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Homeschool Alliance: February 2020

The Invisible Education

Family dysfunction has the power to sideline learning. Homeschoolers are not immune to the problems that all families face, and in fact, some grown homeschoolers have been public about challenges they faced growing up.

I get questions about all kinds of challenges to homeschool:

  • divorce
  • depression
  • anxiety
  • rage
  • alcoholism
  • chronic underemployment

Physical illness, mental health problems, financial problems, infidelity, divorce, and abuse can occur in all families, regardless of the way the children are educated.

An “invisible education” provides the backdrop, the context, for homeschooling, whether the emotional “weather” at home is positive or negative.

  • How do we learn to tell ourselves the truth about how our family is functioning?
  • Can we homeschool in some “right” way so we know we are doing enough to keep our kids safe and make them successful?
  • How do we manage any damage and move forward more positively? 

I’m eager to share with you ways you can enhance the nurturing and health of your family. Come spend time with us this month so we can help your unique situation.

Join us for the Homeschool Alliance webinar, “The Invisible Education,” at 7 pm, February 18, 2020.

Your children deserve parents who are well and able to give the gifts of presence and love.

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Homeschool Alliance: January 2020


If you’re like most parents, it’s easy to read the word homeschool like this:  


Rather than:


  • How do you put the home back into your homeschool so everyone is happy yet learning too?
  • Is there a trick to setting up your home to be more manageable (CHORES!) and convenient for home education?
  • What does it mean to promote an “atmosphere of learning” at home?

Join us in the Homeschool Alliance for January’s Brave Learner Book Club where we’ll take on House-schooling—how to recruit your home to help you educate—plus, chores!

Alliance director Jeanne Faulconer will present “Let Your House Do the Homeschooling” for our webinar (7 pm ET, January 15, 2020).

Consider how to set up your home so it

  • works for home education,
  • minimizes prep for learning,
  • and helps children help themselves to learning materials and experiences.

Get ideas for the reality of having kids “use” your home all the time, coping with wear and tear, and providing a home front which works for real homeschooling families. 

Become a memeber of the Homeschool Alliance!

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Homeschool Alliance: December 2019

Liberation from School

How do homeschool parents:

  • abandon the trappings of school,
  • harness the energy of home and family,
  • and help our children make authentic academic progress? 

Those are questions we love to answer in our coaching community. 

Join us in December in the Homeschool Alliance as we explore The Brave Learner’s unique approach to learning at home:

  • bingo cards,
  • planning from behind,
  • interval training,
  • and more!

Our coaching team will show you how your kids can thrive with routines rather than schedules, and how well kids respond to invitation and inspiration rather than insistence. A marathoner herself, Julie will explain how interval training can build learning stamina in our kids.

But is this really enough? 

We’ll consider concrete ways we can measure academic progress even as the role of inspiration-led learning grows. Planning from Behind with Narratives and Scatterbooking demonstrates that our children are learning “enough”—and helps us see and celebrate their progress!  

Upcoming WebinarBrave Learner Book Club: Liberation from School, Dec. 11, 2019 @ 7 PM ET

Join us!

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Homeschool Alliance: November 2019

Reclaiming Wonder in Your Child's Education

What if we encouraged wonder instead of seeking rigor? How would such a shift lead to a difference in our children’s learning? How could it change our kids’ experience of childhood and their teen years? Can an emphasis on wonder actually prepare homeschooled kids for adult life?

In November in The Homeschool Alliance, we’re thrilled to have Ainsley Arment of Wild + Free with us to share from her new book, Call of the Wild + Free: Reclaiming Wonder in Your Child’s Education.

Ainsley wants parents to value nature, story, play, curiosity and wonder as they homeschool their children, and her book shows us how various approaches to homeschooling incorporate these values.

Ainsley Arment of Wild + Free

Homeschooling parents don’t need to follow a rigid formula of any one way of homeschooling to emphasize wonder. We can craft our family culture so we slow down and make time for childhood that includes play and teen years that respect curiosity.

Let’s consider the art and science behind

  • a pedagogy of play,
  • a curriculum of curiosity,
  • the power of story,
  • the school of nature,
  • and the magic of wonder.

We’ll read about reclaiming wonder, and Ainsley will join us for our webinar 7 pm ET November 14.

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Read, Experience, Encounter

The Homeschool Alliance: Read, Experience, Encounter

Ever have that feeling of disorientation when you discover that what you thought you “knew” turned out to be inaccurate or incomplete?

I was just in New Zealand for a series of conferences. They drive on the right side of the road. Every time I stepped off the curb, I forced myself to look in the correct direction to be sure no cars were coming, but my brain led me to involuntarily double check the other direction because I couldn’t accept that no one would be coming—decades of habit are hard to overturn in a two week period of time.

When we learn, we learn in such a way that our minds organize the material so that it makes sense to us. We categorize what we see and experience. We make rapid-fire observations and with equal speed, form snap-judgments.

This happens whether we are slurping hot chocolate (and expecting a certain taste—if the milk is sour, we know it right away; if the chocolate is overdone, we scrunch our faces to show the bitterness we weren’t anticipating) or meeting a well-loved celebrity (and grappling with all the ways that person does or doesn’t match our previous mental image).

In October in the Homeschool Alliance we’re looking at “growing a mind”—how to facilitate depth in learning through

  • reading,
  • experiencing, and
  • encountering.

I’ll take us on a journey to look at the difference between scholastic study versus immersion to the extent that you are changed by what you’re learning.

We’ll learn about how we learn and grow by engaging in three different processes (these are processes I’ve designed that we use in many of our online classes). We’ll do one per week following the webinar on October 8.

We’ll do the activities first as adults and then talk about how to use them with your kids.  

It will be an amazing month of growth, fresh insight, and self-awareness. Join us!

Upcoming Webinar

  • Brave Learner Book Club: Read, Experience, Encounter, Oct 8, 2019 7 PM ET

Hope to see you in the Homeschool Alliance!

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