Relationship: The 4th “R”

The 4th R

Everyone says schooling is about Reading, ‘Riting and ‘Rithmetic. This year, let’s talk about the fourth ‘R’ in education:


Without a loving connection, learning leads to frustration and tears.

In January 2021, the Brave Learner Home is hosting an expert who will talk to us about how to enhance your connection to your scattered kids—the ones who can never find their matching shoes or forget what you asked them to do two minutes after you asked.

We kick off our Master Classes in 2021 with an overview of executive processing—what it is and why we should care. Executive processing requires a level of metacognition that our kids are still in the process of developing—yes, even our teens! Learn how to support that growth without damaging your relationship.

Mark Your Calendar

Join the Brave Learner Home and register for our webinar on:

Thursday January 14, 7:00 PM (Eastern).

We will be joined by Samantha Feinman, director of New Frontiers and Speech Therapist, Special Education Teacher, and Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Education at Pace University.

Hope to see you there!

Brave Learner Home

Friday Freewrite: Punny

Friday Freewrite Puns

Pun: a joke that uses different possible meanings of a word.

Did you know that in Scotland they use puns to name their snow plows? For example: “For Your Ice Only” and “Snowbegone Kenobi.” For today’s writing prompt, create your own punny names for an object (might be a snow plow or something else). Go!

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There Are No Shortcuts

There are No Shortcuts

Can you imagine yourself on June 1—looking back on this school year? How do you want to feel? What would you like to be able to say about your year with your kids?

Take a moment to think of one or two items.

Write them down.

One might be aspirational—we’ll get through Ancient Greece and Rome in history, Sarah will learn to read, and we’ll complete 3 writing projects.

Another might be atmospheric—we’ll incorporate more coziness, we’ll have tea times and make muffins.

Another might be philosophical—I want to implement partnering with my kids’ learning, I want to adopt a natural learning approach.

Now ask yourself:

What can I do to move in that direction now, just for today?

Check in once a week to see what you have done to move toward that end goal, that vision, that feel.

There are no shortcuts, no simple 6 steps you take to have the homeschool of your dreams. Each day, you inch closer to or away from that vision that lives in your imagination.

There will be times of doubt that make you double back to someone else’s good idea (a school’s, your mother’s, your best friend’s). But it’s never too late to pivot again and reassert the vision YOU value.

You get there one day at a time, one child at a time, one interaction at a time. It’s good that it takes time because this is your life! No reason to hurry through it. There’s no “there” to get to! There’s only this, only now, only these wonderful people in your care.

Keep going!

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

Brave Learner Home

Dart, Arrow, and Boomerang: Jan. 2021

Dart Arrow Boomerang Jan. 2021

If there is a thread that runs through the Dart, Arrow, and Boomerang issues this month, it is moving and the change that comes with it! Whether a penguin, a fox, or a young girl, a change of scenery often means adjusting to a new way of life.

As we explore the grammar, punctuation, spelling, and literary devices that make stories move, we’ll experience adjusting to a new environment right alongside our protagonists.

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Brave Writer Dart

Mr. Popper’s Penguins, Richard Atwater

Mr. Popper’s Penguins was first published in 1938. Author Richard Atwater, a newspaper columnist and one-time classics instructor, began writing the novel until serious illness forced him to stop. His wife, Florence, finished the story. Together they have created a whimsical tale that has a serious, conservationist ending, as Mr. Popper realizes the penguins must be returned to their natural habitat. Award-winning illustrator Robert Lawson provides the elegant, pen-and-ink illustrations.…

A classic of American humor, the adventures of a house painter and his brood of high-stepping penguins have delighted children for generations. ~Scholastic

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Pax, Sara Pennypacker

From bestselling and award-winning author Sara Pennypacker comes a beautifully wrought, utterly compelling novel about the powerful relationship between a boy and his fox. Pax is destined to become a classic, beloved for generations to come.

Pax and Peter have been inseparable ever since Peter rescued him as a kit. But one day, the unimaginable happens: Peter’s dad enlists in the military and makes him return the fox to the wild.

At his grandfather’s house, three hundred miles away from home, Peter knows he isn’t where he should be—with Pax. He strikes out on his own despite the encroaching war, spurred by love, loyalty, and grief, to be reunited with his fox.

Meanwhile Pax, steadfastly waiting for his boy, embarks on adventures and discoveries of his own… ~Amazon

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Brave Writer Boomerang

Other Words for Home, Jasmine Warga

Jude never thought she’d be leaving her beloved older brother and father behind, all the way across the ocean in Syria. But when things in her hometown start becoming volatile, Jude and her mother are sent to live in Cincinnati with relatives.

At first, everything in America seems too fast and too loud. The American movies that Jude has always loved haven’t quite prepared her for starting school in the US—and her new label of “Middle Eastern,” an identity she’s never known before.

But this life also brings unexpected surprises—there are new friends, a whole new family, and a school musical that Jude might just try out for. Maybe America, too, is a place where Jude can be seen as she really is.

This lyrical, life-affirming story is about losing and finding home and, most importantly, finding yourself. ~Amazon

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Friday Freewrite: Resolutions

Friday Freewrite

Do you make New Year’s Resolutions? If so, what are yours for 2021. If not, share your reasons for not making yearly goals.

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