space of valuing education, as opposed to a fear of public schools, your children have already earned a sacred space in their hearts for learning. Just by living and breathing the value of education around your children, you are already ahead of the game.

With that in mind, this episode contains 61 things that I did in my homeschool – and that I am proud of!

I am also glad that I learned what it means to establish a home that kids want to return to, even now. I am so glad that our memories are bound up in all these activities.

When you put the relationship first, you put joy and learning first, and you support your children—and you help them see that their ideas, imagination, and words are valuable to you—any system will work.

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55 Things I Did NOT Do as a Homeschooler

Want to be on the Brave Writer Podcast?

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Would you like to receive FREE homeschool coaching?

Submit Your Question for Season 5 of the Brave Writer Podcast!

Does your family struggle with a particular homeschool challenge? Is there one nagging issue that you’d love to address in a new way, yet you feel out of ideas? Know that you’re not alone! Any veteran homeschooler will tell you that bumps, potholes, and even road blocks are natural on the home education journey.

I want to help. Our podcast team is putting together Season 5 and we’re calling it: “Ask Julie!”

In each podcast episode, I’ll interview a BraveSchooler (like you!). I’ll listen to your story and then collaborate with you to create new approaches to tired issues. We’ll explore as many options as are helpful, together.

Then you will take a few months to implement the ideas. We’ll meet back for a follow up interview to see how things went! We’ll share the resulting podcasts in late fall.

Know that your willingness to talk about your personal challenges will help thousands of other families. If this idea sounds good to you, I hope you’ll apply! I can’t wait to talk with you!

How to Apply

SUBMISSION:  Submit your application for the chance to be interviewed by me, Julie, for Season 5 of the Brave Writer Podcast. Please take a little time to whittle your issue down to a concrete description. Then, apply!

DEADLINE: March 14, 2018.

Brave Writer staff will contact you via email by March 31, 2018 if we are interested in inviting you to appear on the podcast.

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Brave Writer Podcast: 55 Things I Did NOT Do as a Homeschooler

Podcast 55 Things I Did NOT Do as a Homeschooler

Homeschooling parents often have anxiety around the aspirations for perfection that are so prevalent in home education – but we don’t have to be perfect!

In this podcast episode, I dispel some of that anxiety by sharing 55 things that I did NOT do in my homeschool, but at some point thought I should do.

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Despite the lack of projects, the lack of science, the fact that we didn’t write as much as you might expect, the fact that we changed what we did every year, I have amazing kids – just like you!

There are ways to think about home education, and education in general, and your family! The priority is your relationships, and their capacity to engage a subject and make it meaningful to them in a way that lasts into adulthood.

Stay turned for next week’s podcast: 61 Things I Did Right in My Homeschool.

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61 Things I Did RIGHT in My Homeschool