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Homeschool Alliance: December 2019

Liberation from School

How do homeschool parents:

  • abandon the trappings of school,
  • harness the energy of home and family,
  • and help our children make authentic academic progress? 

Those are questions we love to answer in our coaching community. 

Join us in December in the Homeschool Alliance as we explore The Brave Learner’s unique approach to learning at home:

  • bingo cards,
  • planning from behind,
  • interval training,
  • and more!

Our coaching team will show you how your kids can thrive with routines rather than schedules, and how well kids respond to invitation and inspiration rather than insistence. A marathoner herself, Julie will explain how interval training can build learning stamina in our kids.

But is this really enough? 

We’ll consider concrete ways we can measure academic progress even as the role of inspiration-led learning grows. Planning from Behind with Narratives and Scatterbooking demonstrates that our children are learning “enough”—and helps us see and celebrate their progress!  

Upcoming WebinarBrave Learner Book Club: Liberation from School, Dec. 11, 2019 @ 7 PM ET

Join us!

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Homeschool Alliance: November 2019

Reclaiming Wonder in Your Child's Education

What if we encouraged wonder instead of seeking rigor? How would such a shift lead to a difference in our children’s learning? How could it change our kids’ experience of childhood and their teen years? Can an emphasis on wonder actually prepare homeschooled kids for adult life?

In November in The Homeschool Alliance, we’re thrilled to have Ainsley Arment of Wild + Free with us to share from her new book, Call of the Wild + Free: Reclaiming Wonder in Your Child’s Education.

Ainsley wants parents to value nature, story, play, curiosity and wonder as they homeschool their children, and her book shows us how various approaches to homeschooling incorporate these values.

Ainsley Arment of Wild + Free

Homeschooling parents don’t need to follow a rigid formula of any one way of homeschooling to emphasize wonder. We can craft our family culture so we slow down and make time for childhood that includes play and teen years that respect curiosity.

Let’s consider the art and science behind

  • a pedagogy of play,
  • a curriculum of curiosity,
  • the power of story,
  • the school of nature,
  • and the magic of wonder.

We’ll read about reclaiming wonder, and Ainsley will join us for our webinar 7 pm ET November 14.

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Read, Experience, Encounter

The Homeschool Alliance: Read, Experience, Encounter

Ever have that feeling of disorientation when you discover that what you thought you “knew” turned out to be inaccurate or incomplete?

I was just in New Zealand for a series of conferences. They drive on the right side of the road. Every time I stepped off the curb, I forced myself to look in the correct direction to be sure no cars were coming, but my brain led me to involuntarily double check the other direction because I couldn’t accept that no one would be coming—decades of habit are hard to overturn in a two week period of time.

When we learn, we learn in such a way that our minds organize the material so that it makes sense to us. We categorize what we see and experience. We make rapid-fire observations and with equal speed, form snap-judgments.

This happens whether we are slurping hot chocolate (and expecting a certain taste—if the milk is sour, we know it right away; if the chocolate is overdone, we scrunch our faces to show the bitterness we weren’t anticipating) or meeting a well-loved celebrity (and grappling with all the ways that person does or doesn’t match our previous mental image).

In October in the Homeschool Alliance we’re looking at “growing a mind”—how to facilitate depth in learning through

  • reading,
  • experiencing, and
  • encountering.

I’ll take us on a journey to look at the difference between scholastic study versus immersion to the extent that you are changed by what you’re learning.

We’ll learn about how we learn and grow by engaging in three different processes (these are processes I’ve designed that we use in many of our online classes). We’ll do one per week following the webinar on October 8.

We’ll do the activities first as adults and then talk about how to use them with your kids.  

It will be an amazing month of growth, fresh insight, and self-awareness. Join us!

Upcoming Webinar

  • Brave Learner Book Club: Read, Experience, Encounter, Oct 8, 2019 7 PM ET

Hope to see you in the Homeschool Alliance!

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Homeschool Alliance: September 2019

Collaboration with Compassion

Next month in the Homeschool Alliance, I am reprising my talk from the summer Brave Learner Conference called “Collaborating with Compassion.”

We’ve all discovered the power of partnering with our children—a common theme in the Homeschool Alliance.

We look for ways to:

  • connect to them,
  • honor their interests, and
  • see them as full persons already (as Charlotte Mason reminds us).

Ironically, it takes putting yourself in the center of this educational equation—as a learner—to see the fruit you crave. We talk about child-centered learning. I love that because it implies the value of the child.

But sometimes that posture paralyzes us into inaction, waiting for the child to take the lead, to complete the task, to burn with intensity unprompted or supported by us. If he really wants to learn the physics of flight, he’ll learn it. If he doesn’t, then he will stop.

In fact, that is NOT how it works. What we’ll look at in our webinar together is an idea whose time has come. What would it mean to follow your child, but to follow as your child’s leader? (Maria Montessori)

The goal for September is to become more aware of the opportunities to see from behind the eyes of our children and then to take the actions that spring from that awareness.

We’ll talk more about it September 19 at the Brave Learner Book Club webinar. Join us!

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Homeschool Alliance: August 2019

Think Like a Writer

Applying the Superpowers: Think Like a Writer

The Brave Learner reveals techniques for treating our kids like real writers. As part of The Brave Learner Book Club in the Homeschool Alliance, let’s dive deeper into how homeschooling parents can create the growth atmosphere professional writers seek—for our own kids!

We’ll look at the practices the pros use to support one another in writing workshops, and we’ll talk about how to implement those practices in classes, homeschooling, and beyond.

  • How do Brave Writer’s coaches bring out the “real writer” in their students?
  • How can parents extend that experience as they support their young writers?
  • How does Brave Writer’s approach relate to essays and college prep writing? 

Kirsten Merryman, director of Brave Writer’s online instruction, will lead our webinar this month, sharing strategies for encouraging both reluctant and willing writers to take risks and grow. 

Be sure to download our Brave Learner Companion Guide.


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