Friday Freewrite: Transportation

Friday Freewrite

What is your favorite way of getting somewhere? Explain your answer.

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The Natural Stages of Growth as a Home Educator

The Natural Stages of a Home Educator

What does it mean to be a home educator? In the recorded broadcast below we discuss the natural stages of the homeschooling parent. In a nutshell they are:

  1. Jumping In
  2. Playing School
  3. Following the “Method”
  4. Swapping Curriculum
  5. Trusting Yourself
  6. The “Re-Upping” Moment
  7. Us-Schooling

Remember, this is all fluid. These are just my observations of working with thousands of families. You may or may not comport with all of them.

But the takeaway: It’s totally worth it!

Learn more about the “Re-Upping Moment”


Brave Writer’s Holiday Gift Shoppe!

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

PLUS

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.

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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.

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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.)

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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.

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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.)

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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.

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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.)

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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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What to say when asked about “socialization”

Homeschooling and Socialization

Ways you might respond to questions about homeschooling and socialization:

Homeschooling really is different than traditional school. I totally get why you have those questions. I had to do a lot of research before I felt comfortable with it myself. And I’m still learning.

OR

Yeah, that’s a great question. I get it a lot. I’m still figuring it out. But I take heart that homeschooling has been around now for 50 years and lots of those kids are grown. Seems like they’re doing all right as adults.

OR

You can share what you do too. I used to give a day in the life to questions like “What do you use for…?” I had a bunch of public school moms as running partners and they asked lots of questions. So one run I just told them a typical day in our lives. By the end, they were all saying, “That’s so cool. I don’t know if I could ever do that. Sounds really fun.”

Like that.

Need more encouragement? Check out these posts:

Is it confusing? Is it difficult? Are you worried?

The cumulative effects are good (aka: it all works out in the end)

What are they doing now: The Bogart Kids 2013

The Homeschool Alliance


Friday Freewrite: Who’s the turkey?

Friday Freewrite

List all the dishes that were prepared for Thanksgiving or whatever your last big meal was. Now pair a family member (based on personality) with each dish. Explain your choices.

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