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Help Kids SEE Differently

Help Kids See Differently

In chapter 4 of The Brave Learner, I write about the 4 Forces of Enchantment and how they catalyze learning. The second force is “mystery.”

Mystery provokes:

  • depth,
  • awe,
  • closer scrutiny,
  • a shift in perspective.

It’s the force of “unknowing”—the heart of any deep dive in learning.

One of the ways I suggest promoting mystery is to help kids SEE differently using all kinds of tools:

  • microscope,
  • binoculars,
  • magnifying glasses.

When I visited the Getty Center a while ago, I noticed these BIG magnifying glasses hanging on the wall. They were provided to examine Da vinci sketches. Adults flocked to them. You had to wait for one to come free and then they were immediately snapped up again.

Holding the glass, looking carefully through it meant every person spent more time examining the artwork in that room than any other room I had been in. I noticed as I looked that the drawing had been composed of deft hashmarks, layered—sometimes close together, sometimes far apart. Made me wish I had a magnifying glass for every painting, too!

A shift in how you SEE leads to an awareness that my habits of seeing are limited. There is always more to see/know when we shift perception, when we find aids to help us move away from the familiar to discover more.

This post is originally from Instagram and @juliebravewriter is my account there so come follow along for more conversations like this one!


The Brave Learner

Who is the Brave Learner?

Who is the Brave Learner?

Who is the Brave Learner? Is it your toddler learning to walk? Is it the early reader bravely sounding out words? Is it the fan fiction writer or the table top gamer in your family?

Brave learning is about growing and becoming. It takes guts to say: “I don’t know” and then to find out what you need to know.

The Brave Learner Conference is designed to partner with you on that courageous journey! Can’t wait to meet you. You’re coming, right?

The Deets:

  • Early bird registration fee expires tonight (Mar. 31) at midnight EDT: $179.00 per person (Regular price: $199)
  • Capacity: Nearly sold out!
  • All Day Conference: Friday July 19, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Event location: the GLORIOUS Renaissance Hotel in downtown Cincinnati (discounted rooms to stay on site are still available but also nearly sold out).
  • We don’t host conferences every year (it’s been 3 years since our last one).

Can’t wait to hug you, to take selfies together, to introduce you to each other, and to pamper you with treats.

See you in Cincinnati!

Register Now!

April in the Homeschool Alliance

Four Capacities for Learning

Brave Learner Book Club: Four Capacities for Learning

Join us in the Homeschool Alliance as we continue our book club for The Brave Learner. This month we’ll consider how nourishing interests helps children create meaningful connections—and learn!

The Four Capacities for Learning are:

  • curiosity,
  • collaboration,
  • contemplation,
  • and celebration.

Four Capacities for Learning

These are the nutrients of brave learning.

Why do we recommend making an “outrageous presumption of curiosity?” What does it mean to collaborate by following your child “as his leader,” as Maria Montessori suggests? How do we help children move from curiosity to contemplative learning? How does celebration of sincere effort lead children to risk challenging themselves? How do these questions apply to older kids and teens?

Let’s talk about how to implement the Four Capacities for Learning. We’ll focus on helping our kids sustain their interests and get the academics they need.

Join the Homeschool Alliance

The Brave Learner Conference: Early Bird Discount Ends March 31

The Brave Learner Conference

I can’t wait to meet you! Let’s do that this summer in my hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio. I’ve organized a day-long party, extravaganza, event to celebrate YOU and the release of my new book The Brave Learner.

I look forward to:

  • sharing brand new material in my sessions
  • trouble-shooting those pernicious problems in your homeschool resistant to reform
  • spoiling you with fun and treats
  • and introducing you to a room filled with other educators just like you!

We’re meeting at the Renaissance hotel, designed to create a rich experience of pampering and awesome adulting. You can reserve hotel rooms for a special rate while they’re still available. Going fast!

Here’s the thing:

We’re nearly sold out!


Grab Your Ticket Here

The Early Bird Discount ENDS March 31st
We’ve got room for 300 guests

For all the deets: The Brave Learner Conference


I’ll be speaking during every session and have invited a few surprise guests (Ahhh!).

This event is unlike any I’ve hosted!

It’s all about helping you become the home educator, parent, and awesome adult you long to be! Our gorgeous event space has a max capacity, so when tickets sell out—that’s it!

I don’t want you to miss this opportunity to invest in your family and yourself.

So, are you coming? I hope so!

Join me by registering now  

What Others Say about The Brave Learner

What Others are Saying about The Brave Learner

Wow. I am (happily) overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support each of you has shown me throughout The Brave Learner’s publication!

Thank you for spending your precious time reading the book, posting those gorgeous Instagram photos, sharing salient feedback and, in many cases, using up all your book darts/sticky notes/highlighter ink!

Publishing a book is a vulnerable act, so it’s especially validating to know when my ideas are resonating with you and your families.

Take a peek at what some lovely reviewers had to say about The Brave Learner:

The Brave Learner Changed Our Homeschool – Doodlemom

As I read, I discovered opportunities to use the techniques Julie Bogart discusses with my own teens. I put them into practice over the last weeks and the results are amazing! Read More

Brave Learners – Unto Adoption

“Doesn’t [Julie] just give you the warm fuzzies? She’s like Mary Poppins, Leslie Knope, and Maria von Trapp rolled into one!” Read More

The Brave Learner: A Review – Townsend House

This is an amazing book to have in your homeschooling library – in fact, I would say that it is an amazing parenting book in general.  Read More

Not *Just for Kids* Book Review: The Brave Learner – Picture of a Homeschool

Reading The Brave Learner by Julie Bogart is like sitting with a friend.  You unload all of your worries, hopes and fears.  Julie answers with: I hear you, I’ve been there, and Let’s see what we can brainstorm together.  Read More


The Brave Learner Companion Guide

The Brave Learner Companion Guide (FREE!)


How to Really Help a Child with Learning Differences: The Brave Learner – Not the Former Things

This book is a comprehensive discussion of how we help our kiddos learn, gain confidence and build relationships along the way. Julie has a way of being incredibly inspirational and super practical, all at the same time. Her book is essentially 14 chapters of encouragement and real-life ideas for learning. Read More

The Brave Learner by Julie Bogart – Homeschooling Large Family Style

I took what feels right for my individual family and left behind the parts that do not fit us in this season. Different is a beautiful thing! There are many good ways to learn, teach, and grow. Read More

How to Be a Brave Learner – Today’s Catholic Homeschooling

Whether you are a new or veteran homeschooler, you will find something to inspire and challenge you in these pages. Read More

If you’ve written a review of The Brave Learner that you’d like to share, please send a link to help@bravewriter.com.

Thank you for being the best community a Brave gal could ask for!

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