Friday Freewrite: Before and After

Friday Freewrite: Before and After

See the scene above? Write what happened before it then write what happened after (for instance, did they get in trouble or not?). Don’t include the pictured part in your tale. Leave that to your readers’ imaginations!

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A Wobbly Start

A Wobbly Start

My exchange with Brave Writer mom, Jenny:

Hi Julie!

I’ll try and make this quick because I know you get so many questions like this. In fact, I’ll bullet point this email. 😉

We are going to have a wobbly start to our homeschool year this year. We lost our fifth babe just over a week ago at 27 weeks after finding out at 20 weeks that this was most likely going to be the case. SO, it’s been quite an emotionally trying summer and it will be a tricky start to a new year of school.

Yes! My goodness. Please take your time. Feather in the subjects. Do one a day for a while. Just allow yourselves to grieve and heal.

Our kiddos are 9,9, 4 (almost 5), and 3. Up to now for [Language Arts] we have done rich read alouds, Explode the Code, and some narration. My 9 year ago old boy loves to write and is constantly writing lists, notes, comic books (that his twin illustrates), and short stories. He seems to be picking up spelling just through his own reading and ETC. My 9 year old daughter struggles with writing. She is an artist and free spirit. Since we have been consistent with poetry tea time, she HAS been writing poetry, which I love seeing but she does have to ask how almost every word is spelled. She reads tons, but it’s all about the story and she doesn’t seem to at all notice spelling, and ETC doesn’t seem to seep in either.

You want to help her with copywork and dictation practice. This will help, over time. Don’t expect over night changes. Invest and allow time and practice to bring growth.

SO, all this to say, [Brave Writer] has been such an encouragement to our family through your talks, poetry tea time and the Alliance (though I’m terrible about getting on there), and I’m ready to jump in to [Language Arts], Brave Writer style. I’ve purchased a set of Arrows, Partnership Writing (for the 9 year olds) , and Jot it Down (to possibly begin with the 5 year old). My question is, I know I should start simple. In this case, what do you recommend? Just the Arrows? Maybe the Arrows plus Partnership Writing for my son? Sigh. I’m super phlegmatic and I’m afraid if I don’t have things lined up, we won’t do any of it! Anyway, any input you have would be great!

I think starting with the one that seems easiest and happiest is the way to go. Then check in with yourself again in one or two months and add the next one. These are great choices, but feel free to go slowly!

So much for the short bullet points! 😉

Thanks for being you and sharing yourself with all of us! I’m currently having a couple of days of rest with just my husband and I’m catching up on some periscopes and things I’ve missed and he was like, “Boy, you sure are obsessing over Julie Bogart or Cheryl Mason or whoever that is!” I was like, “First of all, I’ve been talking to you about Charlotte Mason for 9 years now, and you still don’t have her name right and you think she’s alive doing a periscope?!” Hehe

That’s hilarious!! “Cheryl Mason” is going to be my new nom de plume. 🙂

But also, he’s got it right that “Cheryl Mason” and Julie Bogart are my educational philosophy/ homeschool gurus!

Yes! Perfect.

Jenny, hugs. Don’t under estimate how big a toll a loss like this takes. Your kids are young. If you did nothing for a while, you’d still be fine.

Much much love to you all.


Raising Resilient Children

Raising Resilient Children

“A good half of the art of living is resilience.”
― Alain de Botton

It’s not too late to join us in The Homeschool Alliance for March’s topic: Raising Resilient Children. The monthly webinar, for Alliance members, will be Tuesday, March 21, 2017.

What is resilience? In a nutshell, resilience is the capacity to “cope and feel competent.”

Resiliency is reflected in how our child manages when presented with a challenge, in how easily they bounce back from disappointments and in how they learn to relate comfortably to others and to treat themselves and others with respect.

A key factor in the development of resiliency is having at least one stable and committed relationship with a supportive parent, caregiver, or other adult. So we parents can and do make a difference!

Join us in The Homeschool Alliance this month as we talk about resiliency and learn how we can create an environment where our children can learn what they need to approach their lives with confidence.

The Homeschool Alliance

Overcoming Challenges & Charlotte Mason – with Nadine Dyer

Brave Writer Podcast: Nadine Dyer

Braveschoolers, it’s true. Nadine Dyer, friend of Brave Writer, has broken up with our dear Charlotte. The horror! I urge you to tune in to Episode 5 of the podcast to find out why.

Nadine shares great stories of how she and her son overcame his resistance to math, how she’s applied the insights of poetry teatime to other areas of her homeschool, and more. Be sure to listen!

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Friday Freewrite: Shipwrecked

Friday Freewrite: Shipwrecked

Write a fictional story starring you and your family! Imagine you’re shipwrecked on a deserted island. Highlighting your unique personalities, show how each might deal with the situation.

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