Friday Freewrite: How You’ve Changed

Look at photos from a year ago and think back to the person you were at that time. How have you changed in 12 months?

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2020-2021 Arrows and Boomerangs

2020-2021 Arrows and Boomerangs plus the Dart

Did you miss the Book Reveal Party? Or would you like to watch it again? 

Don’t worry. We’ve got you covered!

Grab your tea and a treat. Pull your kids over to watch with you. Make a list of books you are looking forward to reading next year. 

Watch here!

Pressed for time?

Go directly to the Dart, Arrow and Boomerang pages on our website for the book lists and links to their pages on Amazon.

What’s included in our year-long language arts programs? 

  • The Dart is designed for kids 8-10 years of age.
  • The Arrow is for children 11-12 years of age.
  • The Boomerang is teens 13-15 years of age.

Each Mechanics and Literature program includes:

  • Four expertly selected copywork and dictation passages
  • Lively, clearly worded notes about spelling, punctuation, grammar, and literary elements related to the passages
  • Discussion of literary craft
  • Big Juicy Questions to inspire conversation and writing
  • Book Club Party ideas to celebrate the completion of the book and guide
  • Guidelines that teach you how to use copywork and dictation to teach the mechanics of writing (Look for the separate guidelines PDF in the after-purchase email from Brave Writer.

When you purchase the Dart, Arrow or Boomerang for 2020-2021, you also get a free lifetime membership in the Brave Learner Home—a coaching and support resource!

Homeschool Alliance: June 2020

Intuitive Homeschool Planning

How do we cultivate a learning plan that speaks to all of the individualized needs of our kids? How do we balance learning that supports evolving passions, interests, and practical requirements?

Join us for our Homeschool Alliance Planning Months in June and July. We’ll look at ways to prepare for the homeschooling year ahead as Julie shares planning tools she’s developed especially for the Alliance. Together we’ll explore all the possibilities!

We hope you’ll join us for three special webinars with Julie:June 2020: Intuitive Homeschool Planning—Plan for the Child You Love

  1. Intuitive Homeschool Planning: Getting to Know Your Child: Thursday June 11 at 7:00 PM ET
  2. Intuitive Homeschool Planning: How Your Child Learns Best: Thursday June 25 at 7:00 PM ET
  3. Intuitive Homeschool Planning: Establishing Your Routine: Thursday July 9 at 7:00 PM ET

We look forward to supporting your efforts as you tailor a sustainable education plan that provides your family with a year of individualized and rewarding learning.

Join the Homeschool Alliance

The Homeschool Alliance


Abbey Lossing - Motherhood

My kids bought me this gorgeous print (above) painted by artist Abbey Lossing for Mother’s Day titled “Motherhood.” It captures it all: the closeness, the reading, the hint of nature, the artwork that it is, the racial ambiguity of the subjects, the abandoned sippy cup on the high shelf, the bold colors that match my interior walls in my home. Perfection.


That’s what I felt when I looked at this picture. That’s the emotion missing from our daily lives right now.

The radical choice today is not skepticism or cynicism. It doesn’t take much insight to be appalled by political parties or news media. It’s easy to hate—to feel superior through anger and judgment, to believe in our own thoughts more than our fellow human beings.

What courage it takes to be hopeful. What faith it takes to be optimistic!

Human beings are complex bundles of needs. If we’re lucky, we begin our harrowing journey as a small child cuddled on a beloved lap, paging through picture books, with oceans of hope for a better tomorrow. I still believe that even the people who see the world differently than me want that too.

And when they don’t appear to, when they act in inscrutable ways, perhaps it’s because something went wrong all those years ago.

We have the chance to fundamentally alter next year and the decades ahead by the act of being a loving optimist, especially as we raise our children.

That’s motherhood: faith in human beings to become decent people.

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

Friday Freewrite: Fictional Character

Friday Freewrite

Have you ever cared for a fictional character in a similar way as you might a real person? If so, describe the character, why you care, and how you feel. If not, share that perspective.

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