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Teach Them Diligently Gospel


You probably know I am a big fan of the Teach Them Diligently Homeschool Conventions.  I spoke at 3 conventions last year and was in Nashville this year and am looking forward to speaking in Ohio in just a couple of weeks. Teach Them Diligently has also been a blog sponsor of ours for years now and for that I am grateful.  It is a blessing to be able to partner with such a great ministry.

Recently David Nunnery, founder of TTD, sent out an email newsletter and the message struck me.  I asked him if I could share portions of his newsletter with you. Why? Because he speaks of the Gospel focus of this convention.  It isn’t just about practical homeschooling tips, it is about Jesus.

Below you will find David’s words, with the parts I really, really want you to read in bold {especially if you are on the fence about attending}.

Leslie and I cherish those moments when we get to spend time reading and enjoying the testimonies that come in after a Teach Them Diligently event.  There are literally hundreds each time!  Here is one that we just received shortly after TTD Atlanta,

"Our family attended Nashville and were so blessed by the experience that we attended Atlanta as well. And because of the discipleship at both conferences, my husband’s relationship with Jesus has become so strong that he has decided to be baptized! I cannot thank you enough for blessing our family with your work."

In fact, at Teach Them Diligently in Atlanta, the speakers in the teen program told us that eight young people surrendered to Christ and believed. When people ask me why we are different, this is what I point to! Keep reading, because there is a special offer for you at the end.

The reason I bring this up is because I am not sure homeschool families understand the need or distinctiveness for an event like Teach Them Diligently.  Even though we reach tens of thousands of homeschool families in the U.S., I am still not convinced most homeschool families understand the point, especially if they have not attended one of our events.  When we describe ourselves as a homeschool convention, people immediately assume they will find a number of speakers and exhibitors talking about teaching methods and encouraging moms that are about to put their kids on the Yellow Bus.  While we definitely have an element of our event that helps with know-how and encouragement, Teach Them Diligently is much more. Take a few minutes to "test drive" some of our content by listening to Rachael Carman’s "Seven Simple Steps To Sanity" in which she helps moms see how peaceful walking circumspectly by faith with God can be. After you pick up that one, click here for some more free downloads of sessions recorded at our events relating to organization, curriculum choices, and learning styles. These sessions will give you an even better idea of the content you can expect at Teach Them Diligently.

Honestly, the best way I know to communicate to everyone that we are not like other homeschool conventions is to present what others are saying, and challenge families to witness it for themselves. Veteran homeschoolers will tell you that home education goes far beyond just academics, and the experience at Teach Them Diligently presents homeschooling with a foundation in Christ. To explore other experiences from attendees, just look on our website under testimonies or take a look at this video.

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You can expect God to work at our event!  Some will receive a nugget of truth that helps them and others will receive a truth that will revolutionize their life.  But, one of the coolest aspects of Teach Them Diligently is the tremendous amount of diversity.  You can see it in the hallways and in the classes and the exhibit hall.  When believers that have very diverse backgrounds gather in the name of Christ and present a shared experience, it is a beautiful picture of the family of God. You cannot help but be uplifted.

So, if you have the "courage" to come to a Teach Them Diligently Convention, and risk edification personally, or even revival, we will be meeting in Sandusky, OH, at the Kalahari Resort, May 28-30th, 2015, and our last event of this season is in Dallas, TX, at the Sheraton Downtown, July 16-18.

Oh, yes!  I guess I should also mention the big exhibit hall filled with curriculum and resources, the hundreds of speaking sessions, children’s program, teen program, men’s breakfast, evening of real refreshment for moms, and just for you in Ohio, the largest indoor waterpark in the country.  We are definitely a homeschool convention, but discipleship is a big deal to us.  Come to Teach Them Diligently!  It is an experience you will always remember– and you will want to repeat!

Register Today!

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Just for making it to the end of this letter, we will reward you with a special code for a $10 discount off your family registration. Use discount code REVIVE and register before May 20, 2015.

David Nunnery
President and Founder
Teach Them Diligently

Be sure you took notice of the $10 discount if you register by May 20, 2015.  I will be speaking in Ohio and possibly in Dallas {a few details are still up in the air}.  If you will be in Ohio, please comment and let me know!  If you are planning to go to Dallas and would like to see me there, let me know!  If you were in Nashville or Atlanta this year, comment and let others know what you thought.

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Lately in Our Life

We have had a busy past two weeks! It was one of those times I knew it would be nuts and I am breathing a bit now that it has passed.  All great stuff, just busy!

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Teach Them Diligently Nashville

What a fun and fast couple of days Teach Them Diligently Nashville was!  I am honored to be a speaker again this year and thrilled to be able to spend time with one of my very best friends, Jolanthe from Homeschool Creations

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I led three sessions and will be doing these same sessions in Ohio and Dallas this year!  The Earliest Years, Following the Lead of Your Young Child, and Theme Based Learning in the Early Years {with Jolanthe}. Will I see you there?

Sadly I won’t be attending Atlanta this year as we had planned, this is because my son qualified for the regional gymnastics competition, which is the same weekend!   


State Gymnastics Competition

I actually flew home early from TTD to make it to K’s state gymnastics competition!  He has improved all season, and we were all hoping he would do well, but you just never know on competition day!  Well, he was awesome and I can’t lie, I am one proud momma!  It was fun to watch him succeed and see his hard work pay off. He is the level 5 state champ on parallel bars and pommel horse!  He came in 2nd on rings, high bar, floor and all around!  And his team took 2nd! He was THRILLED!!  This also qualified him for the regional competition so we have one more meet this season!

Here’s a peek at his parallel bars routine that I shared on Instagram.

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The Baby Girl is Growing Up 

Girlfriend lost her first tooth.  The day we learned it was wiggly my momma emotions went nuts.  She turns 6 soon too and that just screams BIG girl to me.  Here’s a video clip of the tooth pulling!

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Bird Everything

For real, the birds have taken over.  Real birds and stuffed birds.  It’s ALL bird around here!  These two play with the stuffed birds outside now, it’s so cute!

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This silly girl set up the stuffed birds in the feeders and told me to come see the beautiful birds!  Then later that night when we asked her if she got the birds and brought them back inside, she calmly said, “no, they all flew away.”  The pretend play is very real for her these days!

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Speaking of our birds, these are are new photos {all taken through our window glass}.  We know the one on the right is a Downy Woodpecker and were THRILLED when it showed up, it was our first and only so far!  We aren’t sure what the one on the left is, anyone know?

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Bottom right we are unsure of, any bird experts know what that one is?  On the left shows one of our Golden Finches, which we have TONS of.  I think the one on the left {the red one} is a Purple Finch, can anyone confirm that?

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See more of what’s been going on lately in our life here on Instagram!

See our other Lately in Our Life posts here!

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!

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!