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About Julie Bogart
Julie Bogart is the popular voice of common sense and compassion in the homeschool world. She raised and home educated her five children who are now adults. She's the creator of the innovative writing program called Brave Writer, the homeschool coaching community, The Homeschool Alliance, and the popular fast-growing practice called Poetry Teatime.
Julie's highly anticipated manual for homeschooling, THE BRAVE LEARNER: Finding Everyday Magic in Homeschool, Learning, and Life, will be released on February 5, 2019 (Tarcher Perigree; Penguin Random House). Available now for pre-order.
Her other books include a series of non-sectarian daily readings for home educators, and an anthology of poems to read aloud.
Julie draws from her work with tens of thousands of homeschool families over the last 20+ years, and her own homeschool journey to enrich the homeschool and parenting experience.
She also loves being an "awesome adult," which includes running, kayaking, and traveling the world to visit her globe-trotting adult kids!
Credentials: Professional writing, ghost-writing, editing. International homeschool speaker. Author of over 200 pieces of homeschool curricula, selling over 100,000 copies, including The Writer's Jungle. BA UCLA; MA Xavier University.
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Education is not solely about acquiring information and skills across subject areas, but also about understanding how and why we believe what we do. At a time when online media has created a virtual firehose of information and opinions, parents and teachers worry how students will interpret what they read and see. Amid the noise, it has become increasingly important to examine different perspectives with both curiosity and discernment. But how do parents teach these skills to their children?
Drawing on more than twenty years’ experience homeschooling and developing curricula, Julie Bogart offers practical tools to help children at every stage of development to grow in their ability to explore the world around them, examine how their loyalties and biases affect their beliefs, and generate fresh insight rather than simply recycling what they’ve been taught. Full of accessible stories and activities for children of all ages, Raising Critical Thinkers helps parents to nurture passionate learners with thoughtful minds and empathetic hearts.
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.
Nancy includes notes to go with each poem that tell a bit about the author and invite deeper reflection and connection. A nice Brave Writer touch!