The Brave Learner: Finding Everyday Magic in Homeschool, Learning, and Life

The Brave Learner: Finding Everyday Magic in Homeschool, Learning, and Life

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Overview

Publishers Weekly bestseller · A joyful and accessible homeschool guide to making learning a part of everyday life

Parents who are deeply invested in their children's education can be hard on themselves and their kids. When exhausted parents are living the day-to-day grind, it can seem impossible to muster enough energy to make learning fun or interesting. How do parents nurture a love of learning amid childhood chaos, parental self-doubt, the flu, and state academic standards?

In this book, Julie Bogart distills decades of experience—homeschooling her five now grown children, developing curricula, and training homeschooling families around the world—to show parents how to make education an exciting, even enchanting, experience for their kids, whether they're in elementary or high school.

Enchantment is about ease, not striving. Bogart shows parents how to make room for surprise, mystery, risk, and adventure in their family's routine, so they can create an environment that naturally moves learning forward. If a child wants to pick up a new hobby or explore a subject area that the parent knows little about, it's easy to simply say "no" to end the discussion and the parental discomfort, while dousing their child's curious spark. Bogart gently invites parents to model brave learning for their kids so they, too, can approach life with curiosity, joy, and the courage to take learning risks.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143133223
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/05/2019
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 15,475
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Julie Bogart is the creator of the award-winning, innovative Brave Writer program, teaching writing and language arts to thousands of families each year. She's also the host of the popular podcast "A Brave Writer's Life in Brief." Bogart homeschooled her five now grown children for seventeen years and is the founder of The Homeschool Alliance, which supports homeschooling parents through coaching and teaching.

Table of Contents

Foreword Susan Wise Bauer xv

Introduction xix

Part 1 The Enchanted Landscape of Learning

Chapter 1 Exchanted Living: Creating the Context for Magic in Our Homes 3

Chapter 2 Sparks Fly: Igniting a Passion for Learning 11

Chapter 3 Magic Doors: Lessons from Monsters and Maps 17

Part 2 Casting the Spell: The Superpowers of Brave Learning

Chapter 4 The Four Forces of Enchantment: Surprise, Mystery, Risk and Adventure 33

Chapter 5 The Four Capacities for Learning: Curiosity, Collaboration, Contemplation, and Celebration 64

Chapter 6 The Four Ports of Entry: Mind, Body, Heart, and Spirit 97

Chapter 7 Applying the Superpowers: Practical Help in Core Subjects 125

Part 3 Sustaining the Magic

Chapter 8 Liberation from School: To Schedule or Not to Schedule, That Is the Question (Answers Inside!) 165

Chapter 9 House-schooling: Recruit Your Home to Help You Educate (and That Pernicious Topic: Chores) 187

Chapter 10 The Pixie Dust of Reasonable Expectations: Embracing Our Limits 202

Chapter 11 Awesome Adulting: Expanding Our Horizons 218

Part 4 Breaking the Spell and Rekindling the Magic

Chapter 12 The Invisible Education: The Power of Family Dysfunction to Sideline Learning 235

Chapter 13 The Disenchanting Power of Doing It Right: The Dangers of Ideological Alignment and True Belief-ism in Home Education 254

Chapter 14 Reverse the Curse: How to Rekindle the Magic 266

Acknowledgments 275

Notes 279

Index 283

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