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The Homeschool Alliance May 2017: Year-End Assessment

May in The Homeschool Alliance: Year-End Assessment

Ack! It’s the end of the homeschool year and you want to know: Did I get it right? Have my children made the right kind of progress? How do I know I’m on track?

You’re not alone. May is when I did my “panic-purchases”—the temptation to load up on other, newer, better-er stuff for fall since I somehow botched science (again).

I learned over the years to change how I assessed my kids and my own work as a home educator. We’re going to explore some of those methods in May in The Homeschool Alliance, my online homeschool coaching community.

What I came to see is that the long, slow work of home education can be detected, validated, and valued. I also discovered how to think differently about the subjects where I had not made the kind of progress I had hoped. I also got over my need to “binge-spend” as a way to assuage my, ahem, guilt.

Key questions we’ll answer:

  • How do I know my child is at grade level?
  • What about state requirements?
  • How can I prepare for year-end testing or narratives?
  • What are healthy ways to give children a sense of their own progress and growth?
  • What about grades? Do we need them? How do I give them?

I’ll help you learn how to

  • think about assessment through the lens of learning, rather than achievement
  • prepare a portfolio that showcases your child’s accomplishments
  • create a “show-and-tell” night that celebrates your children’s year
  • share the sense of accomplishment with your kids
  • give tokens of celebration to each child

It’s going to be a wonderful month of celebration rather than end-of-the-year handwringing. We’ll have our usual monthly live webinar too, so you can ask me your questions and listen to conversation about this past year. Can’t wait to hear about all you’ve done and to tell you how awesome you are!

Each month in the Alliance we deep dive into a topic to empower your homeschool. You can join any time and leave any time. We hold monthly web chats with me and Stephanie Elms, our other coach, where we hash out stuff about parenting, credits, teaching, and more.

Check out for details and give us a try this month!

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April is Poetry Month in The Homeschool Alliance

April is Poetry Month in The Homeschool Alliance

April is National Poetry Month and we’re going to dive in together in The Homeschool Alliance! We’re starting with the fabulous Mary Oliver. I’ll help you learn how to read, share, and write poetry with your kids.

Each month in the Alliance we deep dive into a topic to empower your homeschool. You can join any time and leave any time. We hold monthly web chats with me and Stephanie Elms, our other coach, where we hash out stuff about parenting, credits, teaching, and more.

Participate from anywhere on the globe! Check out for details and give us a try this month!

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Raising Resilient Children

Raising Resilient Children

“A good half of the art of living is resilience.”
― Alain de Botton

It’s not too late to join us in The Homeschool Alliance for March’s topic: Raising Resilient Children. The monthly webinar, for Alliance members, will be Tuesday, March 21, 2017.

What is resilience? In a nutshell, resilience is the capacity to “cope and feel competent.”

Resiliency is reflected in how our child manages when presented with a challenge, in how easily they bounce back from disappointments and in how they learn to relate comfortably to others and to treat themselves and others with respect.

A key factor in the development of resiliency is having at least one stable and committed relationship with a supportive parent, caregiver, or other adult. So we parents can and do make a difference!

Join us in The Homeschool Alliance this month as we talk about resiliency and learn how we can create an environment where our children can learn what they need to approach their lives with confidence.

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In the Alliance this Month: Bringing History to Life

The Homeschool Alliance: Bringing History to Life

The Homeschool Alliance is hopping! After a great start to the new year, we have found our groove and we want you to join in on the fun.

We have so much planned in February!

  • Bring history to life! Add enchantment into your homeschool by helping your kids discover that history is about so much more than simply memorizing names and dates.
  • Teach your kids about making and managing money by joining our one-thing challenges.
  • Be refreshed by our bi-weekly A Gracious Space: Winter LIVE readings. Join in the ongoing discussion of the rewards as well as the challenges of this homeschool lifestyle. Breathe a little easier and learn to trust that homeschooling does not have to be as hard as it sometimes feels.

Don’t let the winter doldrums get you down. The personal support in the Alliance is just the antidote you need. Take advantage of the space the Alliance provides to slow down and re-discover the heart and soul of your homeschool.

$24.95 a month. Quit anytime!

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Brave Writer’s Holiday Gift Shoppe!

Brave Writer 2016 Holiday Gift ShoppeThe Brave Writer Holiday Shoppe is NOW OPEN


Cyber Monday 30% OFF Store Wide Discount!

The Brave Writer store is on sale! Take 30% off of any purchase* in the brand new Holiday Shoppe and the regular Brave Writer Store for 24 hours: 9:00 AM EST 11/28—9:00 AM EST 11/29. (*excluded sales: Amazon, Create Space, Zazzle, Vimeo, and Online Classes)

To get the 30% off discount code, however, we’ve got a little puzzle for you to solve. No worries, though. It’s EASY.

Clues for the 30% off code

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 The 2016 Brave Writer Holiday Shoppe

Poetry Teatime Gilgamesh Tea Blend
*NEW* Poetry Teatime Custom Blend: Gilgamesh Herbal Tea

Named for the oldest written poem in human history, “Gilgamesh” is a fruit and herbal blend with a warm spice flavor profile that is slightly sweet. It’s perfect for children just learning to enjoy a cup of tea with hints of the season: apple, cinnamon, and pomegranate.

Each tin contains enough loose tea for about 15 cups. If you don’t use a teapot and diffuser, no worries: we’re including a package of paper filter tea bags with each tin.


Brave writer Hashtag Shirts*NEW* Brave Writer T-Shirts

Brave Schoolers know ‘em and love ‘em: Brave Writer hashtags! It seemed impossible to choose just one, so we didn’t! The Brave Writer #tshirts are now available in black or white, short or long sleeved, hoodies, and more! Check out the variety of necklines too!

(The shirts are only available through Zazzle, so the discount code does not apply.)


The Homeschool Alliance Gift Card 2016*NEW* Homeschool Alliance Gift Card

Shopping for your homeschooling friends, but not sure what to give them? Give them the gift of choice with a Brave Writer Homeschool Alliance gift card!

Gift cards are delivered by email and contain instructions to redeem them at checkout. Our gift cards have no additional processing fees.


A Gracious Space: WinterA Gracious Space: Winter

A Gracious Space: Winter Edition gives you brand new readings for the next leg of your year’s homeschool journey. Daily readings are provided to give you support and encouragement in your homeschool adventure. These 50 non-sectarian essays are designed to offer you new ways to think about homeschooling, comfort for when you run up against your limitations, and energy for tackling your highest aspirations!

(The Digital Kindle Version is eligible for the 30% off discount. The paperback book is available at regular price on Amazon.)


Nurturing Brave Writer Families DVD SetNurturing Brave Writer Families DVD Set

Brave Writer’s core teachings about writing and home education are now available as professionally produced DVDs!

These five discs, filmed at the “Nurturing Brave Writers Retreat” in Cincinnati, explore how to create a nurturing relationship with your reluctant writers, the importance of partnering with students for their writing and academic growth, the elements of the Brave Writer Lifestyle, how to create a homeschool that matches the one you wish you had, and the essentials necessary for high school writing and college preparation.


Poetry Teatime CompanionPoetry Teatime Companion:
A Brave Writer Sampler of British and American Poems

Poems for the whole family! Available in a paperback print edition, this illustrated, full-color volume of poems hand-picked by Brave Writer is organized by season and theme. The Poetry Teatime Companion presents 52 poems by 52 poets, to cover a full year of Poetry Teatimes. Includes brief biographies, questions to think about, and a few activities to try.

(The Poetry Teatime Companion is only available through Amazon, so the discount code does not apply.)


Poetry Teatime Tea CoziesTea Cozies

Table Magic for Poetry Teatime Spice up your spread! Brave Writer’s limited edition Poetry Teatime tea cozy will swaddle your teapot so you can linger over poetry and conversation without fearing a lukewarm refill.


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