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Our Homeschool Week in Review August 13
Blossom and Root Early Years, Blossom and Root First Grade, Our Homeschool Week in Review series

Our Homeschool Week in Review August 13 – 18

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Over the summer, I received many requests to do a regular “glimpse into our homeschool” feature. After some consideration, I’ve decided to try my best to do that this year. I love reading “journal-esque” blog posts of other homeschoolers, myself. These make me feel connected in a world that can feel somewhat isolated at times, and they can be more relatable than the “big picture” posts that typically fill the news feeds. So here we are. Welcome to our first “homeschool week in review” post! Continue Reading

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Brave Writer Lifestyle, Reading and Writing

Using Brave Writer’s Quiver of Arrows: Sarah, Plain and Tall

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It never fails to amaze me how effective simple things can be when it comes to homeschooling. Copywork–probably the most basic of concepts you could possible conceive of–can cover everything from spelling to handwriting to grammar to punctuation and composition. Dictation and French dictation–also very simple as in concept–reinforce all of these. Put them together, Continue Reading

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Brave Writer Lifestyle

A Week in the Life of a Brave Writer Family

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I’m not really sure which aspect of the Brave Writer lifestyle I fell in love with first. Was it our first poetry teatimes, calling out Shel Silverstein poems over the roar of the jungle rain? Or the permission to devour audiobook after audiobook as we drive through forests and fields together, and call it school? Or was it the idea that the excited words of my tiny daughters as they told me stories were the very first seeds of their writing selves, and that I should catch them on a page like a teacup catching rain, so they could see the significance of their ideas? Continue Reading