Teach Them Diligently

I had the honor of attending Teach Them Diligently in Nashville a couple of weeks ago and will be in Spartanburg this weekend.  Nashville was my first time attending and my first time speaking at a homeschool convention. When asked to speak many months ago, I hesitated, mostly due to feelings of not wanting to be the mom who leaves home a lot.  Also some feelings of “why do they want ME?”  would creep in my head.  It is thanks to my husband that I pushed these feelings out and took a leap.  He said yes for me, and I trusted his leading and go figure, he was right.

Teach Them Diligently Nashville was an incredible experience for so many reasons.

First, I got to spend several days in an amazing hotel with an amazing friend, Jolanthe.


Second, I got to experience Teach Them Diligently for the first time and was blown away by how awesome the whole experience was.

Third, I got to meet so many kind and encouraging blog readers who just confirmed the choice to be there.

I led 3 sessions; What is Tot School?, Following the Lead of Your Young Child, and Theme Based Learning in the Early Years, a joint session with Jolanthe

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All 3 stem from my early childhood passion and this made it so much fun.  It was a lot of prep work, but it was all worth it when I realized it helped even one family.  The highlight of  was getting a special note thanking me.  Thanks London, you made my trip!

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I am in Spartanburg this weekend and will also be in Washington DC in May.  My entire family gets to go with me in DC, I am so excited! If you are on the fence, I strongly encourage you to attend if possible. I had little idea of what to expect and any expectations I had were blown away.

Were you in Nashville?  Will you comment and share your experience and thoughts?  How about Spartanburg this weekend?  Come find me so we can meet!  Let me know if you will be in Washington, I’d love to meet you there too!

Why should you come to Teach Them Diligently?

As you may know, I will be speaking at 3 out of the 4 Teach Them Diligently Conventions this spring!  I will be attending in Nashville, Spartanburg, and Washington D.C. {my family will join me there!}.  The focus of my talks will be all centered around my passion ~ early childhood education at home!

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I am honored to have Teach Them Diligently as a blog sponsor and would like to share this message from David Nunnery with you.

Why should you come to Teach Them Diligently?

The point of Teach Them Diligently is to encourage and renew the vision of Christian homeschooling which is to disciple your children and equip them to go into the world and glorify God.  It is the Gospel that makes us distinctive.  After almost three years, Teach Them Diligently Conventions has ministered to thousands of families, and we feature some of the testimonies we have received on the front page of our website.  One of my favorite testimonies from an attendee in Omaha in 2013 was that the "place was thick with the Gospel."  Another favorite of mine would be from a father in Spartanburg in 2012 that proclaimed that the event was "like a revival."  Many of the families say that Teach Them Diligently is the best homeschooling convention they have attended.

As parents, our effort should center in preparing our children to go out and make a difference in the world and proclaiming the Gospel in word and deed.  Our Gospel focus is the reason that even many non-homeschooling families also feel comfortable at Teach Them Diligently.  There are many different reasons homeschoolers start the journey of home education.  Far too often once we get into this adventure, we put our faith in some method that promises it will make our children smarter, more capable, or more "Christian." However, at Teach Them Diligently the method of homeschooling is secondary to the foundation.  Academics will be well represented along with instruction on methods, strategies, and how-tos for teaching and organization like you would find at other homeschool conventions.  However, what is different about Teach Them Diligently is this commitment to the authority of the Scriptures and centrality of the truth of the Cross.  The foundation is the Grace of our Father and the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Teach Them Diligently will have many great speakers.  Pam Tebow, Stephen Kendrick, Ken Ham, Voddie Baucham, Todd Friel, Sally Clarkson, and many others have or will speak for Teach Them Diligently.  Go to our website to see our speakers for 2014. There will also be a large exhibit hall with diverse resources to help you on your journey. Plus we offer an exciting children’s program, teen program, men’s breakfast, robotics classes and Getting Started Homeschooling Track. This event is built for the entire family, not just Moms.  It is a family discipleship and homeschool convention built on the Gospel because we believe families need this foundation, but we also believe that the families of America is where revival will start.  If you have come before, come back!  Refreshment, Renewal, Revival–they need to happen constantly.  We hope to see you in 2014!

What does The Lord have for your family at Teach Them Diligently this year?

I truly hope to meet some of you at one of the conventions this year.  Please be sure to let me know if you will be attending, so we can try to say hello!

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What a Wonderful Day!

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I got to spend my birthday {the 38th one} with one of my very best friends {Shannon, who writes the Calendar Connections cards} at the Teach Them Diligently Marketplace! It was a wonderful day, but I had no clue it was going to be so great!

Teach Them Diligently is a blog sponsor and has been for awhile now, which is part of the reason I was so curious. I also have several friends who attended their conventions this past spring and loved them. 

Side note ~ Although they are a blog sponsor, they had no idea I was writing this post {until I emailed them to tell them} nor did they ask me to, this is a personal bonus post reflecting an awesome sponsor simply because I want to share with you what a fabulous day I had!

I had never been to a Teach Them Diligently Convention and had no clue what to expect.  I didn’t go to my local homeschool convention this year or last, so I was wanting to attend for that reason, but wasn’t sure how impressed I would be.  I am a bit un-impressed most places. I am a homebody and for me to actually enjoy being in a large crowd is a small miracle.

From the moment I walked in, I knew I was in the right place.  I immediately met David and Leslie Nunnery, and was welcomed so graciously!  Ken Ham was speaking when we got there so we snuck in to hear his talk, what a blessing to be able to hear both of his sessions! It wasn’t overly crowded with people, but packed with resources and fabulous speakers.  It honestly was such a refreshing day!

I was thrilled to finally get my hands on some Answers in Genesis resources I had wanted to look at up close. AIG was one of the publishers I was very curious about but hadn’t gotten to browse in real life. It was awesome, I got just what I needed {and a bit more of what I wanted}. I will share later in my curriculum post how we will be using some of these.

What Did I Buy?

I was NOT expecting to actual find great deals, I am a firm believer that Amazon has the best prices in most situations. But, the prices were as good as Amazon or better.  I actually looked up several items while there from my phone to check! It was awesome to browse through so many great resources all in one place.

I highly recommend attending the Marketplace event in Little Rock this weekend if possible. Sadly this will be the last event as they have prayerfully decided to cancel the remaining events.  Here is the statement they have written and shared publicly… 

Teach Them Diligently and the presenting sponsors of the Marketplace events have elected to postpone the rest of this summer’s Marketplace events in Dallas, TX; Colorado Springs, CO; Tacoma, WA; and Tuscon, AZ in favor of larger regional events in the coming years. This weekend’s event in Little Rock, AR (July 19th & 20th) will go on as scheduled, but it will be the last one. The pre-registration numbers for several of the events were very low. Therefore, Teach Them Diligently and the sponsors decided to cancel and then return with an even larger event in the upcoming years when we could reach and encourage more families.

In 2014, Teach Them Diligently Convention will be returning to Dallas, TX for a large regional event in June at the Sheraton Downtown.  It is our hope that in the coming years, we will be returning to the other cities previously scheduled on the Marketplace tour as well.  
Those who had pre-registered for events in Dallas, TX; Colorado Springs, CO; Tacoma, WA; and Tuscon, AZ, will have their registration fees fully refunded in the methods they were received.  We would also like to extend to you a discount similar to what you would have received at the events through our store at
shop.teachthemdiligently.net.    When you make your purchase please enter the code 10OFF100 to receive $10 off your first $100 purchase.

This was not an easy decision or one that we came to lightly.  We would like to extend a heart felt apology to those of you that were looking forward to these events and pray that you will forgive us for not moving forward with the events after Little Rock.

Thank you again for your support and prayers for Teach Them Diligently Convention. We look forward to seeing your family at an event in the near future and are sorry for any inconvenience the cancellations may have caused.  We are deeply disappointed that we will not be able to spend this summer with many of you. However, we are confident that in the coming years we will be able to bring an even larger event to your communities.  Please stay tuned for some very exciting announcements for 2014.

For the sake of His name,
David Nunnery

While I am sad they needed to cancel the remaining marketplace events, I am thrilled to see the full blown Teach Them Diligently Convention will be in 4 cities in 2014!  Check your calendars and start planning to hit one of these next spring, I just might see you there!

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PS ~ another perk of these events, meeting in real life!  It was fabulous to meet Becky Marie from For This Season and her adorable family.  I also got to reconnect with Toni from The Happy Housewife and Michelle from Apologia!