For years, I’ve received emails and phone calls with a common request:
Where is the Brave Writer for math?
Today, I can finally give them an answer! Natural Math is a program designed by a passionate home educating mathematician: Maria Droujkova. She immerses kids in the properties of math, helps them develop a “math-rich lifestyle” (sound familiar!?), and then releases them to become math proficients!
Maria and I are teaming up to introduce you to her strategies and to use poetry to showcase what your kids learn. We’re holding a two part webinar for 50 lucky families. Kids are welcome and expected to participate!
Mathematics & Poetry for All
What: An online workshop where participants learn to write math-rich poems.
Why: Learn practical techniques for building beautiful word patterns that explore mathematical patterns.
Who: 50 parents, teachers, group leaders, and their children (ages 5 and up), with Dr. Maria Droujkova and Shelley Nash of Natural Math and Julie Bogart of Brave Writer as organizers.
When: Live meetings November 2nd and 9th at 4:00 PM EST (New York).
Where: Online video-talk software Zoom (similar to Skype).
Price: Registration is $49. Work-trade stipends are available upon request.
I will guide you chapter-by-chapter, step-by-step to help you implement The Writer’s Jungle to its maximum benefit. I’ll also give you additional insight and practices to enhance the uses you have already discovered for yourself.
You do not have to own The Writer’s Jungle to come to the webinar.
If you decide that you want to purchase The Writer’s Jungle at the end of the webinar, you will have an opportunity to do so. We will also provide you with a discount code to use on any product from Brave Writer for those who stay to the end of the webinar.
Replay will be limited to registered guests and only available for 24 hours. Discounts available for guests of the live webinar (not replay).
We only have room for a limited number of participants (and spots are already filling up!). Register and join the webinar on time in order to “get in the room.”
What is being learned, exactly, when your kids walk with you on a trail in the woods?
What’s educational about visiting Disneyland or the zoo with an annual pass?
Is there educational benefit to meandering through a farmer’s market or picnicking by a pond?
I remember days of enchantment. There was the afternoon my girls made fairies out of fabric and pipe cleaners. They created little houses out of leaves and sticks, and then planted the fairies in their homes in the nooks and crannies of tree branches and bushes.
Our little homeschool brood took trips to the art museum so frequently, each child had a favorite painting. The quiet, the color, the high ceilings, the Chihuly chandelier, the post cards in the gift shop… magical.
In those outings and experiences, time moved molasses slow, deliberately, peacefully (for the most part), with pleasure and focus.
And yet…were these outings, these experiences ‘educational’?
I’m certainly not the first home educator to strip an event of magic through ‘adding information.’
Fairies? Here’s a book about the history of fairies. The act of making little houses isn’t enough. We need information to legitimize the craft. Let’s read, narrate, and discuss fairies, and then write about it.
The woods? Shouldn’t we pluck wild flowers (by name) or make bark tracings or compare birds to a field guide? We walk quietly, together. Is pleasure and fresh air enough? Surely not! Here—use these binoculars, draw this tree, note the temperature in your notebook.
Sometimes the most sacred moments in our days with our children
show no outward educational value.
We can’t quantify them. Books and records ruin the spirit—the shared purpose, invisible, intangible, yet felt by all.
The enchanted education.
Collect these moments like treasures.
Set them on a shelf in your heart—the time you all soaked your tennis shoes in the tide pools; the trip to the frozen yogurt stand that led to sitting side-by-side on a wall in the sunshine; the weekly visit to the zoo where the lions and tigers nearly became your family pets.
You can’t say or know what is being learned. You know it by heart, by feel, by love, by pleasure, by shared memory.
These little wisps of attentive focus without an intended program lay the rails for so much learning that is by the book. It’s just that you won’t always see the correlation—because this is a work happening on the interior, person by person, connection to connection, created through peace.
The threads of happiness and opportunity, creativity and exposure in outings and long stretches of focused attention forge connections, invisible to you. Education results.
The Enchanted Education. Trust it.
For more about an Enchanted Education, watch this broadcast:
I’m speaking about Poetry Teatimes on September 21 at this free online summit!
Poetry + tea + treats = a rich excursion into language and joy for your homeschool. Ease into the school year with celebration and exploration. Find out why an appreciation and enjoyment of poetry creates great writers and readers. Learn about how to make your homeschool more about home than school. Poetry Teatimes are the hottest new homeschool practice, and you can join the movement!
Sign up and receive your ticket. It includes FREE:
Replay for 24 hours
August 3 – August 28 The WHOLE family ONE tuition: $199.00
Break into writing this year the easy way: popcorn and chatting about movies.
FINDING NEMO (2003, G), directed by Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich. A tiny clownfish sets out on a big journey to find his son.
CHICKEN RUN (2000, G), directed by Peter Lord and Nick Park. An escape adventure set on a chicken farm in 1950s England.
A CAT IN PARIS (2010, PG), directed by Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagnol. A Parisian cat with a nocturnal life as a cat burglar’s aide is called to heroism when the girl he lives with is endangered.
FANTASTIC MR. FOX (2009, PG), directed by Wes Anderson. Mr. Fox really is fantastic, but he can’t help raiding the local farmers’ larders, which leads to a high-spirited adventure.
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