Brave Writer Lifestyle: One on One

July BWL

This month’s Brave Writer Lifestyle focus is: One on One Time!

It’s a perfect time of year for those outdoor excursions, picnics, playing badminton or backgammon on the back deck!

Let’s bank some quality time with our kids this month (and every month).

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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!

Share, share, share!

We’d love it if you shared your Brave Writer Lifestyle adventures on Instagram, the BraveSchoolers Facebook Group, in the Homeschool Alliance, or wherever you hang out online.


Brave Writer Podcast: Partnership Home Education

Podcast Partnership Home Education

Finding Friends for You!

When all is said and done, what we really crave is connection: with our kids, with ourselves, and with each other.

It matters that you find friends to support you on this daring adventure called homeschooling. Join me as I share my ideas for how to create friendships and support for yourself that lasts.


There are a few types of friends that you’ll want to cultivate in your homeschooling life, and today we want to share principles and stories that will help you do that:

  • The first thing you want to do is forge a friendship, maybe someone who has kids around the same ages as your kids – don’t even worry about homeschooling yet. If you start with finding a friend for yourself, not just for your kids, you can start to develop a homeschool philosophy that goes together.
  • Create a regular community event, like a book club that meets once a week or once a month. You can grow and figure out homeschool together!
  • You can get some of this connection online, but there’s no substitute for in-person friendships. Sometimes we need someone to grow with, someone to hug us, someone to take over when we’re falling apart – and part of the way we get there is cultivating a vision in community.
  • We want to leave space for change and growth. So if you’re creating a community group like a co-op, your goal should be to create what you believe in, giving people the opportunity to participate without conforming to that belief.
  • You don’t have to create a new group to find new people. Instead, you can find them in existing support groups. And we think the fastest way to find out what people are like is to propose a book study – you don’t want to just ask them, “What’s your homeschool philosophy?” Because what you’re really looking for is someone willing to explore more than what they already know.
  • Sometimes what you need is a BREAK from homeschooling, so don’t be afraid to look for non-homeschooling friends!

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Help a homeschooler like you find more joy in the journey. Thanks!

The Homeschool Alliance

Friday Freewrite: Cats and Dolls

Friday Freewrite Cats and Dolls

If cats and dolls could talk, what might these two say to each other?

New to freewriting? Check out our online guide.

Brave Writer Summer Camp 2018

2018 Brave Writer Summer Camp

Register for our FREE Online Summer Camp!

Need a homeschool tune up but don’t have the energy to drag yourself and your kids to a convention? We gotchu! Stay put with tall glasses of lemonade, your computer screen, and games for the kids.

Summer Camp features 5 identical webinars on Tuesday and Wednesday (with a bonus webinar on Monday afternoon), in different time slots so you can arrange your schedule to suit you (and not have to park yourself in front of the computer for all five in one day). I’ve invited my friends to share helpful information about language arts, the Brave Writer program, and learning challenges.

Plus our Online Summer Camp comes with a free PDF digital handbook that has all the details for how to participate (even games for your kids!).

2018 Brave Writer Summer Camp Handbook


Monday, July 23 (Bonus Webinar)

4:00 P.M. Open House: A Guided Tour of the Homeschool Alliance (Julie Bogart)

Tuesday, July 24

10:00 A.M. The Writer’s Jungle: How to be an Effective Writing Coach (Julie Bogart)
1:00 P.M. Language Arts: Literature and Mechanics in Brave Writer (Mary Wilson)
4:00 P.M. Are Online Writing Classes Right for My Family? (Kirsten Merryman)
6:00 P.M. Homeschool Writing with a Slew of Kids (Julie Bogart)
8:00 P.M. Tackle Learning Challenges in Writing and Reading (Rita Cevasco)

Wednesday, July 25

10:00 A.M. Are Online Writing Classes Right for My Family? (Kirsten Merryman)
1:00 P.M. Language Arts: Literature and Mechanics in Brave Writer (Mary Wilson)
4:00 P.M. Homeschool Writing with a Slew of Kids (Julie Bogart)
6:00 P.M. Tackle Learning Challenges in Writing and Reading (Rita Cevasco)
8:00 P.M. The Writer’s Jungle: How to be an Effective Writing Coach (Julie Bogart)

These sessions are LIVE only (no replay) so you want to be sure you sign up for the time slot you can attend.


Everyone who registers we’ll automatically be entered into a drawing for…drum roll please:

Brave Writer Summer Camp iPad Giveaway

An iPad with special engraving!
The iPad will feature the winner’s name and Brave Writer on the back.

Photo Prize
We’re awarding the collection of Gracious Space books and our Poetry Teatime Companion to the family who posts our favorite Instagram image during Summer Camp (hashtag #bravewritercamp).

Swag Prizes
In each webinar, we’ll draw several winners to receive stickers, pens, and bookmarks for you and your kids. Tune in live, participate in the chat, and you’ll be eligible to win!

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Blog Roundup: Nature Study

Nature Study Roundup

Welcome to the latest blog roundup! See how other homeschooling families practice the Brave Writer Lifestyle!

This roundup in particular is special because June is Nature Study Month here at Brave Writer.

Nature Study for the Mom Who Isn’t a Big Fan of Nature – Hide the Chocolate

The Best Nature Journaling Books for Creativity and Inspiration – My Little Poppies

Nature Study Simplified: Identify, Observe, And Journal – Bethany Ishee

Nature Study (When You Don’t Know What You’re Doing!) – Up Above the Rowan Tree

Nature Journaling for Kids Who Aren’t That Excited About It – This Simple Balance

Tour of Our Homeschool Room: Spring Edition – Blossom and Root

Nature Journaling in Our Homeschool – Our Domestic Church

We hope to share more roundups in the future! If you write about an aspect of the Brave Writer Lifestyle, let us know! Email your post’s url to


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