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The Brave Learner: Julie ON-AIR

The Brave Learner Podcast Interviews

Wow! This past month has been a whirlwind of epic Brave Learner proportions! The response to The Brave Learner has been overwhelming — in all the best ways!

Several phenomenal podcasters have invited me on their shows to chat all things Brave Learner.

Want to listen? We’ve compiled a list!

Penguin Random House: This is the Author

Homeschool On: More than Homeschool Survival

How to Create an Enchanting Home and Why It’s Important

Sage Parenting: Brave Learner

Honey! I’m Homeschooling the Kids: The Brave Learner with Julie Bogart

Book Talk: The Brave Learner

A big thanks to each podcaster, and also to YOU— the listeners —for being supportive from day one.

It means the world to me!

The Brave Learner

Brave Writer Podcast: The Complete Season Five

Brave Writer Podcast: Season 5 Recap

If you missed any Ask Julie podcast episodes, here they are in one convenient place so that you can listen (or re-listen) to them whenever you want.

THANK YOU for making Ask Julie the amazing podcast season that it was! Thanks to you, we’ve now gone well over a million downloads. What a milestone! We appreciate all the incredible review love you’ve shown us as well.

Let’s give a big round of applause to each Ask Julie guest. Thank you for offering us a glimpse into your lives and your individual challenges.

Season Five Podcasts

S5E1: Embracing Elements of Home with Tammy Kim

S5E2: Growing a Mind & Cultivating Curiosity with Christa Gregg

S5E3: What About Technology? with Lindsay McCarthy

S5E4: Checklist Lovers – Planning From Behind with Jennifer Vetter

S5E5: When Learning Isn’t Fun with Anne Trott

S5E6: Community is Self-Care with Jennifer Hunter

S5E7: Finding a Balance in High School with Karen Goldstein

S5E8: Cultivating Connection in a Large Family with Jardel Manalo

S5E9: Awesome Adulting with Jessica Hammond

S5E10: Prepping Your Teen for Adulthood with Myah St. John

S5E11: Breaking Free from Multitasking with Courtney Moyer

S5E12: Routines, Chaos, and Big Goals—Oh My! with CO Springs Homeschool Mamas Group

If you’ve enjoyed season five of the podcast, check out our Homeschool Alliance community to gain personal support and coaching just like I offered on the podcast. We do this work every day of the week and offer you a chance to grow as the career educator that you are.

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Brave Writer Podcast: Getting Wild + Free with Greta Eskridge

Brave Writer Podcast: Wild + Free
First, thank you for being part of the confetti cannon of congratulations I’ve received from The Brave Learner’s release—it’s been a wonderful whirlwind of a week! Your enthusiasm is truly treasured.

Next on my agenda? I’m headed to the Wild + Free Conference in Frisco, Texas. Speaking of which…

Today’s podcast guest—Greta Eskridge—has worked with Wild + Free for over seven years. When I met Greta we had an instant connection—she’s a kindred spirit for sure!

Greta lives in Southern California (where I grew up). Aside from being a go-getter creative entrepreneur (seriously, she does it all!), Greta loves writing, reads voraciously, and is perhaps best known for her deep passion for nature.

Listen to today’s episode to learn:

  • The benefits of just ONE hour a WEEK in nature.
  • Greta’s tips for sparking a joyful nature experience, even with littles in tow!
  • What it’s like being a second-generation homeschooler.
  • And much more!

Show Notes

Wild + Free

Wild + Free started as an Instagram account, quickly growing into an entire online community of mothers and homeschoolers who want their children to not only receive a quality education, but also to experience the adventure, freedom, and wonder of childhood.

It’s not confined to one particular type of homeschooling, and that’s one of the best things about it! It’s a passionate group of creative women driving a new style of educating kids, and teaching each other along the way. They’re flipping the script of conventional homeschooling – and we at Brave Writer are so happy to be a part of that movement!

We can be about thinking deeply, we can share our experiences, we can share the evolving insight that we get as home educators, and we can all be better for it.

Brave Writer Podcast: Wild + Free

Second-Generation Homeschooling

Greta loved being homeschooled growing up, and she’s incredibly grateful to now be a second-generation homeschooler. There is a sense of peace that comes with personal experience, and Greta says she’s less afraid of how her kids will navigate college and careers because she was able to do it. “It doesn’t mean I am never overwhelmed or wonder if I am doing a good job. But when I feel those things, I can always look to my own experience and find comfort in knowing how much good I experienced as a homeschool student.”

And from a very early age, Greta knew she would homeschool her children. “In fact, when I first started dating my husband at age 18, I told him I planned to homeschool and if he wasn’t interested in that we probably shouldn’t date!” He said he was fine with that, of course, and they got married four years later.

Before she had kids, Greta was actually a high school English teacher in a public school. She loves teaching, she loves kids, and she loves literature, so it was the perfect fit – “Except for the fact that I felt the limitations of teaching 150 students. I couldn’t meet all their needs. Plus I was limited by what the school district and the state said I had to teach. I longed for something different for my own kids.”

Even with all her experience, Greta still struggles to meet all of her children’s needs sometimes, just like the rest of us. “But I relish the freedom I have to be the boss of my own school, to set my own standards and curriculum, and to let my students needs and interests drive their learning.”

Brave Writer Podcast: Wild + Free

Greta’s Advice for Homeschoolers

  • Remember your why. When doubts, fatigue, frustration, or loneliness creep in, remember your why.
  • Be the boss of your school! No one knows your kids better than you do. Don’t let fear govern your decisions. Instead, if you know something is right or wrong for your child, follow your intuition and let their needs and interests steer their learning.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help. The flip side of being the boss is acknowledging you can’t do everything well. When your child needs something that someone else does better than you, get that person on your team!
  • Let things go. This is crucial to your success as a homeschooler. What you have to let go of is different for each of us: a perfectly clean house, no technology, home made dinners every night, early readers, getting into that one college…. Whatever it is, adjust your expectations when needed for the health and happiness of your children, your spouse, and yourself.


Ask Julie a question: (include “The Brave Learner” in the subject line)

I’m speaking at the Wild + Free Conference in Frisco, TX!

How to Create an Enchanting Home

How to Create an Enchanting Home

I had the pleasure of being a guest on Alicia Hutchinson’s fabulous podcast, Over at Alicia’s.

Alicia is known for the magical ability to follow a routine without sacrificing creativity and engagement so our conversation was a real treat.

We talked about:

  • The four components of enchantment
  • Art table inspiration
  • Older kids and enchantment
  • What enchantment looked like when my kids were young

And much more!

Listen to the Podcast

The Brave Learner—Happy Book Birthday!

The Brave Learner

Today’s the day: The Brave Learner book birthday!

The book I wrote for you,The Brave Learner, is dropping in mailboxes and book stores all over the world (quite literally!). The excitement is palpable. I love seeing all the “your book has shipped” notices many of you are sharing on social media.

When I wrote this book, it was my hope that I could help you reimagine learning—how you can get a little more “video-game level enthusiasm” into the traditional school subjects, and how you could discover the school subjects hiding in a child’s interests.

In my book, you’ll find four kinds of information to help you:

  • An easy-to-understand philosophy of learning that you can adopt now
  • Stories from my family and families like yours putting those ideas into practice
  • Brain research to help you understand how natural learning occurs in children
  • Family-friendly practices to implement the 12 superpowers of learning

The Brave Learner is designed to support you in the task of education and parenting for every age group (5 – 18 years of age). It doesn’t matter whether you’re a text book homeschooler, an unschooler, or a parent of kids in a traditional school.

There’s something for every parent who cares about their children’s education.

The book is available through:

Listen to today’s Book Birthday podcast below and check out the book’s website for a SPECIAL treat (a freebie just for you!).

The Brave Learner