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7 Key Ideas

7 Key Ideas

There are 7 key ideas (or so) that are good to know when practicing a Brave Writer Lifestyle.

Key Ideas

1. Jot down your child’s words when you hear an act of spontaneous passionate self expression. Value your child’s thoughts and get them written. Read them back later to an interested audience (family). Watch your child discover joy at being read and a reason to write.

2. Immerse your children in a language-rich environment—books, poetry teatime, big juicy conversations, movies, comic books, jokes, and lots of writing implements to explore.

3. You create an invisible education for your child with the atmosphere of your home and family life. Kindness matters. So does telling the truth and not pretending. Give your children a healthy family life, and improve the quality of your homeschool. Get help if you need it—no shame in that.

4. You get one life. It matters that you like the one you’re living. Home educating your kids can be a grand adventure—yours. When it stops feeling that way, find out why and make adjustments. No child wants to be the source of a parent’s unhappiness.

5. Your curiosity is enough for your homeschool and is just as important as your child’s (could be argued that it’s more important). Trust it to lead you.

6. Do one thing. Just one. Prepare. Do it well. Be present. Remember it fondly. Then do another thing.

7. Homeschooling is cutting-edge education reform. You are Charlotte Mason or John Holt. You and your family are testing and experimenting with new tactics every day, and will contribute insights to the project of education for all. Thank you for risking your kids. I salute you!


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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Engage with Nature: Recap

Engage with Nature Recap

Each Friday for the last month we’ve shared simple ideas to engage with the world outside (we suggested picking one a week to try).

Our Brave Writer families have watched clouds roll by, turned over rocks, and built fairy houses.

The twenty nature prompts can continue to inspire as you practice the Brave Writer Lifestyle throughout the year.

Here’s the complete list (click image to enlarge).


Need more support?

Brave Writer offers a 4-week Nature Journaling online class!

Nature journaling is a way of writing, drawing and reflecting through observations and art. Kids get to uncover countless mysteries and surprises as they interact with the wondrous world around them!The best part?

While your kids are grabbing their notebooks and sun hats, you know they are interacting with earth science, art, math and getting the benefits of physical education.

Nature Journaling

Engage with Nature: Week 4

Engage with Nature Week 4

Is it the end of April already? We may be losing track of time, but nature is right on schedule.

Our twenty nature prompts can help you and yours jump into nature study, one of the Brave Writer Lifestyle elements, and enjoy the grounding routine of the shifting season.

Each Friday in April we’re sharing five simple ideas.

Pick one to do the following week, then let us know what you did by sharing on Instagram (#bravewriterlifestyle) or in our Brave Schoolers Facebook group.

Ideas for Week 4

  • Watch the clouds. 
  • Make a nature date—virtually—with a Natural History Museum, Botanical Gardens, or Nature Center offering online events.
  • Lap your house or apartment building looking for nature before heading inside. 
  • Play “If you could be any animal what would you be?” (Ask why and for lots of descriptions about what life would be like as that creature.)
  • Observe how dew or rainwater rests on a leaf.

See All Ideas Here

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Seasonal Nature Walks

Engage with Nature: Week 3

Engage with Nature Week 3

Have you been surveying your neighborhood for flowers in bloom? Or watching birds from a cozy spot by the window?

Nature sure likes to show off in spring! That makes it a great season to hop into nature study, one of the Brave Writer Lifestyle elements.

To encourage you to add or maintain nature study routines in this unusual time, we created twenty simple prompts to help you and yours engage with nature.

Each Friday in April we’re sharing five simple ideas.

Pick one to do the following week, then let us know what you did by sharing on Instagram (#bravewriterlifestyle) or in our Brave Schoolers Facebook group.

Ideas for Week 3

  • Build a fairy house at the base of a tree with items like twigs, leaves, rocks, and flowers.
  • Pretend you are a bird: What color would you be? Feather design? Big or small?
  • Draw nature finds.
  • Turn over rocks and see what’s underneath (turn them back gently). 
  • Hug a tree—and while you’re at it, examine the bark.

See All Ideas Here

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Seasonal Nature Walks

Engage with Nature: Week 2

Engage with Nature Week 2

Nature Study is an integral part of the Brave Writer Lifestyle.

To encourage you to add or maintain nature study routines in this unusual time, we created twenty simple prompts to help you and yours engage with nature.

Each Friday in April we’re sharing five simple ideas.

Pick one to do the following week, then let us know what you did by sharing on Instagram (#bravewriterlifestyle) or in our Brave Schoolers Facebook group.

Ideas for Week 2

  • Play a bird spotting game (big birds = 3, medium birds = 2, small birds = 1). See if, as a family, you can add up to a target number before the end of the day.
  • Get outside WITH the kids! Yep, this is a BIG motivator!
  • Pick a tree in your neighborhood to watch through the seasons.
  • Read a nature-inspired storybook—wonder as you read.
  • Find and watch nature webcams (search the web to variety—nest cams are popular).

See All the Ideas Here

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Seasonal Nature Walks