Friday Freewrite: Caterpillar

Friday Freewrite

Write from the perspective of a caterpillar who does NOT want to become a butterfly.

New to freewriting? Check out our online guide.

A Free Webinar like No Other!

Take a Brave Writer Class and Get Free Training

We’ve heard you loud and clear. 

You want MORE coaching and we’re here for it!

Sign up for an online class by Sunday, August 25 at midnight ET, and be treated to a FREE webinar with me (Julie Bogart) and the awesome Kirsten Merryman (Director of Online Classes).

Also applies to anyone who has already signed up for a class.

Serious about training

At Brave Writer, we want you to get the maximum bang for your buck.

This webinar is designed to train YOU how to have the richest, best online class experience with your kids, and then how to use what you learn there going forward in your homeschool.


  • how to prepare before class begins
  • how to partner with your child for success
  • how to produce great writing after class using the class resources
  • how to support kids with learning challenges (reading, organization, processing)
  • how to translate the class activities into high quality records and transcripts

Save the date to attend the webinar live: August 26 at 4 PM ET. (A replay will be available for those who can’t make it live.)

Here’s how it works:

1. Register for a class at by Sunday, August 25 at midnight ET.
2. Your registration confirmation email will contain a link to sign up for the webinar.
3. Click on the webinar link and register for the webinar. 
4. Once we’ve verified your class registration, we’ll send you a link to join the webinar on August 26.

If you’ve already registered for a class in our Summer/Fall session, you’ll receive a separate email inviting you to register for the webinar.

You must register for a class by August 25, 2019 to take advantage of the webinar, so don’t delay!

Classes for your whole family

Brave Writer offers a slew of classes for every age bracket. We’ve got something for everyone. Take a look at our selection of classes and sign up early to lock in your seats. 

If you know which classes you want, register now! I can’t stress that enough. I hate to tell you that a class you counted on is no longer available.

Enjoy the Peace

Enjoy the Peace

That peace you hear? That’s the sound of your life working. ~Susan Elliott

Years ago, I read this pair of lines by blogger Susan Elliott that knocked me sideways. I paused to consider a new idea.

Did I need chaos, activity, crisis, a problem to solve to feel productive or alive?

What did I experience in moments of peace? Did I welcome the calm as a sign of health or as the eerie stillness before the next storm?

Did I see struggle as a sign of learning?

Did I see ease as a shortcut, cheating, evidence of not trying or too beginner—not challenging enough?

I noticed that with an active household and a challenging marriage, sometimes when the stars aligned and we had a moment of serenity, I’d feel agitated. It’s like I’d be on the hunt for something to fix or a problem to solve or a new challenge to tackle. Instantly struggle returned and I’d be back to striving rather than enjoying.

I took this watchword, then, and said it to myself on the mornings when the kids were happily busy. Why wreck it by pulling out the math books? Enjoy the peace! My life was working!

I said it to myself when I had a blank date on the calendar. I could leave it empty. I could relish the peace.

I said it to myself when there were extra dollars at the end of a month. I could leave them there and enjoy simple abundance, rather than rushing to spend them yet again.

I said it to myself when I successfully took time away from home and no one missed me. I could realize I’d done a good job of preparing them for successful living without dependency.

You try! What signs of peace could you relish rather than rushing to fill the quiet calm with activity and stress?

This post is originally from Instagram and @juliebravewriter is my account there so come follow along for more conversations like this one!

The Homeschool Alliance

Friday Freewrite: Living Out of a Suitcase

Have you heard the phrase “living out of a suitcase”? What would it be like to actually live in the place pictured above (a home with a yard and pond in an open suitcase)? Write about it.

New to freewriting? Check out our online guide.

Online Movie Club: Marvelous Musicals

Get your dancing shoes on!

I’ve been tapping my toes ever since we made these selections for our Movie Discussion Club: Marvelous MUSICALS!

Musical numbers model writing power! 

  • The poetry of the lyrics.
  • The narrative.
  • The playful way that songs create new dynamics between characters. 

These are a few of my favorite things.

Students get to amp their cultural literacy, visit a time and place far from their own—oh, and we get them to WRITE.

There’s a place for us.

Whether your kids are fans of metal, country, or rap, there’s something unifying about the power, the DRAMA, the appeal of a good musical. Instant investment!

One more day. Another day, another destiny.

We’ve got your summer playlist all lined up! Your kids will be learning while they are humming. And you’ll be singing along!

No, no, no, no, no way I’m livin’ without you…

Have you figured out which musicals we’re doing? 

The Sound of Music (1965) A woman leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the children of a naval officer widower.

Les Misérables (2012) In 19th-century France, Jean Valjean (who, after breaking parole, is hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert) agrees to care for a factory worker’s daughter. The decision changes their lives forever.

West Side Story (1961) Two youngsters from rival New York City gangs fall in love, but can love flourish in the midst of intense friction between the warring Jets and Sharks?

Dreamgirls (2006) A trio of black female soul singers cross over to the pop charts in the early 1960s, facing their own personal struggles along the way.

What students say:

I love the way it doesn’t feel like writing, even though it is!  – Brian

I was surprised that we dug so deep! At first I just took this class to have an excuse to watch more [movies] but then I started to really enjoy it. – Sarah

I knew I would enjoy watching the movies in this class, but I didn’t know how much I would enjoy writing about them and sharing my thoughts.  – Mark

Lay ee odl lay ee odl lay hee hoo… Secure your spot in this fun class and be prepared to sing your way into September and the start of a new school year!

Class starts Monday, August 5, 2019.


Brave Writer Movie Discussion Club