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

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  329 ratings  ·  75 reviews
A joyful and accessible approach to homeschooling that harnesses children's natural curiosity and makes learning a part of everyday life, whether they're in elementary or high school

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
Paperback, 320 pages
Published February 5th 2019 by Tarcherperigee
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Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
I wanted to love this book. I have a MS in Applied Psych, focused on educational psychology. I'm a homeschooling mom. We practice delight-directed learning. The cover art is adorable. I'm clearly sold on the premise of this book!

Unfortunately, Bogart just doesn't present the information in a way that connects with me. She gives an example of a commonly accepted idea from ed psych, say, scaffolding, without identifying it as such at the time - but then goes on to include the term "scaffolding" i
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: education
I have enjoyed listening to Julia Bogart's youtube/podcast. I have heard so many positive reviews about the Brave Writer curriculum that I have considered using it (but have not). I knew from listening to her before that she takes a neutral stand in her curriculum on religion/theology. Which I don't have a problem with as it is teaching writing not the Bible. So going into reading this book I knew it would not be from a Christian worldview. I believe she claims to be a Christian.

There are some
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Dirty bathrooms ,hiring cleaning staff ?

I really dislike the chapter on not cleaning or hiring cleaning staff .saying teenagers need to be in the world not the kitchen,saying housework is not rocket science .it all sounded so is a skill as worthy as any other .not cleaning the kids bathroom ,but if they are filthy cleaning it every quarter .ugh not for this family .you can home school and all chip in with t h e care of the home ,children's learning should be vast enough to enc
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is for anyone with a child. The ideas and suggestions for leading children to learn with delight are valuable and easy to implement. There is also plenty of encouragement for the times when, to a teacher’s dismay, education seems so mundane and dreary. It happens. Pick up and continue. I’m recommending this to homeschoolers, public schoolers, and private schoolers, and I’m planning on using what I’ve learned with my youngest child (and I’m in my penultimate year of homeschooling and wi ...more
Kristin C
Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am a new brave writer follower and I am in love with Julie’s philosophy and ideas. We think along the same lines in regard to parenting and homeschooling. This book would have been perfect, except for the fact that I have been binge listening to all of her podcasts (which I love) and the podcasts were the exact same content as her book. If I hadn’t just heard all the same stories, I would have thoroughly enjoyed the read, but I was so excited to dive in and hear from her some more, I was disap ...more
Christy Lindsay
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm giving this one 5 stars only because I can't give it 4.5. And the the things I didn't like may be the things that help another mom out there so I'll leave it at 5.

Julie gives such practical no nonsense wisdom and advise. She helps you let go of the non-essentials and helps you get your vision and focus back in track. The end of the book was invaluable in that she becomes like a homeschool therapist and helps you get to the root of maybe what's going wrong in your homeschool and how you can
Carolyn Leiloglou
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed Julie’s slew of practical suggestions. I’m not sure I, or any one person, could put them all into practice. But I think that’s the point. Rather than sticking to just one theory of education, drop the guilt, pay attention to your kids, and do what works for your family.
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book. This book!
This book was hard for me to get through. At first, I was excited about the new ideas. Then, as I got into it, I realized that what she was suggesting was so completely different from what I normally do. Changing to fit this model would be a lot of work, and would it be worth it? Why fix what ain't broke?
But we are broken. I am broken. Changes need to be made. The book made me feel guilty. And hopeless. And discouraged. I almost didn't finish.
And then, I kept reading. It's
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I think different homeschooling parents will get different ideas and advice from this book, but for me it was five stars because her ideas are already helping to breathe FRESH life into our homeschool days! Did I agree with everything? No. Being ok with kids not cleaning until they’re adults? But I loved her ways of connecting to a child, learning WITH them, and collaborating to make learning fun.
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Brave Learner is an excellent book! Julie not only gives a compelling vision of how parents can support learning at home but practical advice that one can implement right away. I had a hard time putting this book down, finishing it in three days. However, I've already begun re-reading it to glean specific ideas for implementation. Thank you, Julie, for writing such a treasure!
Heather Huson
Feb 07, 2019 rated it did not like it
Started out great, but fell flat for me pretty quickly.
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is truly wonderful but also a bit overwhelming in the sense that it makes you want to overhaul a lot and introduce all her wonderful ideas - but she encourages you to try one thing a month, to take it slow.
I am a longtime fan of Julie and her podcasts and "Gracious Space" books, and this book condenses a lot of her wonderful advice about incorporating surprise, risk, mystery, adventure, and curiosity in your homeschool. Julie knows that the best education takes place when parents and
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Whether you've homeschooled for 2 years or 20, whether your kids are in public school or private, whether you work outside the home or not, this is an invaluable resource for bringing connection, happiness, and warmth to your family. Julie's blend of humor, inspiration, and practical ideas apply to all parents, all styles, all beliefs, all backgrounds! I plan to re-read every year on principle and every time I face a moment of doubt or crisis.
Feb 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Julie Bogart’s philosophy that parent connection is more important than academic instruction is the greatest piece of homeschool advice I have ever received. It makes such a difference to know that. This book is more encouragement. I wish it would have gone into more depth about homeschooling through tricky situations, but I love the emphasis that learning happens everywhere. I enjoy her relaxed, forgiving, and flexible approach to home education.
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is everything I know deep in my heart, but forget to keep in my brain to apply daily. Julie offers wisdom and deep encouragement for the learning journey each of us is on. Will be a quarterly read for me.
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Literally EVERYTHING I want in a parenting book- reassurance & validation, tons of practical tips, sweet stories, philosophical discussion, and just all-around wisdom about parenting beyond the system— all packed to the brim with enchantment. I would recommend this to absolutely everyone.
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I thought this had a number of good points to make. Specifically the reminder to bring enchantment back into learning. Also the concept of doing Classical learning in the fall, unit studies in the winter, and nature/outdoors in the spring was freeing. We don't have to pick one style and do it all year.
Sarah Lawhorn
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow! I’m already ready to listen to/read this again!! I got the Kindle version with Audible narration, so - best of both worlds! Julie reads it to you AND you can easily highlight to reference later. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ...more
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: partially-read
Funny, I checked this book out hoping I would be able to calm my home-school-mom anxiety, but I found myself getting more and more stressed out as the pages progressed, and thinking even more seriously of just putting my kids in public school next year. (Disclosure: I’ve got a 3 month old baby). So I stopped reading. There are some great ideas here for cherry picking, and maybe sometime I’ll revisit this book. But overall, I can’t see myself adopting Bogart’s philosophies. I guess I’m just not t ...more
Elizabeth Peterson
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I don’t know when or if I’ve read a nonfiction book that has resonated with me as much as this one did. I’m in the throes of an awesome book hangover now. Excuse me while I try to figure my thoughts out, possibly cry, and copy the entire book into my commonplace journal. Highly recommend.
Mar 23, 2019 rated it liked it
I was excited to read this and I really wanted to like it more than I did! I think that if she had written of tales from her homeschooling experience and let me pick out the philosophies that stood out to me I would have really enjoyed it more. It felt repetitive or just drawn out too much maybe? (mentioning something and then in the next chapter spelling it out) I did like the quotes she chose and they have led to a reading list for me!
From hearing Julie on podcasts and reflecting on the readi
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books on homeschooling I've read. I liked that it didn't fall rigidly into any of the schools of thought of homeschooling. Didn't agree with her on her views about housekeeping or lack thereof, but everything else was palatable.
Melissa Creech
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Julie is my homeschooling guru! Yes, a lot of her stories and ideas have been shared before on her podcast and other blog writings, but it was great to have it all in one place. I especially enjoyed the audiobook version to hear her speak in her own voice. A must read for any homeschooling parent!
Feb 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Julie Bogart is such a wonderful and inspiring voice for the homeschool community! This is a little bit of big picture philosophy and a little bit of "how-to." A book that will find it's "sweet spot" with home educators, but would be a great read for brick and mortar parents and teachers, too-- or anyone who wants to find joy & enchantment in the learning process. One of my favorite aspects of the book was the stories about her own children and friends. I would have loved to have seen more s ...more
Jamie Voss
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: education
This book was far too disorganized and scattered to be helpful to me, which is a shame as there are a few sections in it that are gold. I was eager to read this, even preordering the book, but it surprisingly left me feeling flat.
Shannon Forsyth
Mar 12, 2019 rated it liked it
It’s not a bad book, it’s just not for me. It’s too “parent being whimsical” to work for this type A parent of 3 kids. There are many that will love it, but it just isn’t for me for the same reasons the “bravewriter lifestyle” isn’t. I wanted to give the book a shot, so I did. Alas, not my favorite.
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: didn-t-finish
This book had lots of good ideas but it is just TOO much for me to think about right now. I need to simplify my thinking about homeschool, not find something new.
I also feel that most of these ideas allpy after your child is a fluent reader. Not a book for the younger years.
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
A welcome voice of sanity and kindness in homeschooling circles. Build a positive relationship with your children. Recognise, follow and build on their interests. Don’t be a slave to the schedule, the curriculum or any particular homeschooling philosophy. Indeed don’t be a slave to homeschooling itself. Lots on concrete examples and actions you can take to actually implement the ideas in this book. I’d recommend this book to any homeschooler. In fact I bought it even though my homeschooling days ...more
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is such a wonderful, encouraging, practical book that deserves a place in everyone's home. Julie writes so beautifully about how we can make education enchanting and create magical learning environments for our children. And best of all - none of these ideas require a huge investment of time, money, or energy!

This book stands out for being filled with practical ideas on how to apply what she writes about, and also how to connect with our kids and put relationships first. It is a parenting b
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Julie takes a seat next to me as wise mentor yet again with her new book The Brave Learner. As a long-time reader of Julie's work, I have seen it transform my home and my children, but most importantly me, as it challenges me to carefully examine long-held beliefs and practices. This book did that once again, but with new ideas and challenges. The perfect progression of material combined with Julie's gentle, candid style made it feel just like sitting down for a conversation with a much more exp ...more
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Julie Bogart is the popular voice of common sense and compassion for home educators. Her online coaching community, The Homeschool Alliance, her podcast A Brave Writer's Life in Brief, and her YouTube channel are lifelines for tens of thousands of weary homeschoolers all over the world.

Julie’s the creator of the award-winning, innovative online writing program called Brave Writer and the fast-grow
“Enchanted education and living are all about small surprises of happy—scattered, littered, peppered throughout garden-variety days.” 0 likes
“On some intuitive level, I knew that learning had to be more than the mastery of facts. I've experienced it as an adult. I become consumed with a subject like quilting or preparing yogurt cultures, and that topic takes over my life - fabric scraps scattered on the floor, little jars of white sludge cuddled by blankets on my kitchen countertops. When I learned to play guitar in my thirties, no one had to schedule my practices. My guitar lived on a stand in the living room and I tormented our ears multiple times a day until my fingers bled. Passion for learning has that fiery, consuming, can't-stop quality.” 0 likes
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