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Having a bad day?

Homeschool Hacks for a Day Gone Wrong

In the broadcast below we talk about how to plan ahead for the next time your homeschool day needs a reset. We discuss ideas like:

  1. Clear the coffee table and put out something the kids can discover.
  2. Use real tools like crochet needles or hammer and nails and create something (with supervision).
  3. Give your kids an audio recording device and let them go.
  4. Have a backyard (or indoor!) picnic.
  5. Do a treasure hunt.
  6. Have a Poetry Teatime.

Need more help?

6 Ways to Start Your Day Over
Reboot Your Homeschool

Exploring Learning Differences: ADD, ADHD, Dysgraphia, Autism, Dyslexia

Exploring Learning Differences

In the recorded broadcast below we talk about learning differences, and I hope that our family’s journey gives you some food for thought.

I know how much it helps me to read other parents’ stories. In our case, I want to say: go with your gut. You are your child’s parent. If you suspect that there is something to look at, try out different learning contexts to discover it. And never feel badly about tailoring your child’s learning to his or her needs.

Also here’s the resource guide mentioned in the broadcast, Working Memory and Copywork.

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The Brave Writer Lifestyle: How It Worked with My Kids

How Brave Writer Lifestyle Worked with My Kids

Walk down memory lane with me and see how we practiced the Brave Writer Lifestyle in my home!

My best memories are from all the times I went off-script in home education. I followed the rabbit trails, I followed my children’s leads, and I stayed alert to great ideas from unconventional sources. I used Family Fun magazine, for instance, as a resource for educational ideas far more frequently than any traditional curriculum. Immersive experiences created the kind of education I always wanted my children to have.

In the broadcast below, I share how I did what I did with my kids and I even showcase some of their writing!

Practices Covered

  • Poetry Teatimes
  • Read Alouds
  • Copywork/Dictation
  • Art Appreciation
  • Shakespeare
  • Movies/TV
  • Nature Journaling
  • Language Games
  • Friday Freewrite
  • One on One Time
  • Writing Projects
  • Putting Your Child in the Driver’s Seat
  • Literary Elements

BONUS TIP: Party School!

Find out more about Party School here!

Stuff Every Parent Needs to Know about Reading

Reading: Stuff Every Parent Needs to Know

Reading should not be presented to children as a chore or duty.
It should be offered to them as a precious gift.
—Kate DiCamillo

In the recorded broadcast below we look at reading in all its facets:

  • Learning to read
  • Reading aloud
  • Reading poetry
  • How reading translates to good writing
  • Motivating reluctant readers
  • High school reading
  • Reading for pleasure and reading for academics

Want more? Enjoy these Brave Writer blog posts:

Reading Aloud Matters

When Kids have Trouble Reading

5 Ways to Encourage Reading

A Gracious Space: Fall LIVE

A Gracious Space: Fall Readings LIVE on Facebook Sept. 2016
My phone is ringing, my email dinging. Every day I get to talk with many of you about the coming start to the new school year (here in the northern hemisphere). If I could pop through the looking glass and join you in your living room, I’d happily do it!

Short of that, I thought it might be nice to read my daily reading book together on Facebook. The book is:

A Gracious Space: Fall

Daily readings to sustain your homeschooling commitment
A Gracious Space: FallI’ve written 50 essays of encouragement to read each morning or right before bed (or whenever you need a boost).

I’m going to

Read an Essay a Day on Facebook Live

Starting Tuesday September 6th!

I’ll wake up, read the essay on Facebook, and then discuss it for a few minutes. You can watch live or on replay, make comments, or ask questions. We’ll build a little momentum through the month to keep you motivated and supported.

The book is available in two formats:

A Gracious Space: Fall (print)
A Gracious Space: Fall (digital)

Want to try out A Gracious Space: Fall?

Grab 5 FREE daily readings here!

To join me on Facebook Live, you will want to get the notifications! It’s not as easy as it should be, but here’s a little trick I learned.

Go to the Facebook page and “Like” it (blue arrow). Then Click on the drop down arrow and click on “See First” (red oval and arrow). This will make the notifications appear in your feed every time I post or go live. Next, check “All On (All Posts, Events, Live Videos)” (green arrow and oval).

Facebook notifications

Taking this step will ensure that you never miss a live broadcast again! I know it’s been tricky to find them.

See you September 6th as we disrupt the back to school narrative and forge a new homeschool path!