“Now he wants to be a writer.”
Meet Lydia and her crew of four!
This Air Force family moves frequently, so homeschooling helps them to keep consistent with their learning. It keeps alive Lydia’s love of all things creative, too! She’s a self-professed eclectic, “flexible but routined” homeschooler who can’t resist a creative, artsy project! We love that!
We were honored to find out that we placed on Lydia’s homeschooling bucket list!
Ever since I had heard of Brave Writer, I wanted to try a class. I mostly tried it to “check off” a style of writing I was not confident in (poetry).
Lydia signed her family up for our Playing with Poetry: Discovery class last winter. (A great choice, since the whole family gets to participate for one fee!)
Isaac, then 8, was struggling to read and write. He hated to even try writing and often refused because it was too hard.
Lydia offered Isaac a lot of support. (We share ways to do that in our video “How to Support your Child in an Online Class”—emailed to you when you register!)
It was transformative.
I never forced him to write or complete anything, but invited him to come along for the ride as much as he wanted, and he chose to work through the fear…
I offered to jot things down. I asked questions to get him thinking and more questions to clarify. The first poem was based on a photograph so he just said words that popped into his mind while looking at his photo.
Lydia helped Isaac gather all the materials needed to create his masterpiece then—
[W]hen he was ready, we read through his list of words and he very thoughtfully chose which words to use and created beautiful phrases that then took on a life of its own and became his very first poem.
Aren’t you grinning ear to ear thinking about a reluctant writer who just cranked out a full POEM? I am!
Writing coach, Susanne Barrett, swooped in to support Isaac’s newfound confidence.
Susanne’s feedback to him completely changed his outlook on his ability. She told him she could tell that he cared about beautiful language and chose each word very carefully, a sign of a true writer. He beamed and took all that to heart and has been writing ever since and now wants to be a writer.
Not only did they have a wonderful experience in that 4-week class (a perfect length, Lydia says, for a deep dive), but the effects of the class have been lasting.
I’m… confident that without partnering with Isaac, and jotting things down for him, he might not have realized he CAN be a writer even while struggling to read, spell, and write.
Since that first poem, Lydia’s kids have taken several of our classes!
I appreciate how the classes have taken some of the pressure off of me to check the box of writing and it’s organized and totally doable! I love how much parents are encouraged to partner with their child in order to grow and succeed.
Thank you, Lydia! And thank you, Isaac for sharing your poetry with us! (See Isaac’s work in the training tip below!)
Brave Writer has two Playing with Poetry classes. Take them in any order! Don’t miss the chance to partner with your kids in a relaxed writing environment.
You can learn more about our online classes here.
We also invite you to log in to a sample class. Click around, play with our text editor, and read real instructor responses to writing posted in class.
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