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A Brave Writer's Life In Brief

The Brave Writer podcast is a big juicy conversation about how to bring learning to life for your kids! Julie Bogart and guests talk about how parents and children are partners in the learning adventure, especially when approaching the daunting task of writing. Brave Writer appeals to homeschoolers, educators, and parents who want more out of "school" than merely passing tests. Visit us at http://bravewriter.com and follow along at the blog for show notes: http://blog.bravewriter.com
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Jan 14, 2019

Our guest Myah St. John homeschools three children (plus a newborn), and her oldest child, 14, is on the verge of high school. Myah’s always embraced a one-room schoolhouse model for her family, but she finds herself floundering trying to balance high school with elementary school... and as her teenage daughter starts to become a young woman.

 

Why do our children become these people we don’t understand? How do they transform so quickly from a young kid happy to be part of the team to a young adult with their own opinions, wants, and needs – which they are more than happy to share with us, loudly?

 

We don’t always think about this transition in our children’s lives, but eventually, your pleasant young children will become teens, and they’ll start trying to figure out how they can be individuals in a homeschool household. This can be a big challenge, for both your and your child, but Julie is here to offer a helping hand.

 

You can download show notes for the podcast here: http://blog.bravewriter.com/category/podcasts/

 

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Jan 7, 2019

Jessica Hammond is a homeschooling mother of two who feels conflicted as she tries to spin half a dozen plates. She has a laundry list of passion projects and hobbies, and she wants to be able to devote time and energy on those passions without feeling guilty.

 

“I want to be present and engaged with my kids during our days. But I also want to accomplish interesting projects of my own. And right now, it feels a constant tug of war between the two, Jessica says. “How can I adjust my mindset and trust that I really am going to get enough time for all of it?”

 

Sound familiar? With your various roles as a parent, spouse, and home educator, have you ever stopped and wondered where your own personal fulfillment fits in? How to nurture your Awesome Adult self?

 

If so, then our talk with Jessica will help you, too.

 

You can download show notes for the podcast here: http://blog.bravewriter.com/category/podcasts/

 

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Dec 24, 2018

Jardel Manalo is a homeschooling mother of five, ranging from the ages of two to 12, who also opened her school doors to a wonderful 12-year-old young woman named Samantha.

 

That’s a lot of children at a lot of different stages in life – a situation we know many of you can relate to – and that can create a lot of pressure for us to perform, both as parents and teachers.

 

Jardel says, “I don't feel like I am able to connect with each of my children daily, both personally and academically ... Is this ok? Often, it leaves me feeling like such a failure because I'm failing at connecting with some of the kids ALL the time.”

 

You’re not a failure, Jardel, and neither are any of you reading – but for your own sanity, you might need to adjust your expectations.

 

You can download show notes for the podcast here: http://blog.bravewriter.com/category/podcasts/

 

Resources:

  • Want help getting started with Brave Writer? Head over to bravewriter.com/getting-started
  • Preorder Julie’s upcoming book at thebravelearner.com (releasing Feb. 5th, 2019)
  • Looking to kickstart your writing program this school year? Download the FREE 7-Day Writing Blitz (and tag your creative young writers using #BWBlitz on Twitter & Instagram!)

 

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Dec 17, 2018

Karen Goldstein and her son Elijah are struggling with the difficult transition into high school. It can be a challenge to fit in the oftentimes-rigorous high school work while still allowing breathing room for a laid-back, enjoyable lifestyle – and holding on to the love of learning throughout it all!

 

“More subjects leaves less time for in-depth exploration, field trips, time in nature, rabbit trails, and down time. I miss that. There is only so much time in a given day. We are both working harder than ever,” Karen says. “Working hard isn't a bad thing but I am wondering how to make high school feel smoother?”

 

You can download show notes for the podcast here: http://blog.bravewriter.com/category/podcasts/

 

Resources:

  • Want help getting started with Brave Writer? Head over to bravewriter.com/getting-started
  • Preorder Julie’s upcoming book at thebravelearner.com (releasing Feb. 5th, 2019)
  • Looking to kickstart your writing program this school year? Download the FREE 7-Day Writing Blitz (and tag your creative young writers using #BWBlitz on Twitter & Instagram!)

 

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Dec 10, 2018

Today’s guest, Jennifer Hunter, is a mother struggling with a problem that afflicts many homeschooling parents.

 

Jennifer says, “My homeschool challenge is that I am lonely! My kids are all young, and while I am honoured to be spending my days helping them learn, it isn’t always stimulating for me.”

 

We expect this is something that every homeschooling parent experiences at one point or another. We all love our kids, of course, but it can be difficult to connect with other families, or even just our personal friends, when they operate on a completely different schedule.

 

But it’s also really important that we do because community is a critical part of our mental health! Luckily, though, Julie has been there and done that, and she has some great tips for finding communities online and in your area.

 

You can download show notes for the podcast here: http://blog.bravewriter.com/category/podcasts/

 

Resources:

  • Want help getting started with Brave Writer? Head over to bravewriter.com/getting-started
  • Preorder Julie’s upcoming book at thebravelearner.com (releasing Feb. 5th, 2019)
  • Looking to kickstart your writing program this school year? Download the FREE 7-Day Writing Blitz (and tag your creative young writers using #BWBlitz on Twitter & Instagram!)

 

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Dec 3, 2018

There’s a dilemma that plagues every homeschooling parent’s mind at some point in their journey, filling threads online and conversations in person: How can we make learning fun?

 

And then the natural follow up question comes up: Do we have to make learning fun? Because the truth is that education won’t be fun 100 percent of the time.

 

This is the dilemma brought to us by our guest Anne Trott, who asked how she can push through these challenging moments and teach perseverance, without hurting her relationship or connection with her kids.

 

It’s a fine line some days, but Julie has some advice to guide you through the difficult days!

 

You can download show notes for the podcast here: http://blog.bravewriter.com/category/podcasts/

 

Resources:

  • Want help getting started with Brave Writer? Head over to bravewriter.com/getting-started
  • Preorder Julie’s upcoming book at thebravelearner.com (releasing Feb. 5th, 2019)
  • Want to kickstart your writing program this school year? Download the FREE 7-Day Writing Blitz (and tag your creative young writers using #BWBlitz on Twitter & Instagram!)

 

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Nov 26, 2018

Jenniver Vetter is a brave mother of six who has been homeschooling for nine years. She has embraced the emphasis on relationship and freedom in learning that homeschooling offers, but she worries that her children also need to learn skills that don’t lend themselves as easily to fort building and play.

 

Jennifer asked, “How do I balance the love and creative side of learning with the nuts, bolts and rules side of learning?”

 

We know this is a big question in the Brave Writer community, but Julie has a few ideas for how homeschoolers can meet both of those goals.

 

You can download show notes for the podcast here: http://blog.bravewriter.com/category/podcasts/

 

Resources:

  • Want help getting started with Brave Writer? Head over to bravewriter.com/getting-started
  • Preorder Julie’s upcoming book at thebravelearner.com (releasing Feb. 5th, 2019)
  • Want to kickstart your writing program this school year? Download the FREE 7-Day Writing Blitz (and tag your creative young writers using #BWBlitz on Twitter & Instagram!)

 

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Nov 19, 2018

In this day and age, we are so connected to technology. We carry these magic little screens with us everywhere – and if you’re anything like us, it can start to feel like a third arm! We use them for work and for entertainment, and when our kids see us using these tools, they want to use them too.

 

But what is too much screen time for our children, and what is an appropriate use of that time?

 

Today we’re going to explore those questions with our guest Lindsay McCarthy, a homeschooling mother of a boy and a girl ages nine and five. Lindsay also runs a Facebook community called The Miracle Morning for Parents and Families.

 

When Lindsay reached out for help, she said, “One of my biggest struggles is how to help my kids love to read when they are bombarded with easier ways of entertainment and fact-finding due to technology.

 

“We have a limit for them of 2 hours of screen time a day, but often get complaints from them when we enforce that rule. I'd love some tips on how to balance technology in our homeschool.”

 

So how do we foster a family culture that values what technology offers, without allowing it to take over? Listen to find out.

 

You can download show notes for the podcast here: http://blog.bravewriter.com/category/podcasts/

 

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Nov 12, 2018

Today we’re going to talk to a brave mother who wants to support her children’s dreams, is inspired by everything she’s learned about on Brave Writer... but feels stumped. She wants her family to be immersed in a culture of learning, without always being in “school mode,” but she’s struggling to figure out how.

 

That brave mother is Christa Gregg, a homeschool mother of three children with a Master’s degree in social work and a background in counseling.

 

You can download show notes for the podcast here: http://blog.bravewriter.com/category/podcasts/

 

Resources:

  • Want help getting started with Brave Writer? Head over to bravewriter.com/getting-started
  • Preorder Julie’s upcoming book at thebravelearner.com (releasing Feb. 5th, 2019)
  • Want to kickstart your writing program this school year? Download the FREE 7-Day Writing Blitz (and tag your creative young writers using #BWBlitz on Twitter & Instagram!)

 

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Nov 5, 2018

Over the past four seasons, our help inbox has been flooded with What Abouts: What about the kid who won’t work hard? What about college? What about chores?

 

There are vexing dilemmas that come up in a lot of our home education journeys, and they can lead to a lot of questions and self-doubt. Homeschooling is hard! We get it, and we’re here to help.

 

So we’re calling this season Ask Julie because Julie Bogart is here to help you figure these questions out, while discussing all the ways you can improve your experience of being home with your kids!

 

We’d like to thank the wonderful parents who have given us permission to see the insides of their family lives. It’s incredibly brave to expose their insecurities and feelings of inadequacy so that we can grow together, and we’re honored that they shared their time.

 

So each episode of this season will feature a parent’s or a group of parents’ dilemma, their conversation with Julie, and a follow-up communication sharing how it all turned out.

 

If you’re thinking that all sounds wonderful, but how can I get all of these ideas in one convenient place – well, you’re in luck! Julie has a new book coming out, The Brave Learner: Finding Everyday Magic in Homeschool, Learning, and Life, which will be published on February 5th, 2019.

 

So let’s meet our first parent, Tammy Kim, who brings forward one of the most common and vexing of homeschool dilemmas: she is experiencing a sense of overwhelm and worry over her effectiveness as a homeschool educator!

 

You can download show notes for the podcast here: http://blog.bravewriter.com/category/podcasts/

 

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Oct 1, 2018

Our guest MacKenzie Koppa (aka Bold Turquoise) is the creator of a slew of resources for families: the Cultivating the Lovely podcast, the Lovely Homeschool online course, and the brand new The Same Page podcast.

 

The Same Page is practically designed with Brave Writer families in mind. The core of each episode is memory work encompassing poetry, Shakespeare, historical facts, and scripture.

 

So in five minutes or less, you can get a spoonful of great literature and, over the course of multiple episodes, you and your family can memorize them while enjoying a shared experience.

 

You can download show notes for the podcast here: http://blog.bravewriter.com/category/podcasts/

 

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Sep 24, 2018

Homeschooling changes when you transition into the scary world of teenagers, so today I want to discuss teens in general and what you can expect from a homeschool with teenagers.

 

After home births, breastfeeding, babywearing, cosleeping, and having a wonderfully close relationship with her young children, Julie thought that she would seamlessly move into the teen years and escape all of the weirdness that other families talk about. Their family was so tuned in, so it was going to be different.

 

Then Julie had a rude awakening!

 

But even if there are difficult and distant moments, hold onto the memories of when you were close and know that you will be close again – you just have to weather the storm.

 

You can download show notes for the podcast here: http://blog.bravewriter.com/category/podcasts/

 

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Sep 17, 2018

Before Julie started Brave Writer, she worked as a freelance writer, freelance magazine editor, and a ghostwriter – which is to say, yes, you can simultaneously pursue a dream or passion and homeschool!

 

Whether you want to earn money, go to grad school, start a business, or write a blog, you can do that and still be a phenomenal homeschooling parent.

 

In today’s episode, Julie shares some of her experiences in developing a working lifestyle, as well as what it feels like to earn money while being a woman and a home educator.

 

You can download show notes for the podcast here: http://blog.bravewriter.com/category/podcasts/

 

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Sep 10, 2018

After working with parents for years, we have learned that there is often a reluctance to giving your own efforts to your child’s writing. But kids with parents who are involved in their education get better grades, and as a result, they feel more successful – and children who receive no support end up performing worse.

 

Because parental involvement in education is what produces the greatest results in children!

 

You can download show notes for the podcast here: http://blog.bravewriter.com/category/podcasts/

 

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Sep 3, 2018

There’s a difference between correct writing and good writing. You can check off all the boxes and put together a series of grammatically correct sentences, but does that engage the reader and make them want to keep reading? Probably not!

 

Even academic writing, at its best, should compel the reader – that’s it’s #1 job!

 

But many popular writing curricula keep perpetuating myths about good writing, and today we’re going to bust them!

 

You can download show notes for the podcast here: http://blog.bravewriter.com/category/podcasts/

 

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Aug 27, 2018

One of Julie’s most popular talks is called “Updating Charlotte Mason to the 21st Century,” so when she stumbled upon Leah Boden – AKA Modern Miss Mason – Julie knew that she had found a kindred spirit.

 

You can download show notes for the podcast here: http://blog.bravewriter.com/category/podcasts/

 

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Aug 20, 2018

Imagine this scene: your child is reading a book, and they’ve been reading for a few months now. Suddenly, you think, “What if I had taught them to read this other way? What if I had used this other philosophy from the beginning? What if my child were in school?”

 

When the "what ifs" show up, they can trigger worry, envy, and despair – and they can show up everywhere – but that isn’t serving you or your children!

 

So how can we keep these “what ifs” from derailing our homeschools? Today I want to address some of the big ones that tend to pop up in our lives.

 

You can download show notes for the podcast here: http://blog.bravewriter.com/category/podcasts/

 

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Brave Writer is produced by Podcast Masters

Aug 13, 2018

We recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Barbara Oakley, Ph.D., educator, writer, engineer, and perhaps most importantly, a female Indiana Jones!

 

Barbara’s work focuses on the complex relationships between neuroscience and social behavior, and we think that any Brave Writer fan is also going to be a fan of Barbara’s newest book – Learning How to Learn: How to Succeed in School Without Spending All Your Time Studying; A Guide for Kids and Teens – which teaches kids and teens simple tricks for learning difficult subjects, even if they don’t feel like they’re “good students.”

 

You can download show notes for the podcast here: http://blog.bravewriter.com/category/podcasts/

 

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Aug 6, 2018

Do you ever feel stressed out talking about home education philosophies? When Unschooling, Classical Education, or Charlotte-Mason come up, do you ever feel like you’re going to have to defend yourself? Have you ever felt this way in an academic homeschooling community?

 

It’s weird, isn’t it?

 

In this episode, Julie discusses the importance of safe communities, the dangers of ideological purity, the red flags she saw around Unschooling, and three principles for a healthy education.

 

You can download show notes for the podcast here: http://blog.bravewriter.com/category/podcasts/

 

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Brave Writer is produced by Podcast Masters

Jul 30, 2018

Before getting into the topic of this episode – the top 10 things to have done by the end of highschool – we want to make something clear: you can’t teach your children everything by the time they’re 18.

 

As a matter of fact, your education wasn’t finished when you turned 18, either!

 

It’s okay to save or discover some things in adulthood. And truly, life would be so much less satisfying if learning and growth just stopped when we turned 18.

 

Homeschooling is, as Charlotte Mason says, providing a feast of ideas and giving your children the opportunity to sample many things, while developing confidence in their own self-educating powers.

 

That said, there are still some things that all parents probably want to equip their children with before the end of high school – and today we’re going to talk about them!

 

You can download show notes for the podcast here: http://blog.bravewriter.com/category/podcasts/

 

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Jul 23, 2018

A disclaimer for this episode: we are not trained experts and our specialty is not special needs, so anything we share today is based on our own efforts to do research and learn from other trained efforts. So nothing in this episode should be considered clinical diagnosis or expert referral – this is all parent-to-parent sharing.

 

And Julie’s children are all adults now, so the stories she has to share come from the perspective of someone who has already made it to the other side and can see how it all worked out.

 

You can download show notes for the podcast here: http://blog.bravewriter.com/category/podcasts/

 

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Jul 16, 2018

Are you a happy family… or are you not? Today, we hope to solve that dilemma!

 

There’s a temptation to only consider the family identity when we think about our families, and that can be a wonderful identity to share!

 

But a family is a collection of individuals and we can’t forget that. The friction of human beings living in a family space together is always going to feel a little bit like controlled chaos – and it’s totally okay if that’s the way that it is!

 

However, making space for everyone in your family to have some of your focused attention and some alone time or downtime is the challenge, particularly for big families. So how can we leverage the unique benefits of homeschooling to do that – and what should we avoid?

 

You can download show notes for the podcast here: http://blog.bravewriter.com/category/podcasts/

 

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Jul 2, 2018

We often see families join Brave Writer or The Homeschool Alliance who get excited about this style of living, but then we struggle to find other like-minded individuals out there in the world.

 

Even in the homeschooling community, there can be a big disconnect between your theory of education and a friend’s. This may be someone you like personally, but they have a different vision of homeschool and it causes a little bit of conflict.

 

There are a few types of friends that you’ll want to cultivate in your homeschooling life, and today we want to share principles and stories that will help you do that.

 

You can download show notes for the podcast here: http://blog.bravewriter.com/category/podcasts/

 

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Jun 25, 2018

Today we want to talk about the roles in our families – and the incredible power of choice. We delve into the labels and roles we use to characterize our kids, how those may limit our children, and how to let young people explore who they want to be through choice.

 

Homeschooling is an empowering choice, and we can leverage that power to provide the best learning environment for our kids!

 

You can download show notes for the podcast here: http://blog.bravewriter.com/category/podcasts/

 

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Jun 18, 2018

Julie spends a lot of time looking at the homeschooling zeitgeist, and she notices a common theme coming up every so often: the search for the one thing that’s going to magically create a flawless homeschool.

 

But really we shouldn’t be aiming for perfection – we should be aiming for progress!

 

You can download show notes for the podcast here: http://blog.bravewriter.com/category/podcasts/

 

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