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Is it worth it why or why not?

 

I saw an old thread from 2015 but I can’t find a more current one.

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I just stopped my membership yesterday after six months. The forums there aren’t very active, and although I enjoyed some of the author videos, I’m not a big enough fan of any of them to make it worth $15 a month. The master classes were largely repeats of conference talks I have heard before too, but I didn’t listen to them all. Maybe some were different.

 

Personally, I’ve gotten more from the Brave Writer Homeschool Alliance membership. I enjoy the RAR podcasts available for free more than I did the membership. I like Sarah and her mission, but I don’t geek out over authors enough to make it worth it for me. If you had a child though who got super stoked over authors or illustrators it could be worth it. My kids are either too old or too young to care about the author access videos. I would imagine the sweet spot would be for parents with kids between 8-12.

 

I’m also annoyed that you can’t pop in and out of membership. It feels gimmicky. They say it’s so they can concentrate on members, but I don’t really see where there is any truth to that. They aren’t limiting membership during open times, so there’s no limit of how many people can join, and it’s not like they’re personally interacting with you anyway except on the forum. Kourtney Garrison was the most active on the forums at that, and maybe Kara Anderson- that I saw at least. Sarah has “office hours†twice a month where you can ask her things if you so desire. But none of that would prevent open membership. They’re simply trying to build a sense of urgency that you “must join now!â€

 

Anyway, that’s my two cents. It wasn’t bad but I feel it’s a bit overhyped and not worth $15. $5 maybe. Not $15.

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Thanks! I think I’m going to continue to pass on RAR.

 

I saw your post about the Bravewriter membership, I’m going to check that out more throughly.

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Our experience has been completely different.  Yes, I hate the way that they never have membership open, but we have gotten so much out of the membership.  We are very literature-based in our approach to homeschooling so seeing the authors has been such a hit with my kids.  My kids range in age from 6-13.  We have discovered so many new, up and coming authors that I wasn't familiar with, but there are also favorite authors that have been such a treat.  The whole family workshops have been such a huge help with our writing because real authors and poets have come into our living room to model and share their writing process.  I am amazed at how often ideas I have shared with my kids through our writing program (Brave Writer) have then been mentioned over and over by the visiting authors.  I ask my kids ever so often if they still enjoy the membership and it is always an enthusiastic yes. Finding the RAR membership site has been a really unexpected gem in our homeschool journey.  The nice thing is that you can join for a month for $15  and watch as many author visits, family workshops, and master classes as you want to and then cancel. I feel like Master Class on The Rule of Six is worth the $15 alone because it has been such a game changer for my homeschool.  I loved her book Teaching from Rest, but the Master Class really helped me to take it one step further to become clear on my vision for homeschooling and to move forward with a solid plan.   

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Our experience has been completely different. Yes, I hate the way that they never have membership open, but we have gotten so much out of the membership. We are very literature-based in our approach to homeschooling so seeing the authors has been such a hit with my kids. My kids range in age from 6-13. We have discovered so many new, up and coming authors that I wasn't familiar with, but there are also favorite authors that have been such a treat. The whole family workshops have been such a huge help with our writing because real authors and poets have come into our living room to model and share their writing process. I am amazed at how often ideas I have shared with my kids through our writing program (Brave Writer) have then been mentioned over and over by the visiting authors. I ask my kids ever so often if they still enjoy the membership and it is always an enthusiastic yes. Finding the RAR membership site has been a really unexpected gem in our homeschool journey. The nice thing is that you can join for a month for $15 and watch as many author visits, family workshops, and master classes as you want to and then cancel. I feel like Master Class on The Rule of Six is worth the $15 alone because it has been such a game changer for my homeschool. I loved her book Teaching from Rest, but the Master Class really helped me to take it one step further to become clear on my vision for homeschooling and to move forward with a solid plan.

I do agree that it’s worth it to try for a month. I just found that with the ages of my kids at the time (1-7) they didn’t get much out of it except a couple author interviews my oldest watched with me. I think in a year or two I’ll try it again.

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I do agree that it’s worth it to try for a month. I just found that with the ages of my kids at the time (1-7) they didn’t get much out of it except a couple author interviews my oldest watched with me. I think in a year or two I’ll try it again.

 

I think it is definitely designed for ages 6 or 7 and up.  

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It's worth it for me to join for part of the year. I joined in the fall. I will Get up to date on all the content and deactivate after the Tomie dePaola interview. I cried during his interview last year. I love him! It is quite a large expense for us so I can't justify keeping it the whole year. But I do enjoy it while I have it.

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