Earlier today I was introducing some math curriculum options to my 9 year old for this upcoming school year and she wasn’t very interested in any of them. So I asked her what she did want and she said she just wanted me to teach her. She didn’t want to follow a book or online program. In the moment I swallowed my pride and explained the I am not all knowing and thus felt like I needed the curriculum to act as a guide. Plus, I was hoping that she would like the curriculum enough to do some independent study. So I was feeling stumped. After putting kids to bed tonight I turned on the Brave Writer podcast and listened to Out of the classroom: Brave Schooling. While listening I had an ‘aha!’ moment. The idea of Brave Schooling finally clicked and I realized that I had been viewing curriculum backwards; as the means to an end instead a tool to assist on our journey as needed. This whole episode was excellent and got me even more excited to join the Brave Writer community as a new Brave Schooling family this fall.
Inspiring, clear, and useful
I will be homeschooling this fall due to COVID, and I felt absolutely overwhelmed with the glut of information and curriculum choices. I listened to one episode and *immediately* felt more empowered and focused. After binge listening, I can wholeheartedly recommend this podcast.
Julie is both big picture and nitty gritty practical. She’s funny, she’s insightful, she has excellent discernment, and she has a perfect podcast presence — just delightful. I’ve laughed and been moved to tears. I feel like I’m sitting across from her, just drinking tea and getting wisdom from a close friend.
If I homeschool my children after this pandemic subsides, it will be because of Julie Bogart.
Reassuring and Informative
I’ve been homeschooling for over ten years and Julie’s warm, compassionate, walk along beside you style has been a constant on my journey. I know I wouldn’t have the courage to homeschool high school without the reassuring encouragement of the Brave Writer team. Whether you are a new homeschooler or a veteran, Brave Writer has something of value for everyone. This podcast is well worth your time not just to help be an effective educator but also a connected parent and an awesome adult!
So informative and realistic. A breath of fresh air.
I was introduced to this podcast from another homeschooling podcast. Everything I hear is a breath of fresh air that tells me, “relax mom, you’ve got this! Enjoy the benefits of home and the learning will take place naturally.” Thank you for tips, ideas and strategies for each of my individual kids.
The more I listen to Brave Writer, the more I want to listen. Even topics I don’t think will apply to me. Julie has such a positive, enthusiastic and caring manner - she has helped our homeschool become a more positive, fun experience. I can’t say enough about what an encouragement her words have been for me as a homeschool mom. Thank you Brave Writer team!
My Favorite Podcast!
This is by far the most helpful podcast for my homeschooling journey. It also has a lot just for parenting in general. Julie has a special skill of putting me at ease while also encouraging me to do better, giving me ideas, but not overwhelming me. And that's saying a lot, coming from me! She also is a deep thinker, clearly with honesty and integrity, as epecially displayed in the most recent episode "What are the risks of homeschooling?" I related very much to that one. Thank you so much Julie!
I <3 Julie
I have listened to every single episode of Julie Bogart's podcast, and as far as advice for parenting, adulting, and homeschooling, she knocks it out of the park every time. My children are too young for formal schooling right now, but I've been planning on homeschooling them since before they were born, and all of Julie's advice, shared experience, and recommended resources have given me so much confidence and understanding of what is to come.
I just finished listening to Julie’s “Love + Collaboration in Learning” episode and it was so insightful. As a homeschool mom with nine years experience I find I still have so much to learn. Some days it feels it will take a lifetime to “de-school” myself from my own public school experience. Episodes like this one give me hope that I can continue to make positive changes in the way I homeschool. Thank you, Julie, for sharing your insights. :)
Julie Bogart is chicken soup for the soul!
From Dorado, PR
I absolutely adore Julie and her approach to writing, home education, and family! I always say to my friends, with kids who are older than mine, please write notes about the do’s and don’ts of raising kids and pass them back. That’s what this podcast is! It’s an opportunity to sit and chat with your friend who has been there and done that and is willing to share all that she knows. Thank you so much, Julie, for giving so generously of yourself! I’ve learned so much from you! Keep up the great work!
Brilliant, tender, charismatic and wise
I am a stay at home mother living in Barcelona this year with my family. I have begun to long to homeschool my children, but my husband is not open to it. I found my way to the Brave Writer podcast through a gifted homeschooling mother who I admire very much from Colorado, where we will return in the summer.
It has been a challenging and lonely year for me, not having many friends or any family here and discovering Julie Bogart has been a deep inspiration, support and distraction.
Everyday while I listen to her as I do housework and attempt to prepare stimulating activities for my kids when they are with me, around their school days and on the weekends, I find myself laughing aloud at her witty sense of humor, touched at her tenderness, incredibly entertained by her charisma and wisdom. I envy her five children for the precious education that they were so blessed to receive from her in person for so many years. And I am unspeakably grateful to Julie for being so courageous in sharing herself and her many gifts so generously and so honestly with the world. I have rarely learned so much, so quickly, so effortlessly. She truly understands just how to engage people of all ages and how to make it all incredibly enjoyable. Julie, I think of you as one part friend, one part spiritual/educational sage and one part rare gem of a therapist.
I am so excited to begin our family’s poetry tea time ritual, and your poetry tea time book arrived at our home recently. And as soon as we return to live in the States, I hope to take a number of your Brave Writer courses.
If you’re looking for a homeschool mentor this is it
I’m just starting my homeschool journey and this podcast has been so helpful in mentoring me along. Every time I listen I come away with a small step I can take to improve the culture of my home and the quality of my communication for our school and family. I am so thankful to have access to Julie’s wisdom and experience.
Exactly what our family needs
I am so grateful for Julie’s wisdom as the mother of 5 grown homeschooled children. Her words always seem to get at the heart of what my own family is struggling with, whether it is homeschool related or not. She has really profound insights into family relationships to share, and then she manages to translate those insights into practical tips for her listeners to implement in our own homes. Thank you Julie for bringing your voice to this community!
My weekly inspiration and therapy
This is the most relevant, inspired and compassionate podcast on all things homeschooling, writing, parenting and just enjoying life more in general. Whenever I feel stressed, I turn on an episode and feel immediately better. Listening to Julie is like getting hundreds of dollars worth of therapy and life coaching for free. ❤️
Nothing short of therapeutic
I have never read a book or listened to a podcast that is so practical, relevant and useful and at the same time is so encouraging, therapeutic and lovely. Highly recommend.
Embracing the elements of home
embracing the journey
Once again- Julie is cheering you on in your homeschool journey, but in a whole new way! She combines her skill, encouragement, and experience, as your guide- and and it’s such a good guide 😀. She walks along side you and your family with practical, realistic ways to make homeschool connections and learning warm, comfortable, and delightful. She is an exceptional source of encouragement! Thank you so much!!
I was so excited to see a new podcast this morning! Julie inspires me daily and listening to her enthusiasm about any topic is refreshing! What a story she shared of her 20 years of Brave Writer and following her dream. Every podcast episode is fantastic!
Like having a homeschool mentor on my iPhone
The BraveWriter podcast always offers the encouragement and wisdom I need to grow as a parent, homeschooler, and person. Julie feels like my own personal mentor.
Serious ❤️ health boost
I was homeschooled K-12 in one of those ultra religious families, and am now homeschooling my own 4 kids in our definitely not ultra religious family.
This podcast is such a beautiful source of healing for my past and hope for my present. I always walk away feeling revived and with something practical I can apply to my life.
Julie has so much practical insight into life, parenting, and education, and she has a gift for putting it into words. So grateful she is taking the time to share these gifts with the world.
Always full of gold nuggets!
Every podcast is a joy. I’ve learned so much & grown so much since listening.
I am so grateful to have found Julie and Brave Writer so early in my homeschool journey. I have gone back to the beginning of the podcast and listened from start to finish and I have to say, something in my spirit just knows that what I’m hearing is true. This approach to homeschooling gives me a sense of grounding. It helps me identify my own philosophy and provides a community that spurs me on and offers resources. There is a sense of freedom in the choices I make while also feeling confident that my feet are on a firm foundation. Thank you for sharing your passion and experience with us. I am truly grateful!
This podcast has been absolutely inspirational
Thank you so much for this podcast Julie! I have absolutely been encouraged and inspired by listening to your words of wisdom and insight. I have even been brought to tears at times because of what you have said. This podcast and your book The Brave Learner have come to me exactly when I needed them in this season of life. Thank you for helping me to learn to relax and trust myself and my children, our choice to homeschool and ultimately connect with the child in front of me. Thank you for using your gift of wisdom and encouragement and sharing with others.
I’m so thankful to have found this podcast! I am more of a box checker than a list maker, and have been trying to implement a freestyle learning atmosphere in our home for years. There are so many great ideals out there (“Math is a beautiful language, a melody!” ...what!?) that grab at my heart, but have no boxes for me to check. I love how Julie gives completely practical advice on how to achieve these beautiful styles of learning for the stuck-in-a-box, daughter-of-a-public-school-teacher people like me. I‘m so encouraged to go in to this next school year and feel like I have the tools, for the first time ever, to achieve my number one goal in homeschooling: reaching my children’s hearts. THANK YOU!!
I love love LOVE these calls where Julie helps homeschooling moms with an issue.
Every single episode has helped me in some way.
HR in TX
Every time I listen to this podcast I feel like I gain all these incredible nuggets of wisdom. Thank you so much for the wisdom, inspiration, and positivity. I can’t get enough! Thank you for all you do!! And thank you everyone behind the scenes that make this podcast possible. You are such a blessing to me!
Love this podcast
Julie’s confidence is contagious. It’s her reassurance and encouragement that inspires so many listeners. I always listen to this podcast weekly and always have something to take away from her words. She’s restored my faith in homeschool when I wanted to quit, and I recommend this podcast to almost every person I talk to.
Julie is my Awesome Adulting Mentor!
From education to Awesome Adulting, Julie Bogart has the uncanny ability to meet us where we are on our Adulting journey - be it as home educators, parents, sisters, daughters, and bring us into her fold of permission to be ourselves while helping us to choose our relationships over all else. Julie’s love of people and being a life coach and mentor has been a gift - no ads or Patreon subscriptions — just amazing content. Thank you so much for all your encouragement through the years, Julie!!
Now I’m sad I’ve listened to them all... but no worries! I’ll just listen to my favorites again. So good and so encouraging.
Julie has built an amazing and inspiring educational and mothering brand! Her podcast is always heartfelt and passionate. Her advice is never condescending. She really wants us and our kids to succeed! Listening to this podcast always picks me up when I'm down and inspires me when I feel I am at the end of my rope!
My Homeschool Cheerleader is Julie Bogart
I LOVE Julie’s encouragement! There is not a better homeschooling podcast to help discouraged moms find their way through the daily drudgery of schooling to a place of joy and learning! Thanks BraveWriter!!
A Deep Sigh of Relief
This podcast is ALWAYS an upbuilding experience! It never leaves me feeling like there’s more academic work that I need to do with my children. Rather, it helps me to truly value what we have already done academically. And I’m inspired to see the meaningful connections we had throughout the day as a necessary education that builds their heart and soul, not just their mind. I am almost caught up to the most recent podcast, and I can’t wait to go back to the beginning and listen to them all over again. Thank you, Julie and the entire Brave Writer team, for this free resource that brings me so much peace!
Take Most, Leave Some
I really enjoy Julie’s perspective on homeschooling (I say just “Julie” because she’s excellent at making listeners feel like old friends). Though I agree with most of her philosophies, I don’t agree with some of her parenting ideals. For example, in one podcast she said something along the lines of “I don’t want obedient children, I want thinkers”. I wholly disagree with her first statement. If a child is being disobedient, then they’re being disrespectful. Period. I want children who obey because they trust their mom to give commands that are good for them. That doesn’t mean I want them to stop asking “why”. They can ask why and we can discuss it, but I want children who respect their parents enough to obey. And having obedient children doesn’t mean that they can’t also be thinkers. Does that make sense? So sometimes I have to skip over the parts where she gives parenting advice. BUT, I love most all of her educational advice. We are about to finish up our Grammar/Language curriculum for the year and I can’t wait to join her Brave Writer group! Thanks Julie for the awesome information!
Fuel for the Homeschool Soul
As a former classroom teacher but new home educator, I have been searching for guidance that rings true to my philosophy on education (now a far cry from what it was in those classroom days). My family has been so blessed to be involved in a play-based preschool and progressive education co-op private school for the past 5 years. When homeschooling became a necessity this year, I felt overwhelmed with the choices and the stress of having to create this ideal learning environment all by myself. I didn't feel prepared enough to continue the traditions of enchantment and philosophy that I loved so much from our co-op school. I needed direction and though I had been searching, I was not finding it. As a charter homeschool family, I felt pressure to comply with expectations set by state standards even though I as an educator have never felt they were appropriate for or indicative of real student learning. Enter, Julie and the Bravewriter podcast. As I have said to so many, Julie's words - her podcast, her online communities, her curriculum materials, and her new book The Brave Learner - are a guiding compass leading me towards the home educator and parent whom I strive to be. Her experiences make you feel at peace with your own, her wit keeps you laughing, and her wisdom gives not only helpful suggestions but the sense that its going to be ok! This huge undertaking is worth the journey and tuning into your child and their unique needs and strengths and interests? It is exactly why you're here and exactly what your child needs. Beyond all of that, Julie's coaching regarding writing instruction and development is perfectly in line with the writing philosophy from our co-op school. It was my favorite aspect of the school and I am so thankful to have found Julie's work to help me guide my children's writing development in a way that I believe truly honors their voice. I love listening to the Bravewriter Podcast because Julie is not afraid to challenge her listeners to think differently about education. I LOVE that about her and I think anyone - parent or home or classroom educator - benefits from listening to what she has to offer!
Love this podcast!
Julie is so down to earth and real! She has great ideas and real encouragement for homeschooling moms! The struggle we all face is real with the rollercoaster and risk it takes to homeschool and do it well! I feel the freedom to focus on relationship with my kids rather than results or getting through a curriculum. I loved season five! The questions the moms had were ones that we all have! It was great to hear Julie’s response and then be part of hearing how it turned out implementing Julie’s suggestions. Thank you for taking the time to do this podcast! I recommend this podcast as well as Julie’s books to all of my friends. 😊
So encouraging and helpful.
I found this podcast a few weeks ago and it was exactly what I needed. I was feeling burned out by trying to check everything off my list and keeping up with what traditional schools expect but just in an home environment. Julie has helped me to see things in a different light and brought fresh life into my heart and my home. We are making intentional steps towards finding joy in learning instead of just checking off our list everyday!
Great podcast for home schoolers!
This podcast is always great and full of great insight and ideas about how to educate your children (and yourself). The latest season has been especially good - a parent asks questions about something in their homeschool, generally asking for help with a problem, Julie brainstorms with the parent about how to address it. Then the best part - checking back with the same parent several months later to learn about what worked and what didn’t! I’m sure this is logistically much more challenging than simply recording a podcast - but it’s what has pushed an already great podcast to be even better. Genius!
Love and Need This!
A fellow homeschool mom introduced me to Julie Brave Writer almost a year ago, but only in the last week have I discovered her podcast. I’ve been homeschooling for over 10 years and I find myself in awe of the FREEDOM she gives us permission to have with ourselves and in our schooling experience with our kids.
This podcast is what I need each week (sometimes more than once a week) to feel like someone is holding my hand, encouraging me to try new things and think new ways. Most importantly...cheering for me during this wonderful and exhausting journey of homeschooling.
Look forward to every episode!
The Bravewriter podcast is my favorite ever. I find myself volunteering to mow the lawn or some other task so I can put in my earbuds and binge listen! Julie’s ideas have shaped so many things about how I am approaching our homeschool in this season (in our 9th year with 3 kids), and I’ve gleaned some spot on parenting advice as well! She is so real and honest and shares great experience and stories. I love learning from her wisdom and experiences, and can tell she has a true passion for helping families. Season 5 was amazing...it felt like I was at the table having a discussion with some other moms (they just couldn’t hear my comments)! You won’t regret listening. Thank you Julie and the whole Bravewriter team! 🧡
Julie is a gem
Julie Bogart is a treasure for the homeschooling community. The Brave Writer podcast is a great way to add snippets if the BW lifestyle to your week. I particularly love season 4, which was the audio of Julie’s YouTube sessions. I was so excited they made this available since I have gleaned much wisdom from Julie’s videos, but it is hard for me to sit down and watch for long periods of time - much easier on audio, so thank you BW team! Season 5 has also been wonderful with Julie’s coaching sessions.
I love, love, love this podcast! Thank you for sharing your experience and wisdom with those of us who are still in the trenches! This podcast is such an invaluable resource!
This is the best resource
I love the new season of the Brave Writer podcast. They hit the nail on the head providing detailed suggestions about issues all homeschoolers either are facing or will face. I’ve often longed for more info about how to use the Brave Writer philosophy in our homeschool and our family. Now there’s a whole season of examples to help me see how the Brave Writer lifestyle works. This is a great resource and companion to Julie’s books and other Brave Writer resources
I have thoroughly enjoyed this season of the Brave Writer Podcast. I really appreciate the follow-up conversation with homeschool families as Julie helps them tackle and tweak homeschooling dilemmas and nagging quandaries.
Thank you so much, Julie!!
I’m not sure how to put into words what Julie has done for our homeschool. She has calmed my fears all while giving me strength. If I ever get lucky enough to meet her in person you can bet she will get the biggest hug! I recommend Brave Writer to everyone because we all deserve to have a little Julie wisdom in our lives.
Thank you, Julie!
This podcast has been so spot on and enriching. Thank you for creating such a gem.
Most listened to Podcast in my family!
Julie is so refreshing to listen to. It’s like having a seasoned homeschooler holding your hand and helping you feel validated in your choices - something all of us look for because being a mother and homeschooler can be scary and immensely satisfying all rolled together. We crave validation and here it is!
My kids listen to Julie with me, even when I think they are otherwise engaged. Sometimes I forget myself and my oldest likes to remind me of something she heard Julie say by saying “that lady you listen to said...” She’s 7.
I like to think of listening to Julie’s podcast as having tea with an old friend. Her insights are invaluable and she’s so easy to listen to. I hope it’s also like listening to my future self.
Someday I will meet this Julie Bogart in person and give her the biggest hug. She’s helping me shape our homeschool into a place I enjoy being every day.
#1 Homeschool Podcast!
This is one of my FAVORITE homeschool podcasts. If I could only have one podcast in this category, this would be it! Julie is incredibly encouraging and tackles real life challenges with grace and kindness (for everyone -- mama and the kids!). I appreciate her perspective and I want to deeply ingrain her philosophies on parenting, educating, and everything in between in my brain so I listen a lot and even take notes! I can't say I do that for any other podcast. THANK YOU, JULIE!!!
Julie is the actual best
Carissa L. S.
I am a new mom, with plans to homeschool my now almost 3 and almost 1 year old sons. I’ve also been homeschooled my whole life and have been interested in homeschooling for over ten years. I LOVE Julie’s wisdom and perspective and encouragement so much. I’ve passed on a few episodes to moms online and one mom was so encouraged and thrilled (I had her listen to the “embracing elements of home” episode)—she said it answered all her questions and addressed her fears.
I hope to be like Julie when I grow up. 💚
Julie is My Homeschooling Coach
I downloaded an episode today as we’re returning to Homeschooling after a 1.5 year break to try public school and WOW!!! I WISH I would have had this resource years ago. I found so many helpful tips to apply to areas of concern. Julie somehow nailed exactly what was on my mind. It was like having a session my own personal homeschool coach.
Can’t recommend this podcast highly enough. Thank you, Julie, for the applicable solutions that really resonate. You truly have a gift.
Listen and be invigorated!
I love this season of the podcast so much! Not only is Julie’s advice indispensable and so spot on, but I am always surprised how much I identify with ALL of the mothers that share so much of themselves each week. This is helpful reassurance that we are all in this together and living through similar situations, and I also glean fresh and valuable insight on my issues.
A must for homeschoolers
If you are a new homeschooler, listen to this podcast. If you’re an experienced homeschooler, listen to this podcast. You will find no better source of wisdom, experience and support than Julie.