Homebound Interviews: Homeschooling Support during Confinement

We Can Do It

Rosie the Riveter was an American icon of female strength and our symbol in Brave Writer of what it means to use that strength for good.

I found the lunchbox in the photo above last Christmas in a shop in Columbus OH. What struck me as much as J Howard Miller’s illustration of her were the words at the top: “We can do it!”

We can! In this moment, we’re pulling together to do this remarkable thing—making the choice to social distance in order to protect one another.

To help provide support during this out-of-the-ordinary time I’ve been sharing how to homeschool during the pandemic in the following places:

For more resources (many are free!), check out our Homebound page.

Remember: We CAN do it! Together.


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Balancing Risk, Instruction, and Reflection

Balancing Risk, Instruction, and Reflection

Did you know? Homeschooled kids never miss a math problem. Their parents won’t let them!

In traditional school, your kid turns in math homework and gets back a score: minus three (—3) and you both call it a day.

In homeschool, the parent hovers, and sees the mistake happening in real time, and invites reworking the problem to set it right. No minus three for this kid.

This is one of the true beauties of homeschooling—in the moment when the problem is most meaningful to the student, you can help the child discover what step was missing.

Naturally: we can overdo it too! Sometimes it feels great to know you got 17 out of 20 problems right and you’re done! So give yourself and your child a break once in a while. Still, this ability to see an error and fix it quickly is powerful.

Learning occurs when the parent and student balance:

  • risk,
  • instruction,
  • and reflection.

Some days focus on risk: lots of messy attempts.

Other days, work at instruction: fewer problems, more collaboration, modeling.

And finally: take time off of working problems to reflect. Talk about math (or whatever subject) without working problems. See if you and your child can describe the steps or imagine a current use for what is being learned.

The tutorial model is powerful!


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


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Friday Freewrite: Changing

Friday Freewrite

Imagine you’re a maple leaf in the fall, and your color is changing from green to red. Does it make you happy, sad, angry, or something else? Describe what it’s like.

New to freewriting? Check out our online guide.


Happy & Healthy Kid Summit

Healthy and Happy Kid Summit

Introducing the 2020 Happy & Healthy Kid Summit!

I’m participating in the Happy & Healthy Kid Summit and want to tell you about it! You will learn from 25+ industry experts including yours truly! You can claim a free ticket and get a virtual turbo boost for parenting and educating.


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DATES: November 2nd-November 4th, 2020

REGISTERSign up here!

Topics include how to promote a love of learning, how to keep your kids safe from predators, using powerful positive psychology processes to create a life you love, practicing positive (not permissive) parenting, and much, MUCH more!

The summit features some pretty big names in the family & parenting business (aside from yours truly, of course), including:

And many more!

This is an event you’re not going to want to miss! 

The 2020 Happy & Healthy Kid Summit is a FREE, VIRTUAL online conference!

Register Here


Brave Learner Home: November 2020

Playing the Long Game

How do you keep homeschooling going through the days, months, and years?

It can feel like a long slog, I know. Take courage, however. I’ve got some inspiration lined up for you from a dear friend in the trenches.

Join our community in the Brave Learner Home (our online coaching and support group for home educators) for a Master Class on sustaining your homeschool commitment. We’ve invited Leah Boden, creator of Modern Miss Mason and the Charlotte Mason Unboxed course for homeschoolers, to share with us via webinar from her lovely home in Coventry, England!

Leah will provide ten tips to help parents stay the course with peace and passion while protecting our personal well being for the long game as well.

A long-time student and practitioner of the Charlotte Mason method of education, Leah writes, speaks and podcasts about the Charlotte Mason philosophy and is passionate about helping parents find their freedom as they invest in their families. Her work includes insights into childhood, motherhood, and education.

Leah is a speaker and writer for the international Wild + Free homeschooling community, as well as a pastor alongside her husband, Dave, at their church. She and Dave have four homeschooled children.

November Master Class

Homeschooling: Playing the Long Game
Thursday, November 12th at 4:00 pm (Eastern)


Join Us!

Three ways to join the Brave Learner Home:

  1. You can sign up for a fall class (over $198.00 in tuition in one registration) and be added to the Brave Learner Home for a free lifetime membership!
  2. You can purchase $198.00 worth of materials from our store (in one shopping cart) and be added to the Brave Learner Home for a free lifetime membership.
  3. Purchase either a six month membership for $99.00 or a Lifetime Membership for $198.00.

Brave Learner Home is your new reliable online community and coaching space to provide you the support you crave for a thriving homeschool.

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“I’d Like to Call You In.”

I'd Like to Call You In

We’re all learning a lot right now. Recently, one of our Brave Writer community members reached out to me to ask how we might address problematic racist stereotypes in a literature handbook about a particular book. She asked it with gentleness, without accusation. Her request led to fruitful exchange and conversation. When I returned to thank her, I complimented her kind attitude.

She replied, “I’ve learned it is better to call people in to a conversation than to call them out for problematic behavior.”

Mic drop.

What would happen if we called our children in to a conversation as opposed to calling them out for misbehavior?

Imagine shoes and coats left on the floor. And instead of saying “Hey you left your shoes and coat on the floor! Pick them up!” we say, “Hey, I want to call you into a conversation about your shoes and coat on the floor.” Now I know the language sounds a little forced but the spirit is right.

What if we said, “Hey! I want to hear about your shoes and coat on the floor. What are you planning to do with them?” The same way this Brave Writer mother asked me how I was planning to manage a troublesome passage in a book is how we can relate to anyone whose behavior is disappointing or confusing to us.

She gave me a moment to realize the issue at hand without my having to feel the searing hot lava shame of failure that I didn’t live up to her standard.

This is a great tool for all of our relationships. It’s the one I wished I’d used in the past when I wanted to inspire participation in showing support to our Black homeschool colleagues.

Let’s see what happens when we call in, rather than call out. So powerful!


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


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