The Heart of Your Homeschool

I’d like to welcome David Nunnery, of Teach Them Diligently to my blog today!  I had the honor of speaking at the conventions in 2014 and will again in 2015.

For the Heart of Your Homeschool 

Homeschool Population is Growing

Homeschooling is exploding across America. The families that are just starting are from every region and state in the US, and their motivations for homeschooling are diverse. Whether embarking on this journey because of bullying, failing government schools, common core, special needs, or a thousand other reasons, families that homeschool are as diverse now as they have ever been. We all have come to this same journey from different pathways. There is no hierarchy to the inspiration for bringing your children home for school. But the largest mistake most new and veteran homeschoolers make is they never answer the question of foundation. In other words, why are you homeschooling in the first place?

When doing an internet search, there are a wealth of strong resources that all teach parents the hows and whats with reviews on what is good and what is trash. In many cases, it can be overwhelming to new homeschoolers and to veterans as well. For many, when things get tough and routines fall apart, children struggle with Algebra, and uncles and aunts think we are hurting our kids, our families struggle and these tensions overflow beyond simply education to marriages, parenting, and every walk of life. Homeschooling is not easy, but it is rewarding.

 

What is your Homeschool Foundation?

So for a moment, push all of the how-tos aside regarding homeschooling. When building a home or new building, the contractor does not start with walls, or plumbing. The contractor starts with a foundation so the question I have is what is your heart for your homeschool? Is your goal to simply protect your child from a bully or unwanted influences? Do you just want your child to excel and graduate with honors and get into a stellar university? Are you homeschooling because you were homeschooled? What is your foundation? This is the question you must answer if your hope is to be successful as a parent-educator. What is your anchor? And, while academic or protection reasons are strong and compelling for homeschooling, they are secondary. Academics are what makes homeschooling an education just like walls are what make a house. They are important and should not be overlooked. However, start with the foundation and build up from there. The foundation is what puts everything in order and gives it clarity. Without an anchor, you are just floating and without that strong foundation, your structure will surely be compromised or fall.

 

How Does Teach Them Diligently Help Your Family and Your Homeschool?

We run a series of homeschool events across the country called Teach Them Diligently. Our events are huge with great speakers such as James Dobson, Barbara Rainey, Ken Ham, Stephen Kendrick, and hundreds of workshops on raising a family, health and nutrition, every flavor of homeschooling with curriculum and resources, plus a huge exhibit and resource hall. We have the how-tos—the meat and potatoes of homeschooling—but the point of Teach Them Diligently is to speak to the heart of homeschooling. Our goal is encouraging parents in the discipleship of their children. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the foundation that all the other curriculum, flavors, and resources are set upon. We believe that homeschooling needs a foundation. Answering this question of foundation and strengthening our hold on it changes everything. This is why so many families come to Teach Them Diligently. And, this is the reason that so many say that we are the best homeschool event they have ever attended. It is all about the Gospel, and we invite you and your family to join us there.

 

David and Leslie Nunnery ShotDavid Nunnery is the co-founder of Teach Them Diligently (www.teachthemdiligently.net) and the President of Worldwide Tentmakers (www.worldwidetentmakers.com). His heart is to see families strengthened and equipped as they disciple their children and to raise up a new generations of missions-minded families to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ across the street and around the world.  

Tot School Gathering Place ~ Week 100

Welcome to Tot School™ Gathering Place! Gather together here, gather ideas from other blogs, share your own ideas on your own blog. Browse around at the other posts linked up, leave a few comments if you have time, and be sure to check back to see if your blog was featured!

Each week we will feature photo{s} and ideas from blogs who link up. Remember, provide a link back to Tot School Gathering Place within your post that you link up, so you can be considered for the feature!

Tot School Gathering Place Week 100

December is upon us! Time to decorate the house, trim the tree, and entertain those busy Tots with lots of fun and interactive learning. Keep linking and sharing your wonderful plans and ideas! Many Mamas and Tots really appreciate them!

It’s not too late to begin an Advent calendar to count down the days until Christmas! Head on over to A Kinder Garten Vintage Homeschool and check out some of her ideas! Maybe one will work for you and your Tot!

A Kinders Garten Vintage Homeschool

Along with the fun Christmas activities, Tot School continues! Check out the fun activities Tot Gefen enjoyed while learning about the letter “D” over at A Family in the Land.

A Family in the Land

Tot Kai is learning about the letter “U” and Underground life! Take a peek at what fun activities Mama Cherie planned for Tot Kai.Fluttering Through the Seasons


See ideas by ages below!

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Were you featured?

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Are you NEW or have never been featured? Read this!

Basics: write a specific post about what you did with your tot, link up the permalink from your post, link back to Tot School within that post, put your tot’s age in months in ( ) like this: (43 months).

Tot School Gathering Place ~ Week 99

Welcome to Tot School™ Gathering Place! Gather together here, gather ideas from other blogs, share your own ideas on your own blog. Browse around at the other posts linked up, leave a few comments if you have time, and be sure to check back to see if your blog was featured!

Each week we will feature photo{s} and ideas from blogs who link up. Remember, provide a link back to Tot School Gathering Place within your post that you link up, so you can be considered for the feature!

Tot School Gathering Place

Thanksgiving Day is done – though I hope days of thanksgiving are still very much ahead! As we look ahead to the next holiday I hope we will all take time to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas and the gift that was given to each one of us! Be sure to share and link up the activities that you create and use for your Tot! You might inspire another Mama and Tot!

Is your Tot interested in animals? Take a look at Mama Yuliya’s Hibernation printables over at Welcome to Mommyhood! There are several activities your Tot may enjoy using to learn about hibernation.Welcome to Mommyhood2

Does your Tot enjoy science activities and experiments? Check out this super easy Christmas science experiment put together by Mama Jillian from A Mom with a Lesson Plan.

A Mom with a Lesson Plan

Do you ever get asked “the question”? You know the one – “Is your child in preschool?” Take a look at how Mama Katie is handling the question and see all the fun Tots Timmy and Vera are having at home!Baby Your Babies

 


See ideas by ages below!

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Were you featured?

You are welcome to a button but you certainly don’t have to use it! Totally optional!

Tot School Feature

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Do you have your FREE

Where to Begin with Tot School eBook?

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See the Tot School webpage here!


Are you NEW or have never been featured? Read this!

Basics: write a specific post about what you did with your tot, link up the permalink from your post, link back to Tot School within that post, put your tot’s age in months in ( ) like this: (43 months).

Black Friday Deals 2014

Black Friday 2014

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Playful Learning with Spielgaben ~ November 2014

Playful Learning with Spielgaben is our monthly post sharing Spielgaben in action!  If you missed the introduction to this series, you can see it here and also see links to our past posts.. We were given the Spielgaben set to review and are honored to have them as a blog sponsor.  I will be sharing once a month a detailed post featuring Spielgaben.  You can also see my Learning with Ladybug posts to see what my daughter has done with this learning set!

Playful Learning with Spielgaben November 2014

 

Below you will see I have divided the post into 4 categories ~ Lessons We Enjoyed, Free Play, Mommy Inspired Play, and Nature & Inspiration Guide Play.

Lessons We Enjoyed

This month we continued our work with Set 9. I took small screen shots of the manual for you so you can see how the lessons are laid out.  They are very easy to follow and help me so much. I keep the user guide on my iPad and we use it for the lessons.  She likes that she can enlarge each step if needed to see exactly how something was built. it’s a nice bonus to a PDF digitally instead of printed!

We worked on Lesson 9-5, Center Pattern Design Play.

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We talked a lot about patterns, and symmetry all while we built something beautiful together.

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She loved seeing it grow as we took turns building.

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We also used a worksheet focusing on symmetry from set 9 Level 2. At first she couldn’t tell what it was and when she found out she was so excited!  She loves butterflies.

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Mommy Inspired Play

Recently my older son came to me and said, did you know L can add in her head?  I did not know this and he quizzed her on a few addition problems and sure enough she had it.  She was VERY proud of herself so I decided to expand on her joy.  I set up this simple addition activity and instantly she loved it.  I made three problems and wrote the answer choices on sticky notes and she put them in the right place.

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Then, she wanted to make problems for me, and even figured out the answers on her own and made me sticky notes to choose from!

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We went back and forth a few times, eventually ending up with a bunch of answers on sticky notes and a fun time of practicing addition together!

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Free Play

She loves Wikki Stix and she loves Spielgaben.  She asked if she could make something for each family member and got busy.  I am still not exactly sure what they are supposed to be, but we all got one.

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Two had already been handed out by the time I got the photo, we all love our little treats!

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Nature & Inspiration Guide Play

I have our Nature Guide on the iPad also, I just set it up for her if she asks, or if I set up an inspired play. Below you can see she had a fun building afternoon, making one right after another!

A fox…

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A tiger…

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