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Every day our in-box is stuffed with questions about what Brave Writer offers, how to use our program and where to find “freebies.”

We’ve got answers!

The key to a great homeschool is enriching your primary relationships:

  • To your kids
  • To the subjects you want to teach
  • To your pedagogy (theory of learning)
  • To yourself

We’ve got relationship aids for you across all categories! Enjoy.

And remember: take your time. There’s no rush. You will grow your theory of education and writing one step at a time. Enjoy the journey of discovery and feel free to reach out to us if you have questions.


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Intuitive Homeschool Planning Tool

Intuitive Homeschool Planning Tool

Introducing a BRAND NEW Brave Writer product just for you

You’re ready to plan next year’s homeschool program and we know you want to be sure your kids ENJOY the year you plan, right?

With that in mind, we’ve created the Intuitive Homeschool Planning Tool.

Plan for the Child You Love!

Do you plan each year on your calendar and then wonder why those plans fall apart?

Do you wish you knew how to bend the core subjects to your child’s personality?

Are you interested in a plan flexible enough to grow, but clear enough to follow?

Good news!

You can plan for the real child you have and love!

The Intuitive Homeschool Planning Tool invites you to connect with your specific child using a variety of creative, strategic processes. You’ll explore your child’s

  • personality
  • passions
  • interests
  • strengths
  • joys

Then you’ll take an inventory of your own personality and strengths, as well as your objectives and vision for the school year.

These will then be blended together to create a tailor-made homeschool plan that fits your specific family.

No more planning for the calendar over the student!

Instead:

  • Get to know your child as a learner
  • Plan the whole year
  • Include the core subjects that matter to you
  • Identify strategies that bring your student and learning together!

If you purchase this tool, you may also be interested in joining Brave Learner Home where our coaches support you in implementing it. They’re great at brainstorming, offering suggestions, and untangling any confusion.

*Fine Print: These same processes are shared with members of our Brave Learner Home community on our Community Coaching discussion board. We implement the planning tool activities in July (which can be completed with or without this product). This product is the beautifully designed, all-in-one document that you can print and take to a coffee shop, if you’d like!

Can’t wait to see how you plan and to support you in having the homeschool of your dreams!

Intuitive Homeschool Planning Tool


Friday Freewrite: One-of-a-Kind Hat

Friday Freewrite

Someone swiped your beloved, handmade, one-of-a-kind hat then later gave it to a friend as a gift. If months later you come across the friend wearing the hat, what would you do? Is it still yours to take back? Explain your answer.

New to freewriting? Check out our online guide.


Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month! We get to celebrate the incredible contributions of Asian and Pacific Islanders to American culture.

While it may be difficult to visit nearby sites at this time, you can enrich your family’s learning through books, food, movies, poetry.

We have a few resources in our Brave Writer library that may help.

Own Voices Mechanics and Literature Titles

Dart: The Year of the Dog by Grace Lin

When Pacy’s mom tells her that this is a good year for friends, family, and “finding herself,” Pacy begins searching right away. As the year goes on, she struggles to find her talent, deals with disappointment, makes a new best friend, and discovers just why the Year of the Dog is a lucky one for her after all. ~Amazon

Arrow: The Thing about Luck by Cynthia Kadohata

There is bad luck, good luck, and making your own luck–which is exactly what Summer must do to save her family in this winner of the National Book Award. ~Amazon

Boomerang: American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

Jin Wang starts at a new school where he’s the only Chinese-American student. When a boy from Taiwan joins his class, Jin doesn’t want to be associated with an FOB like him. Jin just wants to be an all-American boy, because he’s in love with an all-American girl. Danny is an all-American boy: great at basketball, popular with the girls. But his obnoxious Chinese cousin Chin-Kee’s annual visit is such a disaster that it ruins Danny’s reputation at school, leaving him with no choice but to transfer somewhere he can start all over again. The Monkey King has lived for thousands of years and mastered the arts of kung fu and the heavenly disciplines. He’s ready to join the ranks of the immortal gods in heaven. But there’s no place in heaven for a monkey. Each of these characters cannot help himself alone, but how can they possibly help each other? They’re going to have to find a way―if they want fix the disasters their lives have become.―Amazon

Poetry Resources

Celebrating Asian American Heritage

If you aren’t familiar with Asian/Pacific American poets, this Poetry Teatime post will give you a good place to get started! Keep reading.

Types of Asian and Pacific Poetry

Ever heard of a syair? What about twin cinema? While one of those poetic forms is ancient and one is brand new, they do have one thing in common: they were both created in Asia. In honor of Asian and Pacific American Heritage Month in the US, let’s take a look at the vast array of forms in Asian and Pacific poetry. Keep reading.

Japanese Teatime

Japan has one of the most elaborate tea ceremonies in the world. It involves special utensils, treats, gestures, and an entire philosophy for sharing tea! In today’s post, learn about this philosophy of the Japanese tea ceremony and ways to incorporate some of those practices into your own teatime routines. Keep reading.


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Podcast: Practicing Psychological Flexibility and ACT with Dr. Diana Hill

Brave Writer Podcast

The podcast has been dark for a few months… and for a good reason! I just wrapped up writing my newest book (out February 2022). Now that it’s in the hands of publishers, I’m ready to get back to the business of podcasting.

The theme for this season comes from the topic of the book: Critical thinking. Let’s peel back the layers and get a closer look at what it means to be a critical thinker.

Dr. Diana Hill is a psychologist and podcaster with Off The Clock Psychologists. At the beginning of the pandemic, when so many people unexpectedly had their children at home with them, Dr. Hill discovered Julie’s book The Brave Learner. She used the ideas in The Brave Leaner to become a home educator herself.

In today’s podcast, Diana talks about how to create a better relationship with ourselves. She has co-authored a therapeutic personal journal that features a practice called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). ACT is cutting-edge, evidence-based psychology that helps people develop psychological flexibility. Psychological flexibility is one of the best indicators of effective parenting, and recent research shows that psychological flexibility reduces the impact of pandemic stress on families and kids.

Psychological flexibility involves directing yourself towards your values — even in the face of difficulty and challenges. It takes skills in acceptance, perspective taking, values, being present, stepping back from thoughts, and commitment to become psychologically flexible. The ACT Daily Journal breaks psychological flexibility into an eight-week program that helps people in each of these skills to get present, identify their values, and take committed action in the direction that matters most to them.

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Show Notes

Psychological Flexibility and the Six Core Processes:

  • Acceptance
  • Cognitive Defusion
  • Being Present
  • Self as Context
  • Values
  • Committed Action

Why do we need psychological flexibility?

Humans are designed to avoid pain and move towards pleasure, which can work well in the external world but leads to issues under the skin. If something matters to you, there is likely a degree of discomfort associated with it because our values are closely related to pain and discomfort. Psychological flexibility is required for critical thinking because it allows us to move outside of our comfort zone.

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