Podcast: Happy Homeschooling through the Holidays

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The holidays are coming, and many homeschooling parents know that there are going to be disruptions to the routine of daily life — so they try to figure out how to maintain that routine instead of allowing that routine to change and adapt to the constraints of this time of year.

Some homeschoolers don’t even bother with finding a balance and they take the month off from education, instead dedicating that time to cookies, music, and family. Others try their best to keep up their homeschool routine, even if that means refusing to participate in holiday activities.

I’d like to offer a third way, a potentially better solution that will allow you to have your peppermint cookies and eat them, too.

Show Notes

Finding your best balance

What are the expectations around the holidays, and how can we reframe the month to balance feeling satisfied with our homeschooling performance without losing out on the joy of the season?

This depends on your answer to this question: How important are the holidays to you?

Not everybody celebrates Christmas, especially to the extent that our culture expects. You may feel pressured to fill this month with activities that ultimately don’t mean that much to you.

If it is meaningful to you, it may be worth considering how much time you need to celebrate. It could be that condensing your holiday celebrations into the last two weeks of the year is a happy medium that allows you to get in more of your typical homeschool routine.

Marrying education and celebration

The holidays give us a million and one ways to cover all educational subjects.

December is a natural time to watch movies and read books, so lean into that. Pick read-alouds that have corresponding movies, and even — dare I say — allow your kids to watch the movies first. This can help invite interest in a book if you’re struggling to get that going.

Crafts, gift wrapping, shopping for gifts, budgeting, and making lists are all helpful, educational activities. If you’re going to teach your kids to use Excel, imagine how much easier it would be when organizing a spreadsheet of the gifts they want for Christmas or how they’re going to allocate their spending on gifts.

You can also use the subject of holidays to study various holiday traditions around the world. Spin a globe, point at a place, and use Google to find out what holiday they might celebrate.

  • When does it occur?
  • What traditions go along with it?
  • What is the history behind it?

Another educational opportunity that relates to the holiday is having kids interview grandparents about their favorite childhood memories around this season.

  • Is there a recipe within the family you could make?
  • A custom you can adopt?
  • Or just a funny story you’ve never heard before?

Giving kids the opportunity to interview grandparents grows their interviewing skills, write down answers in a book of memories, or collect old traditions and create new ones.

These are ways we can make the holidays less about missing out on one aspect or the other and more of a “yes, and” situation.


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Brave Writer Classes: Customer Appreciation 12 Hour Sale

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These last two years… Phew. We’ve made it through a very difficult time. 

And you’re still with us! We want to say THANK YOU!

Mark your calendar for December 5th. It’s our Customer Appreciation 12 Hour Sale.

We’ve got discounts ON OUR 4 MOST POPULAR CORE CLASSES. 

(I know, we never discount our class offerings. That’s how grateful we are!)

Two Discounted Bundles

On Registration Day ONLY, we are offering two discounted bundles.

You will get 12% OFF:

Brave Writer 101 and Brave Writer 102 when purchased together

Essay Writing 101 and Essay Writing 102 when purchased together

Available when you register on December 5, 2022 ONLY.

Set your watch! Your phone! Your alarm clock!

Registration opens at 12 PM ET. It ends at midnight eastern.

Here’s a handy time converter if you need it! 

Psst…Live in a different time zone that makes it hard to register at 12 PM ET on December 5th? We can help! Email us.

Reasons why you should take a Brave Writer class:

Drum roll! 

  • See what the hype is all about! There is NO ONE like us in the homeschool space.
  • No big commitments. Classes run 3-6 weeks.
  • Support 24/7. Our team is always here to help you! 
  • Did we mention the sale?
  • Our coaches KNOW homeschooling—we get you!
  • Short burst of focused writing—guilt-free breaks from writing follow!
  • Free membership to our Brave Learner Home community.
  • Individualized feedback tailored to your child’s personality, abilities, and imagination.
  • Kids learn best in accepting, gentle environments. We’re great at that!
  • Did we mention there’s a SALE? Now’s the right time to sign up!

2023 Winter/Spring Class Schedule

Cyber Monday Sale 2022

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Cyber Monday is happening NOW!

Your 28% off Discount Code is:


Take 28% off of any purchase in the Brave Writer store (except Literature Singles and classes). 

That means:

Enter the code at checkout in the discount code space provided.

Sale ends at midnight eastern on Monday, November 28.

Happy shopping!

Please tell your Brave Writer-curious friends! This is the only sale of its kind this year.

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Black Friday Sale!

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Black Friday Weekend (November 25-27)

Buy-2-get-1-free deal on Brave Writer:

Literature Singles!

I know so many of you want to experience Brave Writer but don’t know where to start.

THIS is where to start

Whether your kids are 5, 9, 14 or 18, we’ve got you covered!

In a single month, let us help you teach your kids language arts and writing through literature!

  • A classic novel to read aloud (book not included)
  • Four weeks of instruction
    • grammar
    • punctuation
    • literary devices
    • spelling
    • handwriting
    • copywork/dictation practices
  • Big juicy comprehension questions
  • Notes about historical and cultural context
  • Ideas for a book party that follows the theme
  • Writing activities

All of this material in an easy-to-use format for less than $19.95.

Buy any two literature singles ($9.95-$19.95) and get a third for free!

This is a time to stock up on titles that go with your other subjects of study (history, geography, science, math, poetry…).

Select and Sort

To help you make quality selections, we’ve put together a spreadsheet that identifies cross-curricular connections, the time period of the novel, and literary devices the products cover. You’re welcome!

Select and Sort Spreadsheet!

Research, add to cart, and then click purchase! The discount is taken automatically at checkout. If you have any questions, email us!

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Friday Freewrite: Grateful

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Name a book that you are grateful for reading. Explain why you chose it.

New to freewriting? Check out our online guide