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Creating a Warm & Rich Homeschooling Environment with Dotty Christensen

Brave Writer Podcast Brave Shift S3E2 Dotty Christensen

I am thrilled to introduce you to my long-time friend and homeschool mentor, Dotty Christensen. I call her “the magic maker.” I learned more about enchanting a childhood from Dotty than anyone else in my life. She “agreed” to be interviewed for the podcast after spending the day taking my headshots (she’s a photographer too!). I sorta kinda maybe tricked her into it! We got talking and I yelled: “Stop! I need to record this!”

Dotty shares about homeschooling her three (now grown) children, how she created a nurturing space for family life and learning, and the way her family learning adventure led her into her post-homeschooling career. I can’t do it justice in a summary—you’ll just have to listen!

Brave Writer Podcast S3E2 Dotty Christensen

Dotty with Jacob 1992 (left) and 2006 (right)

Dotty and I met in Morocco in 1984. She served mint tea and homemade cookies, and her toddlers were running around in fairy wings and face paint. Her home was a swirl of activity, color, and invitation. All I knew: I wanted that for my family!

Her family followed ours to California in the early 1990s where we homeschooled together daily for five years. Then, my family followed her family to Ohio in 1999. Our shared love of home, coziness, art, and learning have sustained our friendship and enriched it all these years.

I can’t wait for you to meet her!

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Brave Writer Podcast: Season 3 is here with Susan Wise Bauer!

Brave Writer Podcast Season 3 Episode 1 with Susan Wise Bauer

It’s with great pleasure that I share with you the dynamic conversation I had with Susan Wise Bauer (beloved author and notable educator). Susan talks about her own homeschooled childhood, her experience home educating her children, and her thoughts on the homeschool culture and how it’s changed over the decades.


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Susan is frank, down-to-earth, and articulate about what it takes to be a homeschooler. She offers support and strategies for a satisfying healthy homeschool.

She has a Ph.D. in history, has written more than 20 books (such as The Well-Trained Mind and The Story of the World series, and is considered an expert on classical education. Her own journey as homeschooled student to home educating parent to homeschool movement thought leader makes her uniquely qualified to comment on the homeschooling culture and its future.

I’m happy to welcome Susan to the Brave Writer podcast! Enjoy!

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Brave Writer Season 3 Podcast

An Inspiring Young Author – Podcast with Mason Lawler

An Inspiring Young Author- Podcast with Mason Lawler

While you wait for Season Three of the Brave Writer Podcast, enjoy our interview with a special guest. Brave Writer student Mason Lawler recently self-published his first book and we’re happy to have him on the podcast.

2016 was a rough year – Mason went through surgeries and long recoveries – so his mother focused on a big project that would lead to a satisfying outcome. They decided to write a book, and here it is: How the Chameleon Got Its Colors!

How the Chameleon Got Its Colors

Mason took Brave Writer’s Just So Stories online class, which exposes students to the classic animal tales of Rudyard Kipling and tasks them with creating their own. Mason’s class was taught by April Hensley, and she was the first person to suggest collecting Mason’s stories into a book.

In the podcast we talk about:

  • self-teaching
  • the self-publishing process
  • commissioning illustrations
  • and why there is a grain of truth behind all good fiction.

Mason is an inspiration to to anyone writing stories in this modern day and age, young or old. There’s no excuse not to pursue publishing that book!

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Brave Writer Lifestyle Podcast Series

Brave Writer Lifestyle Podcasts

Season 2 of the Brave Writer podcast has blown us away! Over 75,000 people have downloaded this season already. We’ve hit #1 in the K-12 Education category on iTunes multiple times.

If you are looking for practical encouragement for your homeschool project, this season’s podcast is for you! I interview parents, just like you, in the trenches who are sharing their hope, optimism, and creativity with you in addressing the most vexing problems. You’ll get to hear how each family implements the Brave Writer Lifestyle in their own unique ways, offering you inspiration for applying the principles in your own way too.

Season 3 is in the works, but until then, enjoy Season 2!

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S2E1: A Brave, Hip Homeschooler – with Rebecca Spooner
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S2E2: Unexpected Homeschoolers – with The Homeschool Sisters
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S2E3: Homeschooling Diverse Children  – with Julie Kirkwood
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S2E4: What is Learning Well? – with Alicia Hutchinson
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S2E5: Overcoming Challenges & Charlotte Mason – with Nadine Dyer
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S2E6: Partnership & Adventure in Home Education – with Mary Wilson
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S2E7: Remember Self-Care – with Amy Milcic
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S2E8: #BraveSchoolers are the Best Schoolers – with Chantelle Grubbs
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S2E9: An Inspired Homeschool Mosaic – with Angela Awald
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S2E10: Tidal Homeschooling – with Melissa Wiley
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Tidal Homeschooling: The Ebb & Flow of Home Education -Melissa Wiley

Brave Writer Podcast: Melissa Wiley

Today, I’m tickled purple to announce our Season 2, Episode 10 Finale. I have invited the incomparable Melissa Wiley (children’s novelist and homeschool veteran of six!) to join me for a rip-roaring big juicy conversation about home education, special needs kids, her theory of homeschooling (she calls it “tidal homeschooling”) and more.


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Melissa is mom to “a small army of children” and she has been writing children’s books since 1995, including her Brave Writer featured book The Prairie Thief. In 2005, Melissa started her blog Here in the Bonny Glen to document her family adventures – it’s a favorite homeschooling blog and it’s hilarious, so make sure you head over there and read it.

She’s delightful, funny, smart, and we’ve been friends for 20 years. Enjoy!

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