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.  

Teach Them Diligently 2015

I am beyond excited for the Teach Them Diligently Homeschool Conventions coming in 2015. I was blessed to attend 3 conventions last spring as a speaker and was blown away with the entire convention. My entire family attended one weekend with me and we agreed, it was a fabulous experience for all of us!

Conventions for 2015 will be in Nashville, Atlanta, Sandusky, and Dallas this year! 

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Exact dates for each location in 2015 ~

There’s exciting news for those of you attending the Nashville convention this year!  Dr. James Dobson will be giving the keynote on Saturday!  I have admired and respected Dr. Dobson throughout my years as a parent. Many of his books have blessed our family tremendously.

Dr. James Dobson to speak in Nashville, TN March 19-21, 2015.

Seating for Dr. Dobson’s keynote address is limited, but priority seating will be provided to the first 1,000 families with paid registrations. Secure your registration now to make sure you have a seat for this historic address.

 

Tickets for Teach Them Diligently are currently $45 for a family.

Get $5 off your registration, through 10/20/14 with coupon code 1+1+1

 

I will be speaking at Teach Them Diligently this year. I hope to be at all four, but my exact locations are still being decided. As of now, I will definitely be in Nashville and Ohio! Have you seen that water park resort in Ohio?  My family took one look and decided that was the convention they’d be joining me on this year.

I got to meet many blog readers and fellow homeschoolers last year and look forward to doing the same this year. I hope to meet some of you next year!

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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.

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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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Teach Them Diligently 2014 Conventions ~ Early Bird Pricing & a Giveaway

You may have already seen on my Facebook page, but in case you missed it I wanted to share some news with you! Tickets are now on sale for the 2014 Teach Them Diligently Conventions and I have been asked to speak!  I will be speaking in Nashville, Spartanburg, and Washington DC.  The focus of my sessions will be early childhood, and I am honored and excited!  My great friend Jolanthe from Homeschool Creations was asked to speak too, so we will both be there!

This is the time to grab your convention pass if you are certain you are going, the lowest price of the year is available to Teach Them Diligently newsletter subscribers only through 9/17/13.  This gets you $10 off of the early bird pricing! Subscribe to their newsletter to get the discount code!

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There’s also a big giveaway going on to celebrate the launch!

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One winner will win both of my Raising Rock Stars programs {Preschool & Kindergarten}, and there are other prizes from other speakers!  Go enter to win here on their blog!

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