Homeschool Sanity: Principle Two

You get bored.

Principle Two

You get bored.

“Just because a curriculum is effective doesn’t mean you must keep using it. If you’re ‘sick to death’ of the reading program, find a new one for the next child. Years pile up—what you loved doing in year three may feel like overkill in year seven” (The Brave Learner, 203). In fact, boredom is a great sign that it’s time to mix it up.

How do you know when to quit or switch?

First: read the program text and teacher notes. Learn how to use the program; try it yourself first. It’s okay to use the middle of the day to get comfortable with the program before introducing it to your kids. Give a new program a full try from full understanding, first.

Then the next day, clear the decks and take a chance—implement with your kids. It’s okay to experiment, to adapt it to the child.

Give a program you were excited about a six week try.

If you’re still bored and find the program uninspiring, ditch it! No guilt. Chalk up the expense to research and development. It takes spending some money and a lot of experimentation to know what works best.

So no guilt: if you need to toss a curriculum, just because you find it tedious, you get to! You have one life. Don’t waste it on duty and drudgery. There are so many amazing reaources out there. Go find what works for you!

ETA: We lived on $29K w 7 people in southern CA and this was still my philosophy. Made me rely more on the public library, magazines (pre-Internet), co-ops with friends. The idea is: boredom = tedious experience of learning. Switch it up—however you can.


This post is originally from Instagram and @juliebravewriter is my account there so come follow along for more conversations like this one!


The Brave Learner

Friday Freewrite: Perfect Age

Friday Freewrite

Imagine you must stay the same age for the rest of your life…but you get to pick what it is. What would be your “perfect age”? Explain your answer.

New to freewriting? Check out our online guide.


Homeschool Sanity: Principle One

Principle One

No two years of homeschooling are ever the same.

Your children get older and change grades. Each child has a unique personality. What worked with one won’t necessarily work with the next (The Brave Learner, 203).

As you think about the coming year, think less about mastery and more about fine-tuning and tweaking. How can you meet the needs of these children who are new again this year?

It’s easy to think: Hey, I already know my children. I know what they like and don’t like.

What do we do with the surprises?

  • Your quiet child may have a sudden burst of extroversion.
  • Maybe the literature-lover decides she wants to be a dolphin trainer.
  • Perhaps the one who hated math is obsessed with sewing.

Be a student again—discover who this child is this year. New opportunities for learning are here. Allow yourself to be surprised. Make adjustments as you go.

I recommend not buying all the curriculum in the summer. Get to know your children’s needs again in the fall. Make some purchases in December or January that reflect what you’ve learned about your kids during the early months.

Remember: even though a system or schedule feels reassuring to you, it may be overkill, may be too centered on what you need to feel comfortable, or may not grow with the child.

Lead with confidence, but embrace the surprises along the way. See them as a chance to enhance homeschool not as invalidations of your plan.


This post is originally from Instagram and @juliebravewriter is my account there so come follow along for more conversations like this one!


The Brave Learner

Fall Online Writing Class Schedule

Fall 2020 Online Writing Classes

The Fall 2020 Online Writing Class Schedule is Up!

Psst…Be sure to take advantage of our special offer!

We get so many wonderful emails from our happy families, and even more during this stressful time. I wanted to share a quote from one to help you get a feel for how our writing program impacts families.

I think this particular season, during this unexpected pandemic, life became challenging for everyone, but I appreciated this online course at this time for our son to focus on, and I certainly appreciate his teacher taking this on and staying the course amid these added life stresses…so I offer my sincere thanks. The information and accountability and encouragement were all excellent.

Brave Writer is all about personal investment and connection. Our instructors give you a deep commitment of time and gentle instruction that leads to happy, improved writers.

Our writing classes are built from the workshop, writing support group model.

  • Each participant is valued as a person, not just as a student.
  • Writing feedback is detailed, friendly, and thorough.
  • Our instructors recognize that they have a sacred trust with your children and they aim to ensure that each student feels heard, read, and supported in deepening both skill and insight in his or her writing.

Special Offer!

Buy a class, get access to a lifetime of homeschool coaching and support!

We’ve got a brand new, easy-to-access space online (and in an app!) that offers you daily, weekly, and monthly support from trained veteran homeschoolers, writing coaches, and a versatile community of committed home educators.

Brave Learner Home combines our popular Homeschool Alliance and our Brave Writer product coaching (formerly on Facebook). Brave Learner Home opens for members on August 1.

Here’s how it works:

  • Register for one or more classes during fall registration (opens July 27 at noon EDT)
  • Make sure your class enrollment totals $198 or more (all in one cart).
  • Pay for your courses*
  • Get access to Brave Learner Home for life!

We want you to have the support you need. Help really does help. 

*Charter School Payments: once the charter school payment is complete, then we add the parent to Brave Learner Home.


Fall Class Registration opens Noon EDT on July 27 


Summer session is currently registering (many classes are full)
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Friday Freewrite: Silly Story

Friday Freewrite

Choose 3 items from the list below and use them in a silly story.

  • Noodles
  • Kazoo
  • Teacup
  • Baseball
  • Sand
  • Wig
  • Throne
  • Motorcycle
  • Chimney
  • Tuxedo
  • Scissors
  • Pickles

New to freewriting? Check out our online guide.