how to teach kids to write: a BraveWriter review
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how to teach kids to write: a BraveWriter review

I ate up Julie Bogart’s recent book, The Brave Learner: Finding Everyday Magic in Homeschool, Learning and Life. Ten years ago, I would have inhaled it and allowed the gems of oxygen to seep into my respiratory cells, so I could breathe, really breathe in my homeschool world. So many gems of wisdom I had … Continue reading

poetry month
homeschooling / self-directed learning / write

poetry month

This September we have been studying poetry: reading it, analyzing it, writing it. Oh no, you say, my kids don’t enjoy poetry. Ditto for mine. (Or so they thought.) Build some new neural networks. Learn a new language. Become cultured. These were my original reasons for perusing snippets of William Wordsworth as part of my … Continue reading

Writing: teaching literary device using pop culture
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Writing: teaching literary device using pop culture

I  was searching for an accessible way to explain literary device when my oldest was asking for help in her final high school English class. If you’re thinking, what even is a literary device, an abbreviated, succinct version exists here: http://www.literarydevices.com/ And when you sit to watch a few of these videos, include your pop … Continue reading

the art of language: having something to say
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the art of language: having something to say

Language arts implies there is an art to learning language. It is colourful, varied, sometimes off-beat. Sometimes it’s formal, sometimes it’s not. Sometimes it’s reporting, sometimes it’s playing. This month of November, two of my daughters are participating in NaNoWriMo. National Novel Writing Month. Grammar, vocabulary, spelling, and writing lessons are on hold, while they write … Continue reading

food for creative thought: local potter David Lawson, on creativity
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food for creative thought: local potter David Lawson, on creativity

In a creativity conference I attended an artist practicing fiction writing and pottery shared his thoughts on creativity: “Everyone is creative. Certain people are not just born with creativity. You went home, opened the fridge door and made something. So let loose the judgments of others, or self,” says David Lawson. He’s got a point. Everyone finds a … Continue reading

food for creative thought: the unique contribution
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food for creative thought: the unique contribution

What is my unique contribution to the world? I relistened to a podcast by Elizabeth Gilbert interviewing Brene Brown. You are likely familiar with the author Elizabeth Gilbert. She wrote Eat, Pray, Love…and a handful of other titles. Recently, Gilbert wrote Big Magic — the next title on my reading list. It’s a book about creativity, … Continue reading