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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.
Listen now!

February in the Alliance: A Deep Dive into the History of the English Language

Homeschool Alliance in February: History of the English Language

Join us in the Homeschool Alliance as we take a Deep Dive into the History of the English Language!

Rita Cevasco (of Rooted in Language) will join us for a live webinar looking at how an understanding of the English language transforms children’s experiences of reading, writing, and literature! She’ll be on hand to address your children with special needs as well.​

We are excited to say that the launch of the newly redesigned Alliance in January exceeded our wildest expectations! We are completely blown away by the heartfelt sharing, the insightful explorations and, most of all, by the love and support offered by our members.

The Alliance is a fantastic way to grow as a home educator in all the ways you really care about—deeper engagement with learning, membership in a community of like-hearted home educators, and meaningful material to read.


Special Offer ENDS January 31!

The great deal on the Homeschool Alliance is almost over (January 31 at midnight ET).

—> Take a look now! See what the Alliance is, before you sign up!

In January, we’re offering you the best deal to join: only $20.00/mth.

  • Free trial for 7 days (no charge until you’ve spent a week with us)
  • No contract (start and stop any time!)
  • Free self-care emails for an entire year!

This is the lowest price we’ll offer ever. Sign up now and you’ll lock it in. The price goes up to $25.00/mth in February.

You can also join for $199/year if you prefer!

  • Free trial for 14 days 
  • No contract
  • Free self-care emails for an entire year!

Take a closer look at what the Alliance has to offer! Join any time and leave any time. What have you got to lose?


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A New Alliance for a New Year

A new Homeschool Alliance for the new year!

The Homeschool Alliance is All New in 2018!

While you’ve been busy homeschooling your kids, we’ve been busy redesigning the entire platform for the Homeschool Alliance—and it is GORGEOUS!

We’re moving the Alliance onto the Brave Writer website AND it will be streamlined for ease of use, conversation, and study.

→ Go take a peek right now!

Here’s what you can look forward to:

  • One discussion board for all our conversations (easy to navigate)
  • A stocked library of amazing teachings (video, audio, readings) ranging from personal enrichment to the science of learning to family life (and more!—over two years’ worth of monthly courses)
  • A year of self care support emails whether you join for a month or all twelve
  • Monthly webinars with Julie, Stephanie, and Jeanne (the coaches!) with an easy to find LIVE button to make participating in the webinars as simple as a click of the mouse!
  • An archive of homeschool enrichment activities plus brand new activities every month!
  • Julie’s Coaching Notebook (Free downloads worth $50 to help you homeschool with power!)
  • Personal attention for your struggles, questions, and needs in Community Coaching by our members and official coaching staff (Stephanie and Jeanne—veteran homeschoolers with over 50 years combined experience as homeschool mothers and leaders)

The Homeschool Alliance

In other words: the awesome is on its way to you!

Enrollment will open on January 1, 2018 with a special offer for those who jump in as we launch the new site (reduced prices through January 31).

I’ll be sharing a lot more via Facebook LIVE and Instagram LIVE (be sure to follow for notifications).

If you are a current Alliance member, there is a new post in the Master Class all about the transition just for you!


January’s Theme: Rediscover a Love of Learning

Join us as we explore how to cultivate a love of learning in your family as you round the bend into the new year! We’ll look at some of the principles found in the Finnish approach to education, and we’ll discuss how to create a home context for your kids to find and own their passions!

We’ve got a webinar planned as well as an audio lecture to be released later in the month, and several readings. Can’t wait to help you GROW as a home educator.

Seriously excited about the future of the Homeschool Alliance!

December in the Alliance

December in the Homeschool Alliance is all about the Gift of Acceptance

“For after all, the best thing one can do when it is raining is let it rain.”
― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

What better gift can you give yourself than the Gift of Acceptance? Join us in the Homeschool Alliance for December where we will explore the idea of acceptance and how it can affect our children, ourselves and our homeschools.

Let us hold space for you during this busy holiday season when it is most needed!

We’ll delve into questions such as:

  • What does acceptance mean to you?
  • How do our expectations of ourselves and of our kids affect our experience of what is happening in our homeschools?
  • How can we learn to let go and trust the process in all its messiness and uncertainty?

What you can expect:

  • Live webinar discussion with Julie, Stephanie and Jeanne
  • Readings and conversations that get you thinking
  • One Thing Challenge with creative ideas for how to add music into your homeschool
  • Weekly self-care reminders (because you count too!)
  • A welcoming and supportive community

Join us in December!

You can join anytime and leave anytime. Let us support you as we hash out parenting, learning, and living this lifestyle we call homeschooling.


BIG Changes are Coming!

Expect some exciting changes to The Homeschool Alliance this January as we unveil a completely redesigned space! A New Alliance for the New Year!

More on that to come…