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Blog Roundup: August 2014 Edition

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Read how other homeschooling families implement the Brave Writer Lifestyle!

Learning Ripples in Homeschool

Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into water, the actions of individuals can have far-reaching effects. –Dalai Lama

“I love this quote from the Dalai Lama for many reasons and I’ve seen an application of it to learning. It began with writing. Writing is an area where variety is enjoyable.” ~Tristan, Our Busy Homeschool

What it takes to continue homeschooling

“In the last couple of years, I have often said, “Oh, I don’t read homeschooling books anymore” and “I don’t look for curriculum anymore.” I mean it has to stop somewhere, right? Someone will always be writing another book or presenting another curriculum. And I have so many books and guides and projects that I haven’t even used yet. I just keep telling myself to find something I already have and use it. And those thoughts come on the good days. On the not-so-good days, I just want to get through the checklists and see some completed workbook pages.” ~Two Culture Mom

And here is an inspiring conference report:

VAHomeschoolers Conference 2014

“Julie Bogart has a well-deserved cult following in the homeschooling world. She homeschooled her five children, worked as a professional writer and created the popular “Brave Writer” series of language arts curriculum and online writing classes. She is an incredibly engaging speaker, so well-spoken, charming and funny. Some conference attendees just sat in her sessions alone for the entire conference!” ~Anne, ruly

We hope to share more roundups in the future! If you write about an aspect of the Brave Writer Lifestyle, let us know! Email your post’s url to Jeannette, our Social Media admin ( Thanks!

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Camp NaNoWriMo

WBWW 56Less formal than November’s “50K words or bust,” Camp NaNoWriMo allows your child to set his or her own goals and work on any kind of writing. From their website:

Camp NaNoWriMo is a more open-ended version of our original November event. We have Camp sessions in both April and July, and we welcome word-count goals between 10,000 and 1,000,000. In addition, writers may attempt non-novel projects. Camp is a creative retreat for whatever you’re working on!

Check it out!

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Blog Roundup: April 2014 Edition!

Image by ConsueloRead how other homeschooling families implement the Brave Writer Lifestyle:

How We Use the Brave Writer Program Julie at Creekside Learning shares how her family uses Brave Writer in their homeschool. You can also enter to win one of our Poetry Guides in honor of National Poetry Month (contest ends May 2nd).

Brave Writer’s The Arrow “Last month we added Brave Writer’s The Arrow to our Language Arts studies and I’ve noticed the difference in our homeschool already. We’re having so much fun with “The Brave Writer lifestyle”. Our own language as well as our awareness of language around us – written, spoken and performed – is heightened. Here are some examples of what we’ve done.” ~Jess, You, Me and B

A Week of Bravewriter’s Partnership Writing “It’s Monday, and there’s just time to squeeze in some copy work before heading off to circus class. I choose a sentence from our current read aloud, Neil Armstrong: Young Flyer and write it into Yoshi’s book. He copies it out. Time taken: five minutes…if you don’t count the wriggling…” ~Melissa, Lovely Things

Poetry Tea Time “This year on Fridays we have added Poetry Tea Time to our schedule. This has been a fun way to make sure we are enjoying poetry every week.” ~Living and Learning

Homeschool Freakout Day “Recently, on a mailing list I read, a mom posted about how she was freaking out about homeschooling. It’s the same feelings every homeschooler has, and heck, probably most parents have: that their kids aren’t learning what they should, that they are unhappy, that the kids will be left behind, and so forth.” ~Katie, Home is Possible

We hope to share more roundups in the future! If you write about an aspect of the Brave Writer Lifestyle, let us know! Email your post’s url to Jeannette, our Social Media admin ( Thanks!

Image by Brave Writer mom, Consuelo

Homeschool Carnival at momSCHOOL

Carnival of HomeschoolingBrave Writer’s “You Have Time” blog entry is featured in the Homeschool Carnival over at momSCHOOL. Today is the April Fool’s Edition.

Other posts include: “The Importance of Play in Nursery School,” “Make Homeschool Science More Fun than Play,” and “Why I’m Not Making My Kids Do Dishes Anymore.”

Check it out!

Introducing: The Bunk Room!

The Bunk Room Slaby familyHi, my name is Maria Slaby. Since 2008, my family and I have been publishing The Bunk Room, a magazine written entirely by kids from all over the world. We are seen in print in communities in the US and online worldwide. Every issue we filter through hundreds of articles submitted by kids eager to be published. And as much as we can, we strive to publish most.

This morning, I was asked to complete a publishing industry survey. The question was, “What is the most important new thing you wish to accomplish with your publication this year?”

That’s simple. And it isn’t new. It’s the same every year.

Our goal is to inspire kids to love and embrace reading and writing; to deliver content that inspires them to want to create stunning articles that people enjoy reading.

Our readers run the age spectrum; from young readers to great, great grandparents. That means we need a consistent flow of varied and stellar content.

In all the years we’ve been publishing The Bunk Room we’ve seen kids not only embrace the process but prevail. Our low-tech analog print magazine has been inspiring for years.

The Bunk Room

We just need more kids to sharpen their pencils and take the plunge!

As a homeschooling mom of four, along with six years of receiving hundreds and hundreds of articles from kids throughout the land, I know the platform of The Bunk Room inspires kids and families to dig deep and make it happen.

Writing has its moments of bliss, but like any creative pursuit, the honeymoon can fade quickly. That’s when we face our own demons of fear and frustration and really discover who we are.

But like an endorphin rush, once kids see their words published, and even before as they give their piece the final read-through, pride in accomplishment adds a priceless level of confidence to their being. No one can take that away.

Suddenly it clicks. Their work is relevant. It’s writing with a purpose.

Guest post by Maria Slaby, publisher of The Bunk Room, a magazine written entirely by kids.

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