December in the Alliance

December in the Homeschool Alliance is all about the Gift of Acceptance

“For after all, the best thing one can do when it is raining is let it rain.”
― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

What better gift can you give yourself than the Gift of Acceptance? Join us in the Homeschool Alliance for December where we will explore the idea of acceptance and how it can affect our children, ourselves and our homeschools.

Let us hold space for you during this busy holiday season when it is most needed!

We’ll delve into questions such as:

  • What does acceptance mean to you?
  • How do our expectations of ourselves and of our kids affect our experience of what is happening in our homeschools?
  • How can we learn to let go and trust the process in all its messiness and uncertainty?

What you can expect:

  • Live webinar discussion with Julie, Stephanie and Jeanne
  • Readings and conversations that get you thinking
  • One Thing Challenge with creative ideas for how to add music into your homeschool
  • Weekly self-care reminders (because you count too!)
  • A welcoming and supportive community

Join us in December!

You can join anytime and leave anytime. Let us support you as we hash out parenting, learning, and living this lifestyle we call homeschooling.


BIG Changes are Coming!

Expect some exciting changes to The Homeschool Alliance this January as we unveil a completely redesigned space! A New Alliance for the New Year!

More on that to come…


2017 Holiday Gift Shoppe + Cyber Monday SALE

Brave Writer's Holiday Shoppe

Today is Cyber Monday!

Take 30% OFF store purchases

Use this discount code:

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Your 30% off coupon code can be used on ALL Brave Writer products (not classes) for 24 hours starting today at 9:00 AM Eastern and ending at 9:00 AM Eastern Nov. 28, 2017.

Today is also the opening of our annual Holiday Shoppe! We’ve highlighted items that will be wonderful gifts for you or a friend. Note: some items are not compatible with our discount code but may be offered at a reduced price on sites such as Amazon, Zazzle, etc.

The Holiday Shoppe will be open until midnight Eastern Dec. 31, 2017.

Happy Shopping!


The 2017 Brave Writer Holiday Shoppe

Brave Writer 2018 BWL Calendar

*NEW* 2018 Brave Writer Calendar

Hang our beautiful new calendar on a wall and use it to record the Brave Writer Lifestyle moments you share with your kids. Each month, we feature a different aspect of the Brave Writer lifestyle in a big, cheery image.

This calendar is low-stress—it’s all about one thing at a time, one thing per month. By the end of the year, you will celebrate 12 months of having lived the Brave Writer Lifestyle!

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PLUS I’m going to accompany you on this Brave Writer Lifestyle journey all year on Instagram and via email (sign up here for free emails once per month): free resources and tips! Can’t wait for you to use it and to be a part of the journey with me!


Brave Writer Lifestyle Plan

Brave Writer Lifestyle Plan

Have you ever wished that someone would plug the Brave Writer Lifestyle Routine into your planner? Well I’ve done it for you! You can now use the Homeschool Planet planner and accompanying Brave Writer Lifestyle Plan to give you the gentle reminders to stay with your best intentions. Each week I’ve carefully put together the routine that includes read alouds, poetry teatime, video encouragement from me, nature journaling, movie viewing, copywork and dictation and more!

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Brave writer Hashtag ShirtsBrave 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!

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A Gracious Space series

A Gracious Space Series

Our three A Gracious Space books offer support and encouragement in your homeschool journey. These 50 non-sectarian essays give new ways to think about homeschooling, comfort for when you run up against your limitations, and energy for tackling your highest aspirations!

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Nurturing Brave Writer Families DVD SetNurturing Brave Writer Families Retreat Recordings

Brave Writer’s core teachings about writing and home education are now available as professionally produced Mp4s and DVDs!

These five lectures, 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.

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Brave Writer Products


How TeachThought is Innovating Education & Empowering Students with Terry Heick

Podcast S3E11 Terry Heick

The insights of homeschooling are transforming traditional education! You are on the cutting edge of that transformation.

Today, on the podcast, I have the distinct pleasure of introducing you to an impressive education innovator: Terry Heick. Terry runs the enormously popular website: TeachThought.com.

Hundreds of thousands of teachers follow Terry’s work where they learn the principles of home education in his advice for their classrooms. You know the primary source of that advice? Homeschooling! Terry left the classroom and now, he and his wife home educate their kids!

I have frequented Terry’s site for years as a tool for research into the field of learning. His understanding of kids and how they learn dovetails beautifully with Brave Writer’s pedagogy. I reached out to Terry for this podcast and was delighted that he was eager to be a part of our program.

Let’s just say this: If you lack confidence in homeschooling in any way, Terry’s interview will give you the research and data that help you trust this homeschool practice because:

HOMESCHOOLING IS ACTUALLY THE BEST WAY TO EDUCATE YOUR CHILDREN!

TUNE IN now! I promise: your energy and confidence will soar once you listen!

Episode 11: Terry Heick

Terry Heick is the founder of TeachThought.com. He is a former school teacher turned “educational dreamer.” His hundreds of thousands of followers are keen to learn what Terry shares. Why? Because his fresh approach to education was honed in the homeschool he and his wife created for their children. Terry takes natural learning, self-directed learning seriously. He hopes to be a part of the revolution that transforms how we educate our young.

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Friday Freewrite: Luggage

Friday Freewrite

Describe what an airplane flight might be like from the point of view of a passenger’s luggage.

New to freewriting? Check out our online guide.


Coming Soon: Cyber Monday Sale + Holiday Shoppe Opening

Brave Writer's Holiday Shoppe is Coming Soon!
Happy Holidays!

Thank you for being such an awesome community of brave homeschoolers!

To celebrate, we’re offering you a 30% off coupon code that can be used on ALL Brave Writer products (not classes) for 24 hours starting 9:00 AM Eastern on Cyber Monday!

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Cyber Monday (Nov. 27) is also the opening of our annual Holiday Shoppe! We’ve highlighted items that will be wonderful gifts for you or a friend. Note: some items in the Shoppe are not compatible with the discount code but may be offered at a reduced price.

We’re most excited about: our new 2018 Brave Writer calendar below!


*BRAND NEW* 2018 Brave Writer Lifestyle Calendar

2018 Brave Writer Calendar

Available Monday in our Holiday Shoppe—a way to both invest deeply in your homeschool and keep a record of it!

Hang our beautiful new calendar on a wall and use it to record the Brave Writer Lifestyle moments you share with your kids. Each month, we feature a different aspect of the Brave Writer lifestyle in a big, cheery image. On the back of the calendar, you’ll find a link that takes you to the Brave Writer Lifestyle pages of our website that provide oodles of ideas for each one.

Use the date boxes during the month to make a note of when you implemented the activity!

Other holiday gift suggestions:


Get ready!

  • Take a look around the store now for Brave Writer materials and curricula.
  • Forward this blog post to a friend (or spouse! or parent!).
  • Mark the date and see you Monday!