Boomerang Book Club: June 2020

Boomerang Book Club

Teenagers are invited to join our virtual book discussion club, conducted entirely online in the Brave Writer classroom.

Our book discussions are drawn from rich works of fiction that will easily fulfill the English credit requirement for literature for a year of high school.

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Here’s what we’re reading in June in the Boomerang Book Club: Lord of the Flies, William Golding. Penguin Books Reissue Edition, 2003. 224 pages.

Before The Hunger Games, there was Lord of the Flies. A group of schoolboys is stranded on a deserted island after a plane crash. The lure of adventure free of adult supervision quickly gives way to fear as the boys start to turn on each other. Labeled a parable, an allegory, a myth, a morality tale, a parody, a political treatise, even a vision of the apocalypse, Lord of the Flies has established itself as a true classic.

Purchase the novel here.

Boomerang Book Club

You May Be Right

You May Be Right

“Whatever you resist, persists.” -Carl Jung

You know that feeling when you’re upset, and someone tries to talk you out of it? Are you like me? Do you double down on your opinion, do you want the other person to simply hear you, to accept as valid for you a negative feeling or analysis?

Yeah, same for your kids. And yet we parents resist their perspectives with such ease.

  • It will only take five minutes!
  • Try it! You’re gonna love it.
  • It’s not that hard.
  • Once you get started, you’ll be glad you did it.
  • That’s ridiculous!

What follows? Resistance. Now your child not only disagrees with you, but feels bent on proving to you the rightness of his or her opinion.

What would happen, though, if you tried this magic phrase: “You may be right?”

Do we need our children to agree with us in order for them to follow through on eating breakfast or finishing their math work or making the bed?


“I hate making my bed. I’m just going to get in it again tonight. It’s stupid.”
“You may be right! See you downstairs in five.”

“I wish I never had to learn math. It’s too hard!”
“You may be right! Let’s do the next one together.”

We can give our kids the dignity of their unique experience. We don’t have to cheerlead them into a false positivity. They can make a bed AND think it’s pointless. They can learn math WHILE wishing they didn’t have to.

Most often, feelings are passing. Feelings are not facts. They just need to be

  • heard,
  • accepted,
  • and folded into what you are already doing.

If the negativity is profound, you might say: “You may be right. Let’s take a break to think about it.”

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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Friday Freewrite: Testy Toaster

Friday Freewrite

Your toaster is being difficult. It burns the bread one time then ejects it too soon the next. Share your grievances with your unruly appliance, and write the conversation.

New to freewriting? Check out our online guide.

Be More of Who YOU Are

Be More of Who YOU Are

What would it look like to be more of you in your homeschool?

Indulge your sense of humor, if that’s your personality.

Organize the day ahead of time, if that’s what helps you.

Enjoy your gifts:

  • math,
  • science,
  • art,
  • acting,
  • logic,
  • writing,
  • music,
  • foreign language,
  • technology,
  • history,
  • crafting,
  • baking,
  • literature…

Dive deep, and give time to what you love.

If who you are is self-disciplined, you don’t have to become loosey-goosey. If who you are is a free-spirit, you’re not required to lesson plan.

Imagine what your homeschool could be if you affirmed your strengths and allowed yourself to maximize their value for your children.

Working hard to correct what you consider to be flaws is not proof of a quality homeschool. Executing your weaknesses poorly yet with discipline doesn’t equal a satisfying education.

A quality homeschool experience is grounded in your

  • passion,
  • joy,
  • and competence.

Lean in to what makes YOU amazing and watch your homeschool flourish. 

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

The Homeschool Alliance

Summer Class Registration 2020!

Brave Writer Summer Online Classes

Save the Date:

June 1, 2020 Noon Eastern

We’re excited to get to know you and your kids this summer! Jump in!

Let’s help you launch a great summer of writing and reading with our Brave Writer online classes.

People ask me all the time which class they should take. 

Here’s the skinny:

  • If you are new to Brave Writer and you want to get oriented to being your child’s writing coach, or you have a reluctant writer under 14—start with The Writer’s Jungle Online.
  • If you have a high school student: start with a Movie Discussion Club for teens who hate writing. Start with Essay Prep for teens who are willing to write. 
  • If you want to enroll lots of kids at once for a single price, check out our family classes. Our summer family class is Groovy Grammar Workshop.
  • If you have a willing writer, look at the class descriptions with your child and let that child have a say in which class he or she takes.

All Summer Online Classes

Open for Registration Noon Eastern on June 1

Check out the summer schedule here. Then make your plan!

  • Family Classes (you pay one tuition price, and ALL your kids are enrolled in the class)
  • Parent-Child Classes (where you enroll with your child to learn how to create a writing partnership)
  • Student Classes (direct instruction for your child)
  • New! Adult Classes (where you can exercise your awesome adulting skills)

Our classes last 3-6 weeks and do not require you to log in at a specific time of day. Participate when it is convenient for you.

Find out why our classes are award-winning and sell-out popular! 

We’ve got something for everyone. 

If you still have questions about which class is right for your child, we invite you to send an email to our Help Desk ( Our friendly, knowledgeable staff will be glad to give you suggestions that are just right for your family!

Brave Writer Summer Writing Classes