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A Different Kind of Learning

A Different Kind of Learning

Here at Brave Writer, we work hard to hear our parents and to make the programs accessible and useful to you.

This year, we’ve even added lifetime membership to the Brave Learner Home when you purchase a bundle (or take our classes). We will be a part of walking you through your programs that you use. We’ve added skills trackers and even planning tools.

What I’ve found in my time talking with customers over the last 20 years is that they are sometimes nervous about a program that asks them to read. They make a purchase and stop short of reading the program. They want the program to be “self-teaching” in a way. That they can open it and discover the instructions while standing next to their kids at the table. A “fill in a blank” or answering a single question or following specific criteria kind of writing assignment.

Brave Writer is not designed that way because that’s not optimal for writing growth—the kind of writing that

  • has power,
  • connects to a reader,
  • and is enjoyable to read.

The Writer’s Jungle is meant to be read with a lemonade in one hand and a highlighter in the other. I seek your conversion to a new way of thinking about writing. There are activities to do in each chapter, but there is information to read first. The primary guidance for implementation is simply: read the chapter, do what’s in it.

The Dart or Arrow—same thing. Read the guidelines, then try one book, one week and see how it goes. Learn to have natural conversations about grammar and mechanics rather than chugging through worksheets.

It’s a different style of learning and education. It does take parental investment. We want to help you experience the shift. If you connect to my work in video and podcasting, you can have confidence that what we have built follows those principles. But it may take a leap of faith to experience it for yourself.

Hope that helps! You can always reach out to us at with specific program questions.

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

Brave Writer Language Arts Programs

Don’t Do Everything

Don't Do Everything

A familiar refrain I am seeing everywhere in the Brave Writer space: that you feel overwhelmed by too much to do.

Let me make it perfectly clear here.

Don’t do everything!

Start with ONE of our products. Just that one. Read the information at the front or in the guidelines or one chapter of the Writer’s Jungle.

Then DO that thing without reading anything else, without planning anything else, without thinking about how it all fits together. That is utterly unnecessary.

You will get so much value if you deep dive into ONE of the products and take it just ONE week or project or activity at a time.

So do ONE thing this month and shelve everything else. If you find yourself really enjoying that thing, do it more! Don’t rush on to the next thing. Maximize the value right there. If you notice flagging interest after a bit, then turn your attention to the NEXT product and do ONE small bit of that one.

You cannot do this wrong!

Each product creates engagement with writing. ALL of them do. They all work.

You’re going to be okay. Take a risk and TRY one thing. Just one! See how it feels.

xo Julie

Brave Learner Home

Bring Your Friendship Voice to the Table

Shared Learning Mode: Bring Your Friendship Voice to the Table

Move into “shared learning mode” (instead of “teacher mode”) when home educating.

Be the one who:

  • is curious,
  • doesn’t know all the answers,
  • wonders aloud,
  • is inspired by a child’s idea,
  • gets a kick out of her kid’s antics.

Let go of your need to be obeyed, thanked, and appreciated.

It’s a little shift—a tiny tweak, really, to sit on the same side of the learning table as your child. It’s the unique opportunity that is not always possible in school.

Lucky us!

The Brave Learner

Growth, Not Grades

Open and Grow

Learning, at its best, isn’t about getting a job or finding a career. Learning is for its own sake:

  • personal development,
  • skill acquisition,
  • a wider lens into history and other populations,
  • community participation,
  • global awareness,
  • moral development,
  • and an appreciation for scientific advancement, including today’s technologies.

Taken together, the fruit will likely be a career path today’s student will eventually enjoy. Yet if career is the goal, sometimes we undermine learning with pressure to perform.

We learn because learning grows us. Growth, not grades—that’s the objective.

When I spent the weekend with octogenarians, what stood out to me were two items:

1) Their education had focused on reading widely, auditing classes in college for the sheer pleasure of it on top of coursework, and a continued appetite for history, literature, the arts and sciences, even beyond career. Many of the priests who taught them made these subjects come to life for their students.

2) The second item was more troubling. The school methods for securing learning in the 1950s (particularly Catholic schools) were often harsh and punitive. Tongue-lashings, boxing a boy around the ears, cracking a textbook over a boy’s head, rapping the knuckles with a ruler, ridiculing one boy against another, using the threat of low grades as coercion… One lovely gentleman told me he was deeply soured and scarred by his experience. Others laughed off the abuse, saying it toughened them for adulthood.

To me: I’d call that education gone wrong—where behaving like a good student was prioritized over learning.

As homeschool parents, we may not crack kids over the head with a math book for not paying attention, but the undue pressure to like a subject or our expectation of a particular outcome can create a similar antagonism to learning. Learning thrives best when it’s an unfolding process of discovery—shared with a trusted partner. YOU!

It means a loss of control (at some level) but it’s so worth it when you see the lights go on!

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

Brave Writer Online Classes

We’ve Got the Secret Sauce!

We've Got the Secret Sauce

We treasure our Brave Writer families. 

That’s why we hold every student gently. We know that curt corrections and disparaging remarks hurt. Because we’re writers, we know that writing is personal. Because we’re educators, we know that learning from us is trusting in us.

Brave Writer coaches are specially trained, not only in writing instruction, but also in how to construct comments that cultivate positive relationships with writing and within your family. In our feedback, we take the whole child into account—writing growth, but also their vulnerability and heart—making it a safe space to learn.

No one does it like we do. 

Learning doesn’t need to be painful. We’ve found that students learn better when it’s not. We can help them unlock how professional writers write, avoiding frustration as students learn the craft. Our methods build them up and won’t tear them down. The results are nurtured writers who are free to grow—and do!

Class in Focus: The Writer’s Jungle Online

Get some of that special sauce! 

The Writer’s Jungle Online, you learn how to teach your student to write using the Brave Writer method. Our writing coach is there for YOU and your child—to give meaningful ideas about how to grow the writing, to partner, to cheerlead, and to celebrate! She’s a companion and a champion who walks each step of the way with you and your child for six weeks.

The Writer’s Jungle Online class includes:

  • Communication (An oral game to get you started. Fun!)
  • Keen observation (The skill to dig out the rich vocabulary lurking inside your child)
  • Freewriting (The breakthrough tool that has unleashed thousands of blocked writers)
  • Revising (Practices and permission to get in there with your kids and help)
  • Editing (The mechanics mop up)
  • Publishing (Suggestions for how to share that great writing with interested readers)
Training Tip

Take the opportunity now to press the reset button on your homeschool writing experiences. Create an atmosphere of collaboration, peace, and progress. Enroll in The Writer’s Jungle Online today!

You can learn more about our online classes here.

We also invite you to log in to a sample class. Click around, play with our text editor, and read real instructor responses to writing posted in class.

The Writer's Jungle Online