Principles for homeschool sanity: introducing Julie Bogart of The Brave Learner

Julie Bogart is the voice inside my head encouraging me, providing me practical tools, and empathizing with my homeschool experience.

To get my new homeschool year started, I’ve been rereading The Brave Learner by Julie Bogart.

If you’re new to homeschooling, I have to introduce you to Julie, because I read from her each morning before I start many of my homeschool days.



the brave learner

Here’s a sample passage from her recent “The Brave Learner.”

The principles for homeschool sanity:

Five Principles Helped Me Keep Going, she says…

1. No two years of homeschooling are ever the same.

Your children get older and change grades. Each child has a unique personality. What worked with one won’t necessarily work with the next.

2. You get bored.

Just because a curriculum is effective, doesn’t mean you must keep using it.

3. You can’t solve homeschooling.

There’s no philosophy or practice you can adopt perfectly enough to end your quest to get it right. You’ll reexamine and adapt every year.

4. Real life intrudes.

Cancer, pregnancy, foreclosure, hurricanes and fires, elderly parents, death, special needs, divorce, job transfers, military deployments…There’s no escape. In the years when a crisis hits, homeschool takes a backseat. (Don’t worry–it’s flexible enough to accommodate.)

5. A pretty good homeschool is good enough.

No matter which philosophy you adopt (as structured as classical education or as unstructured as unschooling), you’re human. Your ability to put that philosophy into action is limited. You’ll have great stretches of imagination and flow, and others where you wonder if anyone is learning anything. Your aim is not perfection, but peace and progress. That’s good enough!”

Whew, a breath of energizing air! I’m ready for a new homeschool year!



You can hear Julie in an interview on my podcast, Homeschool Mama Self-Care here:


You can purchase Julie’s books here: