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What do you do when your child has no clear passion, or when the things they choose to spend their time on don’t appear to be “educational?”
Today’s parent question is the most common I ever hear!
Help: my child is not interested in anything academic!
When we exhaust typical school-style learning and then take the risk to pivot to our children’s passions—at least for a season—what do we do when our kids pick passions that look pointless?
Do you wish your child would spend less time on the iPad?
Are you wondering how on earth whittling wood could be considered educational?
Wish you could turn the school subjects into their passions instead of skateboarding?
Join me for a discussion about how to wave the magic wand: turning ANY passion into a gateway of learning.
It’s so easy to dismiss what looks like it’s a mere passing craze. But you never know where it might lead!
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One morning, my son Noah — who was 9 at the time — famously said to me: “I hate my life.” At that moment, I realized that I had been dragging him through a schedule and plan that met my needs to see progress and get things done, but I had forgotten to take into account how he felt about it.
At the time, I was a part of an independent study program in California that supported homeschoolers (back in the mid-1990s). I met with my supervising teacher desperate for ideas. I didn’t know how to teach the kind of learner Noah turned out to be. She handed me an article that featured brain research showing that children (and adults, let’s be honest!) learn best in deep dives — bursts. The typical school model of working through several subjects a little bit each day is contrary to how our brains like to learn best.
Brains prefer to immerse in the information—to wallow around, to make connections, to incubate the ideas, and they do it best when they are focused rather than spread thin.
We’ll wrap up The Brave Learner Book Club by thinking about our roles as parents, educators, and whole people. Let’s explore the impact of our expectations on
our kids, and
Are our expectations reasonable? How do we hang onto our own sanity as we deal with our kids’ challenges and needs? How is our personal development an ingredient in homeschooling? How can homeschooling be an opportunity to expand our horizons?
Join us for the Homeschool Alliance webinar, “Awesome Adulting—Embracing our Limits, Expanding our Horizons,” at 7 pm est, March 10, 2020, as we contemplate and celebrate you—the brave learner!
And just for fun…
Invite friends to watch the webinar live with you in March!
Consider it a part of a Moms’ Night Out or Parents’ Night In— a chance to host good conversation and to explore the Alliance together.
Expand your horizons while homeschooling by creating your own support network right where you live!
Tell a story (about yourself, someone else, or a fictional character) in 26 alphabetical sentences! Begin the first sentence with an “A” word, start the second sentence with a “B” word, the next sentence, a “C” word, etc.
In this season of the podcast, my goal is to give you a chance to pause and consider ways to improve the experience of learning in your home and in your family by answering questions you’ve sent to me.
One theme is clear as I glance through the list of growing topics: parenting!
You want to know
how to get your kids to cooperate with the plan or the lack of a plan,
how to prepare them for their futures when they don’t seem to imagine life past age 15, and
how to help them fall in love with learning, and you want to do it without provoking resistance or anger or boredom or lethargy.
So often we believe that the issue we are facing in our homeschools is about learning itself or the subject area (like math, writing, or science). What we are facing, though, is more universal in nature. Even parents of kids who attend traditional schools struggle to get their children to finish homework or to care about their grades or to feed the dog or to brush their teeth and make their beds.
Effective parenting—that’s the skill we want to gain.
But what is parenting?
We know so well that we assume we know what it means. Parenting has been presented in many ways to us: the strict disciplinarian, the coach, the best buddy, the wise adult leader…
The term itself is problematic in my opinion. Parenting implies “doing something” to our kids (we “parent” them—turning that noun into a verb with an object of its action—our unwitting children!).
We ARE parents. But the question I want us to consider is: do we do an action called “parenting?” Do I do an action that can be described as “parenting?”
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Parenting is different from other relationships we have because it implies an enormous responsibility. Not only are we charged with the two primary duties related to raising children (keep ‘em busy, keep ‘em alive) we’re also expected to civilize those children — to show them the ropes of how to behave in groups, as friends, and eventually as students — so we want our kids to be self-sufficient, kind, brave adults. We feel morally clear and justified in our actions that require our kids to cooperate with our goals — parenting is our duty. It’s a duty to perform on behalf of our children.
What is the child’s experience of all this parenting, though?
Brave Writer coaches will post the day and time to invite kids to chat in real time as part of the club.
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Look what we’re discussing in our March Boomerang Book Club (ages 13-18): 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Jules Verne. SDE Classics, 2018. 317 pages.
Undersea marvels await readers in this timeless classic. Verne’s novel brings Captain Nemo, Dr. Aronnax, and marine life that few had seen at the time to life on the page. Dr. Aronnax is torn between a desire for freedom from the confines of the Nautilus and the urge to join Captain Nemo on his adventures to the depths of the ocean. He considers spending his life on the Nautilus and is reluctant to leave, until a fateful night when Nemo does the unthinkable. The story highlights the clash between man and nature, and it introduces readers to the ideas of justifiable revenge and the fight for liberty—at any cost.
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