Wild + Free Conference Notes

Wild + Free Conference Notes

Wild + Free Conference Notes!

What an incredible time we had at the conference together in Frisco! Thank you to those who attended. I loved meeting so many of you!

My notes include most of what I shared, though I also freely added details while speaking. You have permission to share these with your friends too. Enjoy!

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Boomerang Book Club: March 2019

Brave Writer Boomerang Book Club

Brave Writer’s Boomerang Book Club is the place to be in March!

Johannah Bogart, Julie’s 28 year old homeschooled daughter, will guide students in provocative discussion of the Boomerang books. These discussions are intended to teach your kids literary analysis without the burden of essay writing. All the Big Juicy Conversations about the books will lead to that special brain development—rhetorical insight—that leads to effective essay writing later.

Plus a FREE digital copy of our language arts guide based on the book selection for the month is provided.


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March’s selection for the Boomerang Book Club (ages 13-18) is Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk.

In Wolf Hollow, a heartwarming and heartbreaking coming of age story, Annabelle finds the courage to stand up to the new girl in town and learns you cannot help everyone, no matter how much you care. Set in rural Pennsylvania during WWII, this is a tale of resilience, strength, and compassion in the face of injustice. Available as an audiobook read by Emily Rankin.

Purchase the novel.

Homeschool students especially need the chance to talk about what they read—yet the busy mother-of-many doesn’t always have time to read those lengthy dense books, let alone discuss them in depth! And that’s where we come in. Teenagers are invited to join our virtual book discussion club, conducted entirely online in the Brave Writer classroom.

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Caveat: Please remember that you’re the parent. If you have doubts about the content of a particular book, please check the reviews of the novel or read it for yourself first. Pouch and Boomerang books in particular may include sexuality, graphic language, and mature themes.


Also starting in March are our Arrow and Pouch Book Clubs.


Pouch Book Club: March 2019

Brave Writer March 2019 Pouch Book Club

March is just around the corner and so is next month’s Pouch Book Club!

Our book club facilitator will guide students in provocative discussion of the Pouch of Boomerangs books. They’ll coax, encourage, and expand how your middle schoolers think about novels, all while providing an engaging dialogue partner to them.

Plus a FREE digital copy of our language arts guide based on the book selection for the month is provided.


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Brave Writer receives compensation at no extra cost to you. Thank you!]


March’s selection for the Pouch Book Club (ages 11-14) is The Cay by Theodore Taylor.

Phillip is excited when the Germans invade the small island of Curaçao. War has always been a game to him, and he’s eager to glimpse it firsthand—until the freighter he and his mother are traveling to the United States on is torpedoed.—Amazon

Purchase the novel.

Due to popular demand, Brave Writer now offers a transition book club between the Arrow and Boomerang. The Pouch club is for middle schoolers who want to discuss novels with their peers, who are ready to learn the art of thinking and writing simultaneously all while excited about a great story!

Let Brave Writer help you. These book discussions are drawn from entertaining works of fiction that your kids are sure to love!

REGISTER HERE

Caveat: Please remember that you’re the parent. If you have doubts about the content of a particular book, please check the reviews of the novel or read it for yourself first. Pouch and Boomerang books in particular may include sexuality, graphic language, and mature themes.


Also starting in March are our Arrow and Boomerang Book Clubs.


Brave Writer Podcast: The Complete Season Five

Brave Writer Podcast: Season 5 Recap

If you missed any Ask Julie podcast episodes, here they are in one convenient place so that you can listen (or re-listen) to them whenever you want.

THANK YOU for making Ask Julie the amazing podcast season that it was! Thanks to you, we’ve now gone well over a million downloads. What a milestone! We appreciate all the incredible review love you’ve shown us as well.

Let’s give a big round of applause to each Ask Julie guest. Thank you for offering us a glimpse into your lives and your individual challenges.

Season Five Podcasts

S5E1: Embracing Elements of Home with Tammy Kim

S5E2: Growing a Mind & Cultivating Curiosity with Christa Gregg

S5E3: What About Technology? with Lindsay McCarthy

S5E4: Checklist Lovers – Planning From Behind with Jennifer Vetter

S5E5: When Learning Isn’t Fun with Anne Trott

S5E6: Community is Self-Care with Jennifer Hunter

S5E7: Finding a Balance in High School with Karen Goldstein

S5E8: Cultivating Connection in a Large Family with Jardel Manalo

S5E9: Awesome Adulting with Jessica Hammond

S5E10: Prepping Your Teen for Adulthood with Myah St. John

S5E11: Breaking Free from Multitasking with Courtney Moyer

S5E12: Routines, Chaos, and Big Goals—Oh My! with CO Springs Homeschool Mamas Group


If you’ve enjoyed season five of the podcast, check out our Homeschool Alliance community to gain personal support and coaching just like I offered on the podcast. We do this work every day of the week and offer you a chance to grow as the career educator that you are.


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Friday Freewrite: Dessert

Friday Freewrite

What a humdinger of a dessert! Imagine it was your job to write a description of the pictured treat for a restaurant’s menu (and they weren’t including a photo). What would you say to entice people to order it?

New to freewriting? Check out our online guide.