Brave Writer Podcast: The Complete Season Four

Brave Writer Podcast Complete S4

Season four of the Brave Writer Podcast is over, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop there!

Did you miss an episode from the fourth season of the Brave Writer Podcast? Did you want to listen to an episode again? Not to worry, we’ve got you covered! Here are the episodes from season four of the podcast in one convenient place so that you can listen (or re-listen) to them whenever you want.

S4E01: Morning Routines that Support Your Homeschool & Family

S4E02: 55 Things I Did NOT Do as a Homeschooler

S4E03: 61 Things I Did RIGHT in My Homeschool

S4E04: Diversity, Inclusion, & Literature ׀ Interview with Charnaie Gordon

S4E05: Natural Stages of Growth as a Home Educator

S4E06: The Scourge of Perfectionism

S4E07: Adding Adventure, Community, & Collaboration to Your Homeschool ׀ Interview with Dachelle McVey

S4E08: Back to Homeschool

S4E09: Integrating Cultural & Language Learning in Your Homeschool ׀ Interview with Anne Guarnera

S4E10: The Split Between Structured & Unstructured Learning

S4E11: Developing Cultural Literacy & Empathy Through Books ׀ Interview with Sarita Holzmann of Sonlight

S4E12: Being an Awesome Adult & Living Your Most Fulfilling Life

S4E13: The Ages & Stages of Awesome Adulthood

S4E14: Permission to Party School

S4E15: Brain-Based Learning Part 1

S4E16: Brain-Based Learning Part 2

S4E17: No Silver Bullet

S4E18: Family Dynamics in Your Homeschool: Roles Your Kids Play

S4E19: Partnership Home Education

S4E20: Are you one big happy family? Homeschool advice for the frazzled!

S4E21: Exploring Learning Differences

S4E22: Top 10 Things to Have Done by the End of High School

S4E23: Unschool Undefined, and Other Home Ed Philosophies

S4E24: Learning How to Learn ׀ Interview with Barbara Oakley, PhD

S4E25: Break the Cycle of Homeschool Despair: Don’t Let “What If” Get You Off Track

S4E26: A Modern Miss Mason ׀ Interview with Leah Boden

S4E27: 6 Writing Myths Busted

S4E28: How to Be Your Child’s Partner in Writing

S4E29: Making Money as a Mom and Homeschooler

S4E30: Homeschooling High School: Real Talk about Teens, Writing, Wonder, and Weirdness

S4E31: The Same Page ׀ Interview with MacKenzie Koppa

Can’t wait for the next season of the Brave Writer Podcast? Well, you won’t have to wait very long! Season five is titled Ask Julie and it’ll be rolling out in early November, so keep an ear out.

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Friday Freewrite: Museum

Friday Freewrite Museum

Write about your favorite trip to a museum and why you enjoyed it so much.

New to freewriting? Check out our online guide.

Brave Writer Lifestyle: Freewriting

Brave Writer Lifestyle: Freewriting

This month’s Brave Writer Lifestyle focus is: Freewriting.

The center of a writing life is the ability to freely transcribe your thoughts into written language. One practice Brave Writer teaches is called Freewriting. You can read about how to conduct a freewrite at the link above.

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2018 Themes

January: Read Aloud
February: TV & Film
March: Big, Juicy Conversations
April: Poetry Teatime
May: Art Appreciation
June: Nature Journaling
July: One on One Time
August: Language Games
September: Copywork
October: Freewriting
November: Shakespeare
December: Celebrate!

Have questions about freewriting?

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Preptober: Get Ready for NaNoWriMo!

2018 NaNoWriMo Preptober

Hello, October! A fresh new month full of costumes, candy collection, pumpkin products galore and, perhaps most importantly, Preptober!

Preptober is the name for the month before NaNoWriMo, which stands for National Novel Writing Month. Writers from all over the world plan to write their own novel during the 30 days of November. October is the official novel prep month–if you’re a planner. If you’re a pantser, well, we’ll get to you momentarily!

Before you learn more about Preptober, hop on over to NaNoWriMo’s Young Writers Program website and join the NaNoWriMo for Brave Writers Classroom where we’ll share writing tips and inspiration throughout October and November… and even give away some fun NaNoWriMo swag (details below)!

To Join the NaNoWriMo for Brave Writers Classroom:

  • Visit the Young Writers Program and sign up for an account.
  • You will be prompted to join a classroom by entering a code. Our classroom code* is: KLLAELZP
  • Our classroom name is NaNoWriMo for Brave Writers!

*If you already have a YWP account you will join by logging in, clicking on “Dashboard,” and selecting “Join a Classroom.” When in doubt, look for the friendly Viking!

The classroom is private and is only viewed by other members of the Young Writers Program. It is also monitored regularly by NaNoWriMo staff.

We have created our own online classroom where Brave Writers can connect. Brave Writer staff will occasionally check this classroom, but please keep in mind we will not be reading students’ novels, assigning any grades, or determining word count goals. We will check in to see how everyone is doing and provide plenty of cheerleading!

Are You a Planner or a Pantser?

“Planners” like to–you guessed it–PLAN! They like everything about the process leading up to the main event. Planners take comfort in having their novel idea as fleshed-out as possible before November 1st rolls around.

“Pantsers” like to write-by-the-seat-of-their-pants. They find a thrill in sitting down to a blank page on November 1st and creating a novel as it unfolds naturally.

Planners vs. Pantsers is NaNoWriMo’s Great Debate! Which style do you identify with?

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Preptober Resources

Books About Writing 



Junior High

High School

We like awesome hashtags (and we cannot lie) and we would love for you to use ours: #BraveWrimos. Take us along for your NaNoWriMo ride, whether you’re posting about where you’re writing, taking a photo of your writing snacks or venting about how hard it is to write a NOVEL IN ONE MONTH–we want to know about it!

Snap away and hashtag #BraveWrimos. It will make our Brave Writer hearts happy.

Determine Your Word-Count Goal
Completing your word count is ultimately how you win NaNoWriMo, so take plenty of time choosing a goal that stretches you without breaking you! Here are NaNoWriMo’s suggested word-count goals by grade level:

NaNoWriMo suggested word count goals

Free Novelist Workbooks
NaNoWriMo’s Young Writers Program offers free Novelist Workbooks tailored to High School, Middle School, and Elementary School writers.

Free Printables
E.A. Deverell has a planning plethora of free NaNoWrimo downloads! Her NaNoWriMo Preptober Schedule is particularly helpful.

Getting Started
Still not sure where to begin? Find out more about getting started, and how NaNoWriMo works for writers.

NaNoWriMo for Brave Writers

Classroom Code: KLLAELZP

Enter for the Chance to Win NaNoWriMo Swag!

NaNoWriMo Swag Giveaway

The swag giveaway runs October 1 – 8, 2018. GIVEAWAY CLOSED.

The Prizes:

  • Bookmarks from Brave Writer & The Young Writers Program
  • Brave Writer Pens
  • YWP “Hold on, I’m Writing a Novel!” Pencils
  • “Imagination Activated” NaNoWriMo Pins
  • Stickers from Brave Writer & NaNoWriMo (great for decorating notebooks!)
  • NaNoWriMo’s “Triumphant Chart of Noveling Progress” Poster
  • A Writer’s Emergency Pack of Idea Cards

One Grand Prize Winner will also receive:

  • “No Plot? No Problem! A Low-Stress, High-Velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days” by Chris Baty, founder of NaNoWriMo
  • The 2018 “NaNoWriMo is…” Poster


Brave Writer Podcast: The Same Page with MacKenzie Koppa

Brave Writer Podcast with MacKenzie Koppa

MacKenzie Koppa is a homeschooling mother, creator of the Cultivating the Lovely community, and a voice-over actor! She’s built an amazing podcast for families called The Same Page. Her idea? Give five minutes a day to this podcast to cover essentials in your child’s education as a family. She’s got great energy and passion for children and learning.

I hope you’ll tune in.

This is the last episode of Season 4 of the podcast. We’re taking a little hiatus in October while we prepare Season 5 for you (called “Ask Julie”). All new content! Coming soon in November. Can’t wait!

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Getting on the Same Page

MacKenzie’s podcast, The Same Page, is practically designed with Brave Writer families in mind. The core of each episode is memory work encompassing poetry, Shakespeare, historical facts, and scripture.

So in five minutes or less, you can get a spoonful of great literature and, over the course of multiple episodes, you and your family can memorize them while enjoying a shared experience.

MacKenzie recently had to break up with homeschooling, and it was heartbreaking but she still wanted to provide this information for her children. So she actually first created the podcast so that her own family could listen to it in the car on the way to school.

“But then I realized if I need this resource that there’s probably a lot of other moms who would like it as well… and then I realized I could have really used that when I was a homeschool mom, too!”

And these little bite-sized chunks of literature really can fit into almost any family’s lifestyle, whether you want a fun break between lessons, you travel frequently, or you just love exposing yourself to more literature.

In addition to these core episodes, MacKenzie and her family are also working through classic children’s novels chapter by chapter. They are currently working through The Wizard of Oz, and you can find a new chapter on the feed four days a week.

Beyond being a great tool for education, the main goal of the podcast is actually allowing families to foster deeper relationships through shared experience.

So go forth, learn, and share!

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