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Collaboration with Compassion

Collaboration with Compassion

Next month in the Homeschool Alliance, I am reprising my talk from the summer Brave Learner Conference called “Collaborating with Compassion.”

We’ve all discovered the power of partnering with our children—a common theme in the Homeschool Alliance.

We look for ways to:

  • connect to them,
  • honor their interests, and
  • see them as full persons already (as Charlotte Mason reminds us).

Ironically, it takes putting yourself in the center of this educational equation—as a learner—to see the fruit you crave. We talk about child-centered learning. I love that because it implies the value of the child.

But sometimes that posture paralyzes us into inaction, waiting for the child to take the lead, to complete the task, to burn with intensity unprompted or supported by us. If he really wants to learn the physics of flight, he’ll learn it. If he doesn’t, then he will stop.

In fact, that is NOT how it works. What we’ll look at in our webinar together is an idea whose time has come. What would it mean to follow your child, but to follow as your child’s leader? (Maria Montessori)

The goal for September is to become more aware of the opportunities to see from behind the eyes of our children and then to take the actions that spring from that awareness.

We’ll talk more about it September 19 at the Brave Learner Book Club webinar. Join us!

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Homeschool Alliance: August 2019

Think Like a Writer

Applying the Superpowers: Think Like a Writer

The Brave Learner reveals techniques for treating our kids like real writers. As part of The Brave Learner Book Club in the Homeschool Alliance, let’s dive deeper into how homeschooling parents can create the growth atmosphere professional writers seek—for our own kids!

We’ll look at the practices the pros use to support one another in writing workshops, and we’ll talk about how to implement those practices in classes, homeschooling, and beyond.

  • How do Brave Writer’s coaches bring out the “real writer” in their students?
  • How can parents extend that experience as they support their young writers?
  • How does Brave Writer’s approach relate to essays and college prep writing? 

Kirsten Merryman, director of Brave Writer’s online instruction, will lead our webinar this month, sharing strategies for encouraging both reluctant and willing writers to take risks and grow. 

Be sure to download our Brave Learner Companion Guide.

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Homeschool Alliance: Planning Month

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I couldn’t be more delighted: Susan Wise Bauer (The Well-Trained Mind) has agreed to join us to help you get ready for the coming academic year!

She and I are joining forces to give you all the tools, insight, and resources you need to think differently about your kids.

  • What if you could “plan for the child you love?”
  • What if you could take into account your child’s personality, passions, and academic needs?
  • What if you had tools to help you measure your child’s progress?

Introducing: Intuitive Homeschool Planning—Plan for the Child You Love.

This year, we’ve thoroughly revised our homeschool planning tools, and we’re going to release them on July 1, 2019, to Homeschool Alliance members exclusively (a $25.00 value).

Inside the Alliance, the coaching team will guide you through the process so you have confidence in how you will carry out your homeschool responsibilities in the coming year. We’ll help you tailor your expectations while providing your kids with a robust, joyful education.

The Brave Learner offers a variety of methods to create peace and to experience progress in your homeschool, free from the constraints of school schedules and traditional lesson plans. In this new planning tool, we’ll help you make those practices practical!

Also in July, Susan Wise Bauer makes a rare appearance to lead a special webinar. She’ll share thoughts from her book, Rethinking School: How to Take Charge of Your Child’s Education, especially her chapter on “The Child’s Vision,” which will help you see your child more clearly and plan a more effective year. She can’t wait to meet you all!

To support this active process, we’re offering extra webinars! Look for two additional webinars with Julie and the team in July and August.

If you haven’t already, purchase my book, The Brave Learner, and then download the FREE Brave Learner Companion Guide then you’ll be all set to go!

Upcoming Webinars

  • Brave Learner Book Club: Intuitive Homeschool Planning and Rethinking School with Susan Wise Bauer | Jul 9, 7:00 PM ET
  • Brave Learner Book Club: Intuitive Homeschool Planning #2 | Jul 30, 7:00 PM ET
  • Brave Learner Book Club: Intuitive Homeschool Planning #3 | Aug 8, 7:00 PM ET

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The Homeschool Alliance: June 2019

June 2019 Homeschool Alliance

Join us in the Homeschool Alliance as we continue our book club for The Brave Learner.

In June we’ll begin learning how to apply the Superpowers to help our children learn in core subjects. Our webinar guest will be Robert Krampf, also known as The Happy Scientist. He’ll show how our kids learn when we help them “think like a scientist.”

  • How can we acquaint our kids with the joy of scientific discovery and insight?
  • How does nature study connect to learning the processes of science?
  • How can we provide tactile science connections for our kids?
  • How do we count on curiosity as “the way in” to learning science?

Robert Krampf, The Happy Scientist

Let’s talk about the practical matters of homeschooling like a Brave Learner, learning science by applying the Superpowers!

Download your free 90+ page Companion Guide for The Brave Learner and join us in June as we continue our book club meetings.

Book Club Webinar: Tuesday June 11 at 7:00 PM ET

Topic: Applying the Superpowers to Science
Webinar speaker: Robert Krampf, The Happy Scientist

Hope to see you there!

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The Homeschool Alliance: May 2019

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How do we help our kids find the right balance of challenge, competence, and meaning? How does the development of our children’s values play into their academics as well as their values?

Join us in the Homeschool Alliance as we continue our book club for The Brave Learner.

In May we’ll look at the ways information, ideas, and skills can become our children’s personal possession through their

  • minds,
  • bodies,
  • hearts,
  • and spirits.

These Ports of Entry, or “access points,” are where education takes root and grows deep inside each child.

We’ll expand our understanding of how children use their minds to learn, and we’ll discuss how learning is also initiated by paying attention to kids’ bodies, hearts, and spirits.

Let’s talk about how we can nurture our children wholly, through all their Ports of Entry, as we homeschool. Also, download a FREE Companion Guide for the book here.

If you missed any of the first three book clubs, you’re in luck! All of the replays are housed inside the Homeschool Alliance so you can listen and watch as you have time.

Join us in May as we continue our book club meetings.

Book Club Webinar: Tuesday May 14 at 7:00 PM ET.

Hope to see you there!

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