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The brave learner : finding everyday magic in homeschool, learning, and life
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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.
Table of Contents
Foreword    Susan Wise Bauerp. xv
Introductionp. xix
Part 1The Enchanted Landscape of Learning
Chapter 1Exchanted Living: Creating the Context for Magic in Our Homesp. 3
Chapter 2Sparks Fly: Igniting a Passion for Learningp. 11
Chapter 3Magic Doors: Lessons from Monsters and Mapsp. 17
Part 2Casting the Spell: The Superpowers of Brave Learning
Chapter 4The Four Forces of Enchantment: Surprise, Mystery, Risk and Adventurep. 33
Chapter 5The Four Capacities for Learning: Curiosity, Collaboration, Contemplation, and Celebrationp. 64
Chapter 6The Four Ports of Entry: Mind, Body, Heart, and Spiritp. 97
Chapter 7Applying the Superpowers: Practical Help in Core Subjectsp. 125
Part 3Sustaining the Magic
Chapter 8Liberation from School: To Schedule or Not to Schedule, That Is the Question (Answers Inside!)p. 165
Chapter 9House-schooling: Recruit Your Home to Help You Educate (and That Pernicious Topic: Chores)p. 187
Chapter 10The Pixie Dust of Reasonable Expectations: Embracing Our Limitsp. 202
Chapter 11Awesome Adulting: Expanding Our Horizonsp. 218
Part 4Breaking the Spell and Rekindling the Magic
Chapter 12The Invisible Education: The Power of Family Dysfunction to Sideline Learningp. 235
Chapter 13The Disenchanting Power of Doing It Right: The Dangers of Ideological Alignment and True Belief-ism in Home Educationp. 254
Chapter 14Reverse the Curse: How to Rekindle the Magicp. 266
Acknowledgmentsp. 275
Notesp. 279
Indexp. 283
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