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July in the Homeschool Alliance: The Big Bonanza Planning Month

July 2018 Alliance Planning Month + FREE trial

Every July in the Homeschool Alliance, we dive head-first into planning your next year’s homeschool. Here’s what’s awesome: we do it in a way you’ve never considered. We start with the

  • personalities,
  • interests,
  • and strengths of your family (you and your kids).

We add in the subjects and how to address them once we’ve got a grasp of your young charges. July also features weekly webinars where Julie and coaches, Stephanie and Jeanne, troubleshoot with you. Promise: it’s awesome!

We’d love to have you! Join us!


Take a look at what the Alliance has to offer with our 7-Day FREE Trial! Join any time and leave any time. What have you got to lose?

All the good stuff will be open to you. Think of it as your best online resource for everything you need to feel good about the home education you are providing to your kids.

We offer so many tools to help you:

  • Monthly webinars
  • Free digital copies of Julie’s books (A Gracious Space)
  • A library of resources to educate you about parenting, school subjects, family dynamics, and extracurricular activities
  • Julie’s coaching tools to help you evaluate this year and plan next year
  • A discussion board to meet other homeschool alliance members and to receive coaching

…and so much more!

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June in the Homeschool Alliance: Building Friends and Community

June in the Alliance 2018

Not everyone has access to a great co-op or a city filled with active homeschoolers. Even if you do, sometimes it’s difficult to find “your people”—the ones who “get” you, who homeschool in a similar way, who share your values and dreams.

One of the reasons I started The Homeschool Alliance was to create a community of that kind—we want you to find your people here, with us. Not only that, we want to help you connect to those friends in a deeper, more personal way.

This month, Mary Wilson (Brave Writer Party Schooler and Book Club Instructor) will join us to discuss ways to develop close homeschooling friends who will walk the journey with you. Jeanne, Stephanie, Mary, and I will share what has worked for us over the years, we’ll talk about the in-person meet-up we have planned in 2019, and we’ll help you find each other in the Alliance itself.

Sign up for a FREE 7 or 14 day trial—see if we are a good fit for you, before plunking down your hard-earned cash.

The Alliance is hosting two webinars in June.

  • Tuesday, June 5, 2018 7:00 PM (The Self-Driven Child—May’s reading was so good, we’re doing a second webinar!)
  • Tuesday, June 19, 2018 7:00 PM (Building Homeschool Friends and Community)

We’d love to see you there!


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May in the Alliance: The Self-Driven Child

Self-Dirven Child May in the Alliance 2018

There’s a fantasy child in every parent’s imagination: the motivated independent learner who has various interests in addition to a passion for trigonometry and expository essays! Independence, however, is not always the best objective for our kids. What we are looking for is not the independent completion of assigned work dutifully performed but with little passion.

We want kids who are motivated—self-driven. This month in the Homeschool Alliance we’ll turn our attention to research that helps us understand what it takes to create conditions for motivation to grow. We’ll look at your role as parent and your child’s growth and development.

The Homeschool Alliance is hosting a webinar on Tuesday, May 22 at 7:00 PM ET to discuss this topic with you!

We’d love to have you!

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April in the Homeschool Alliance: Poetry

April in the Homeschool Alliance

Your kids get to join us in the Alliance for our Poetry Workshop in April!

Amy Ludwig VanDerwater is a children’s poet who has become quite a friend to Brave Writer and me. She’s excited to share with you all in April about how poems are teachers to help you get more comfortable using poetry in your homeschool and encouraging your kids to write it!

Amy is especially delightful (truly a homeschooler in disguise). She and her husband live on huge acreage and spend copious amounts of time in nature, taking notes, observing, and sketching. A kindred spirit in so many ways (check out our Poetry Teatime interview and podcast with Amy)!


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Amy Ludwig VanDerwater’s bookEvery Day Birds, is my personal favorite, but I also love her newly released: Dreaming of You. Amy is sharing with us a reading from her book Poems are Teachers as well.

The Alliance is hosting a webinar with Amy on Thursday, April 5 at 7:00 PM EST.

If you’re a member of the Homeschool Alliance, you’ll automatically be able to join us. We’ll also post the replay if you can’t make it live.

You’ll also have access to all the previous webinars of the last three years (Just sayin’—Josh MacNeill of Neurologic was last month and he gives you the keys to the kingdom for how to help your kids to Just Calm Down and Focus!).

What have you got to lose? Join us!


One more fun thing!

Our Brave Writer staff is putting together a list of favorite poems just for YOU (the list is amazing!). We’ll be discussing poetry all month and I promise to lower the bar so you’ll experience success.

If poetry is the teensiest bit intimidating for you, or you just plain HATE it, this is the right month to try the Alliance.

Can’t wait to meet you!

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The Alliance in March: Brain Breaks

March in the Homeschool Alliance: Brain Breaks

Ever wonder how a bottle of bubbles could rescue a day of rambunctious antics from your kids?

Keep reading! I’m telling you—

If you are not yet a member of The Homeschool Alliance, you don’t want to miss this month! I would have given my eye teeth and a couple of cute tea cups to have this information when I was raising my son with ADHD. I couldn’t be more pumped about March’s theme in the Alliance.

I’ve invited Josh MacNeill of Neurologic Initiative to help us understand how to increase the attention span in our children through his unique exercises that give our children’s brains “breaks.” He helps victims of trauma, kids who have explosive disorders, and garden variety squirrely bunchkins who just need a little break to re-enter learning with focused attention. He’s knowledgeable, passionate, and his ideas are so much fun (I’ve been using them on myself!).

The Alliance is hosting a webinar with Josh on March 8 at 6:00 PM EST. If you’re a member of the Alliance, you’ll automatically be able to join us. We’ll also post the replay if you can’t make it live. You’ll leave the session armed with easy-to-implement ideas.

Brain Breaks


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If you aren’t a member yet, join us! The good news? It’s risk-free! Sign up and get a 7-Day Free Trial! During our webinar times, you may submit questions about your family. Josh will tackle any and all challenges: from learning disabilities, to kids who are defiant and angry, to what to do with toddlers, middlers, and teens.

You can also pick up a copy of Josh’s book, 101 Brain Breaks & Educational Activities, here on Amazon.

Hope to see you there!


I did a podcast with Josh in February.
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