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Brave Learner Home: November 2021

How to Talk with Kids

Dr. William Stixrud is back—and ready to help us motivate our kids!

  • “I just want you to live up to your potential.”
  • “You need this for college.”
  • “I know what’s best for you.”
  • “Because I said so.” 
  • “If you don’t, then—”

Are you insisting, lecturing, scolding, threatening, or ordering your kids around more than you ever imagined?

Do you have conflict with your children when you want connection? 

We just want our teens and kids to do well and be well, but so often, they don’t listen to us! Then we have a power struggle on our hands. 

Learn how to have the effective conversations most likely to motivate your kids and teens! 

Our most popular speaker ever returns to Brave Learner Home in November: Dr. William Stixrud!

Dr. William Stixrud, co-author of the national best-seller The Self-Driven Child, returns to discuss his new book, What Do You Say? How to Talk with Kids to Build Stress Tolerance, Motivation, and a Happy Home.

Dr. Stixrud will explore the impact of communication and consequences as he shares from his book—a practical guide for talking to kids about sleep, screen time, motivation, and living up to their potential. 

Join us for our November Master Class webinar:

  • What Do You Say: How to Talk with Kids to Build Motivation, Stress Tolerance, and a Happy Home with Dr. Stixrud
  • Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021 at 7 pm ET

Dr. Stixrud is a clinical psychologist and faculty member at Children’s National Medical Center and George Washington University School of Medicine. He lectures widely on the adolescent brain, meditation, and the effects of stress, sleep deprivation, and technology overload on the brain. He co-wrote the national best seller The Self-Driven Child and the recently-released What Do You Say: How to Build Motivation, Stress Tolerance, and a Happy Home with Ned Johnson. He’s been quoted in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and more. 

His previous Master Class webinar in Brave Learner Home is our #1 most watched guest webinar.

He’s also a rock and roll musician, and he’s back for an encore presentation in Brave Learner Home! 


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Brave Learner Home: October 2021

How do we get our kids to do what we want them to do? What we need them to do? 

To homeschool well, don’t we need a certain number of problems in math, at least a minimal amount of reading each day, and a bit of writing, so we’ll have papers that show their progress? Let’s throw in piano practice, too!

Why is it so hard to get them to do it?

Getting our kids to meet our expectations feels so important in homeschooling! Yet what we often get from them is their reluctance and resistance—mixed in with our own resentment. This is not how we thought homeschooling would look or feel! 

So let’s flip the script and ask instead: What lies beneath our kids’ behavior? 

The secret to answering that question? Considering your child’s perspective! And that’s a powerful way to transform the daily life of your homeschool. 

Your Child’s Perspective!

In our Brave Learner Home Master Class in October, we’ll read parts of Alfie Kohn’s Unconditional Parenting: Moving from Rewards and Punishments to Love and Reason. This will give us a jumping off point to explore ideas for working with our children rather than doing things to them.

Exploring your child’s perspective will help you understand them better, so they can learn more!

Join us for our October Master Class webinar in Brave Learner Home:

  • Your Child’s Perspective – Webinar with Julie Bogart
  • Wednesday, October 20, 2021 7 pm ET

“How we feel about our kids isn’t as important as how they experience those feelings and how they regard the way we treat them.” ― Alfie Kohn


Check out the ways to sign up for a FREE Lifetime Membership to the Brave Learner Home. Join me for our webinar October 20 to learn more about the power of considering your child’s perspective! 


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Brave Learner Home: September 2021

Video Games and Education

Ah the big bugaboo: Video Games!

Should we regulate them? Allow them? Play them with our kids?

Do they have any educational bang for their buck at all?

How can I know if the research I read about them is reliable?

In other words: Help!

We get these questions every single day—video games rank as the most frequently asked question in education circles. To that end, we’re going to help you gain confidence and skill in handling this delicate topic with your kids!


Video Games and Education

Teachers and parents often look for innovative ways to keep students and kids motivated and engaged.

Amazingly, video gaming is automatically good at both.

Gamers know firsthand how elements of video games can keep them riveted and motivated for hours. 

  • But are all games created equal?
  • What makes a “good” game for learning?
  • Are there any negative effects?
  • How do we take the motivating elements of gaming and add them to education environments?

Join Ash Brandin, a public school teacher who uses video games as a learning tool, as we investigate some simple yet effective ways to take tips from video gameplay and turn it into best teaching practices, without gimmicks.

Join us for our Master Class webinar in Brave Learner Home:

  • Video Games and Education with Ash Brandin
  • Thursday, September 9th at 7:00 pm (Eastern)

Ash Brandin, EdS, is a middle school teacher in Boulder Valley School District in Boulder, Colorado. Since 2016, Ash has spoken across the country about how academic spaces can mimic game structures to make learning compelling, motivating, and engaging. They believe games, specifically entertainment-based games, can help us create better teaching, more engaged learning, increased empathy, more inclusive classrooms, and motivated lifelong learners.

A lifelong Coloradan, Ash got their start in education as an orchestra director in grades 5-12. After several years in the orchestra classroom, Ash wanted a way for their students to feel more comfortable to make mistakes and increase their musical skills.

After brunch and brainstorming, Ash successfully implemented gaming principles into orchestra, social studies, and math classrooms, both in-person and virtually.

Their expertise has been a vital source of encouragement to thousands of families, including our Brave Writer community! Ash will take all your questions too, if you attend the webinar live. Hope you come!


How to Join

If you’d like to attend this live webinar on September 9, you’ll need to be a member of Brave Learner Home, our community of nearly 10,000 families where we help you find peace and make progress in educating your kids (whether homeschooled or in traditional school).

There are two ways to join for free and forever!

Or select the third option if you prefer to purchase your membership.

Three ways to join the Brave Learner Home

  1. You can sign up for an online 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.

Can’t wait to see you inside!

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Brave Learner Home: June 2021

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Do you ever feel stuck?

Do you sometimes see your homeschool, yourself, or your kids as not having the momentum or innovation to figure out how to break the logjam?

Are you invested—maybe not always productively invested— in a specific vision of “the way things need to be” or “the way things are”—or even, “the way I am?”  

If your homeschooling has had elements of impasse, let Brave Learner Home help you get unstuck! 

We’re bringing author and clinical psychologist Dr. Diana Hill to Brave Learner Home for our Master Class in June. She’ll help you explore core skills needed to build your psychological flexibility and compassion as a parent and home educator.

Diana and I realized that her Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) practices and my Brave Learner homeschooling and parenting practices are complementary.

In fact, Diana has been homeschooling her kids this year and has seen first-hand how brave learning encourages psychological flexibility and self-compassion—and vice versa! 

She and her co-author have created a program for parents who want to

  • stay present with their kids
  • act in ways that align with their values, even when life is difficult
  • use more effective parenting strategies
  • have greater family cohesion
  • have less spill-over effects of stress onto their kids

Psychological Flexibility and Self-Compassion

We’ve got you covered in Brave Learner Home, with two live webinars as part of our June Master Class! 

  • Fostering Psychological Flexibility Webinar with Dr. Diana Hill
    Thursday, June 10th, 7 pm Eastern
  • Cultivating Compassion Webinar with Dr. Diana Hill
    Thursday, June 24th, 7 pm Eastern

Our June Master Class speaker, Dr. Diana Hill is the co-author of the just-published ACT Daily Journal: Get Unstuck and Live Fully and cohost of the Psychologists Off the Clock podcast.

Dr. Hill and I have appeared on one another’s podcasts, offering listeners a blend of Acceptance & Commitment Therapy practices and Brave Learner practices that can help parents get unstuck!

Listen:

And join us for not one-but-two Master Class webinars, selected readings, and homeschool coaching to help you reframe and re-vision your homeschool! 

Get unstuck and live fully! 


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

Can’t wait to see you inside!

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Brave Learner Home: April 2021

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Ever been delighted to stumble across a book that provides startling new insight on something familiar? That’s what happened to me with the book Cultivating Genius. 


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When I was doing research for my own upcoming book about critical thinking, I discovered the work of best-selling author Dr. Gholnecsar (Gholdy) Muhammad, author of Cultivating Genius: An Equity Framework for Culturally and Historically Responsive Literacy

I noticed right away that Dr. Muhammad’s research into 19th century Black literary societies had themes reminding me of the Charlotte Mason approach to homeschooling!

She has extended the effective historic model of Black literary societies, creating an “equity framework” for today’s K-12 education.

Her equity framework can make education more meaningful and effective for children learning in school or at home. You’ll find my conversation with her fascinating and affirming! 

Cultivating Genius

Dr. Muhammad explains that many educators today focus mainly on skills and learning standards, while she identifies four components of an effective education: 

  • Identity
  • Skills
  • Intellect
  • Criticality

Are you interested in how to move beyond “skills” as the principal focus for education? Curious about how the practices of historic Black literary societies can have a positive effect on learning in your communities’ schools and in your home? 

Join me and Dr. Gholnecsar (Gholdy) Muhammad to learn about Cultivating Genius in our upcoming webinar in Brave Learner Home

  • Cultivating Genius 
  • Thursday, April 8, 7 pm ET

Our April speaker in Brave Learner Home, Dr. Gholnecsar (Gholdy) Muhammad, studies Black historical excellence within educational communities with goals of reframing curriculum and instruction today.

She is an Associate Professor of Language and Literacy at Georgia State University. She also serves as the director of the GSU Urban Literacy Collaborative & Clinic. She works with teachers and young people across the United States and South Africa in best practices in culturally responsive instruction. 

Her scholarship has appeared in leading educational journals and books. Some of her recognitions include the 2014 recipient of the National Council of Teachers of English, Promising New Researcher Award, the 2016 NCTE Janet Emig Award, the 2017 GSU Urban Education Research Award and the 2018 UIC College of Education Researcher of the Year.

She is the author of the best-selling book, Cultivating Genius: An Equity Model for Culturally and Historically Responsive Literacy.


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