Lately, Avery has been dreading her math. She’s good at it but she just doesn’t like it. Fair enough but sorry girl, you still have to do it.
Last week, she decided that she wanted to have a painted rock sale. She has been talking about this for awhile but this particular day, she was mostly trying to get out of math. But I went with it that day. I don’t know why but instead of arguing that she had to finish math first, I just said yes. And what a great choice that turned out to be!
They designed and painted their rocks.
They made a sign.
Copywork, spelling, writing: ✔✔✔
Avery priced the rocks and calculated how much money they could make.
They waved at the cars and sat outside for hours.
They got along✔, worked together✔, and had a ton of fun✔.
Maybe we can’t throw the lessons out the window every day for a rock sale but when you can say yes, SAY YES!!
Today, we did the writing activity at the end of our Charlotte’s Web Arrow. The girls had so much fun with this and I loved seeing how their sentences evolved (this one started as “The shark is shiny.”). We ended up doing several because it was just too much fun!
I know, I know, I’m obsessed with all things Brave Writer. Sorry, not sorry.
One of my favorite things about Brave Writer is the emphasis on enchantment. One of Julie’s key phases is “An Enchanted Education.” What does that mean exactly? You can read it straight from the source here.
I am in the midst of planning and researching HOW I can add enchantment to our homeschool. I know that part of the magic is in the unplanned but I want to be sure to set my girls up with lots of opportunities when they may easily become enchanted.
For me, planning field trips and “Good-Enough-Parties” are such great ways to add opportunities for enchantment (more on Good-Enough-Parties later). The girls and I made a wish list last week of field trips that we would like to take this year. I added the usuals: Zoo, Art Museum, Science Center. Kaylee added camping. We usually do a lot of camping but daddy has been out of town this summer so we haven’t been lately. My girls are missing it and it’s clear that our camping time is some of most important, best quality family time. Avery added Texas and Alabama to the list. We’ve never been to either and I have no idea where she got the ideas for those but as soon as she said them, I knew I wanted to make at least 1 happen for her. Her dad called the next day and said his next training is going to be in Dallas…..fate? I think so! We are definitely planning to piggy back on that trip!
Our Field Trip Wish List:
But Julie is clear on the fact that enchantment doesn’t have to be these big, grand ideas. Is there enchantment to be found in letting your 6 year old decide a location and plan an across-state-lines trip? Sure! But all of that isn’t necessary. As I learned in another blog post of hers, enchantment can be as simple as using cookies as your math manipulatives, taking our read aloud to the park (or Starbucks!), or dressing up in princess costumes to do their fairy tale Jot It Down project.
I want to see all of YOUR enchanted ideas! How do you add enchantment to your school year? Any brilliant ideas for me?!
Any Brave Writer families in here?
Like many homeschool moms, I was recently evaluating the curriculum we used this year and making a plan for what we will use next. Almost all of the curriculum that we used, “worked” for us this year. Still, I couldn’t help but wonder if there was something else out there that might work even better. Something that might excite and intrigue us. There are so many homeschool curriculum options that I just want to explore them all but, nobody’s got time for that.
I consulted the school principal (aka my husband). I consulted the veteran homeschool moms in our co-op. For the most part, everyone else said that they would stick with what worked because maybe next year or the year after, it won’t work anymore and that will be the time to find a new and better option.
Wellllll, I’m not taking their advice. I really did want their opinions and I do value them but once I stumbled upon Brave Writer, I just can’t get it out of my head. Several of the things that we used this year that worked but weren’t anything special were our spelling, writing, and handwriting resources. All of those can be replaced with Brave Writer.
I’m in LUST with these ideas and lifestyle changes to integrate “curriculum” into life. I’m trying not to jump in blindly and buy a ton of stuff right off the bat (Hello, I’ve been on amazon finding THE PERFECT tea set for poetry teatime even though we already have a teaset….PUT THE CAR IN PARK, LADY!). I’m trying to go slow, I’m reading the Writer’s Jungle right now and want to finish that before anything else.
So, are you a Brave Writer family? Do you follow it all or just pick and choose components?
The tea set that I am currently swooning over!