Homeschool Convention FAQs

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What Time is the Exhibit Hall Open?

Exhibit Hall Hours:

Thursday  6 pm – 9 pm
Friday 9 am – 7 pm
Saturday 9 am – 6:30 pm

What does the daily schedule look like?

Below is the general overview of the daily schedule. Click the location to see full schedules with session times, titles & speakers - Nashville, Spartanburg, DC (not currently available) and Dallas (not currently available).

Exhibit Hall Hours

Thursday  6 pm – 9 pm
Friday 9 am – 7 pm
Saturday 9 am – 6:30 pm

Daily Schedule

Thursday  
1:00 - 2:00 pm Early check-in & registration for those attending Getting Started Homeschooling
2:00 pm Regular check-in & registration begins
2:00 - 4:00 pm Getting Started Homeschooling
3:30 - 6:00 pm Sessions (DALLAS)
5:00 - 6:00 pm Sessions (Other locations)
6:30 - 7:30 pm Sessions
8:00 - 9:00 pm Sessions
Friday  
9:00 - 10:00 am Sessions
10:30 - 11:30 am Sessions
11:30 am - 1:00 pm Shopping & Lunch
1:00 - 2:00 pm Sessions
2:00 - 3:00 pm Shopping
3:00 - 4:00 pm Sessions
4:30 - 5:30 pm Change the World Sponsor Hour
6:00 - 7:00 pm Sessions
7:30 - 9:00 pm Special Event
Saturday  
7:45 - 8:50 am Men's Breakfast
9:00 - 10:00 am Sessions
10:30 - 11:30 am Sessions
11:30 am - 1:00 pm Shopping & Lunch
1:00 - 2:00 pm Sessions
2:00 - 3:00 pm Shopping
3:00 - 4:00 pm Sessions
4:00 - 5:00 pm Shopping
5:00 - 6:00 pm Sessions
6:00 - 6:30 pm Shopping

What are the hours of the convention?

We are still fine-tuning the specifics of the schedule, but the general outline is:

Thursday 2:00pm - 4:00pm A special Getting Started Homeschooling Session for those new to homeschooling or thinking about homeschooling

Thursday 5:00pm – 9:00pm Keynote Speakers & Sessions
Friday 9:00am – 9:00pm Keynote Speakers & Sessions, Children's & Teen Programs
Saturday 9:00am – 6:00pm Keynote Speakers & Sessions, Children's & Teen Programs

What time does the convention start?

The convention will begin on Thursday at 5pm. 

Can I get recordings of all the speaking sessions?

Yes. We will have recordings for almost every speaking session available at the conventions. Recordings from the 2013 & 2014 Conventions may be purchased here. If you would like recordings from the 2012 Teach Them Diligently Convention in Spartanburg, please purchase them here

How do I modify my registration after it has been processed?

You can modify your registration by visiting this page. You are able to change your email address, names and other information. You can also add options such as Men's Breakfast, Children's Program, Four-12 Teen Program. However, we do not offer refunds once your registration has been processed.

To modify or upgrade your registration, please follow the instructions below:

  • Go to this URL
  • Enter your registration Confirmation Number
  • Click the 'Continue' button

Step 1

Step 2Registration DETAILS

  • After your registration has loaded, you will see 'Registration Details' on the right side of the screen.
  • Using the plus and minus icons next to an item name you can change the quantity of each item.
    • Note: If you are adding children or teens, you will also be able to click on the 'Children' and 'Teens' tabs to enter their information.
  • Your balance will be displayed at the bottom next to 'Balance:'
  • Once you have finished adding upgrades, click 'PAY NOW'
  • You will be taken to the 'Pay Your Balance' screen where you can enter your billing information
  • When finished, simply click 'Process Payment' to complete your upgrades

Step 3

Can I share a family registration with a friend?

No, family registration can not be shared with a friend or family member from another household (Grandparents are the exception). Each friend or family member from another household most have their own registration.

Are grandparents included in the Family Registration?

Yes, they are! You can request additional credentials for them on site. You do not need to add their details to your registration.

Are there individual, single-day, or exhibitor-only passes available?

Starting in November, 2015 we will be selling registrations for one person for the entire convention. We do not sell individual day or exhibitor only passes.

What is the one main goal and purpose of Teach Them Diligently Convention?

Teach Them Diligently hopes to encourage families and parents in the discipleship of their children. Homeschool is not the Gospel, and just because parents homeschool their children does not mean their children will honor God with their talents when they leave the home. We homeschool to disciple our children and to equip them to glorify God when they leave the home. Christian parents do understand this, but they need constant encouragement, because discipleship is hard work.

Teach Them Diligently is a tool to refresh the vision of parents and to encourage them to disciple—to not lose focus of the Center of our homeschool, which is Jesus Christ. The entire event is soaked in prayer, and the gospel is prevalent throughout the event. This is what sets us apart and why the fans that know us are so enthusiastic. We encourage you to read the testimonials. Teach Them Diligently is distinctive, and you can see this through the families that have experienced our events.

Will there be curriculum providers or speakers that do not believe young earth creationism at Teach Them Diligently?

We require all curriculum companies and speakers who provide a Bible, History, or Science Curriculum that touches on Beginnings or the Trustworthiness of the Bible to sign a statement of faith; however, if a curriculum provider or speaker is outside those three areas, we do not insist on a signature.  As a result, it is possible that companies focused on grammar, handwriting, math, etc., do not all necessarily believe in young earth creationism and may even be non-Christian. 

We also ask curriculum re-sellers to not bring books supporting evolution as fact.     

Why does Teach Them Diligently focus so heavily on Young Earth Creationism and the inerrancy of the Bible?

We connect these two views directly to the Gospel. The Gospel literally means news. It is news of the most amazing redemption story ever told. It is news of the Grace and Mercy of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the One foretold to sit on the throne of David and preside over an ever increasing kingdom (Is. 9:7)  Jesus Christ commands before His ascension into heaven, “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost; Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you:” (Mt 28:18-20). 

To summarize, because Christ has authority, He is commanding us to make disciples and to disciple. To do what He did during His earthly ministry.  Where does His authority come from? Well, the Father gave it to Him, and beyond that, He created us, and His Word is true and unwavering. In Romans 5, Paul directly connects the Gospel or News of Jesus Christ to Genesis by saying that through one man sin came into the human race and through one man we are redeemed. This directly connects the creation of man to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. To undermine, the first three chapters of Genesis is to undermine the Gospel.

Don’t get me wrong: God does not need us to tell Him Who He is. And, the story is true whether we believe it or not, “...For I say unto you, That God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham” (Lk. 3:8).  However, we believe that to undermine the creation account found in Genesis is to attack the Gospel.  Any description by man of how the world came to be must be based on the account found in Genesis-include a first Adam and second Adam-or they are undermining the Good News of Jesus Christ.  If you do not believe in a Young Earth as fact, you are still welcomed to come; however, we do ask you to respect our views on this issue.  As you can see, we believe it is quite important!

What is the overall purpose of Worldwide Tentmakers?

Worldwide Tentmakers exists to promote, prepare, and place self-supporting witnesses worldwide.  We believe that business has great potential as a conduit to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ.  We use Paul as an example, just as most mission agencies do. Paul was a tentmaker in Corinth, Ephesus, Thessalonica, and other places while planting churches in those cities. 

So, in a sense, one of the purposes of Teach Them Diligently is to introduce the ministries of Worldwide Tentmakers to homeschool families.

Is Teach Them Diligently organized by a for-profit or non-profit organization?

Teach Them Diligently was originally organized by a non-profit mission-board called Worldwide Tentmakers.  However, in the last year, Teach Them Diligently has been split out from under the mission board to a separate for-profit company that shares leadership. For instance, both Teach Them Diligently and Worldwide Tentmakers have the same President. However, Teach Them Diligently funds flow directly to ministries that we support overseas. A portion of every dollar spent with Teach Them Diligently is transferred directly to Worldwide Tentmakers to support its ministries. We no longer funnel money through expenses of the conferences. Instead, we pull money directly off the top and send it overseas. Currently, Worldwide Tentmakers supports ministries in the Far East, Poland, and Scotland. In countries considered open to the Gospel and Restricted Access Countries. Primarily, our ministries are involved in education in some level overseas because of the opportunity it provides to present the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Because we are a mission board, the Gospel is central to everything that we do.

Are children and nursing babies allowed in the speaking sessions?

You are welcome to bring your children into the speaking sessions; however, we do ask that you be considerate of others by having your children sit on the floor when possible, so adults can take the seats.  Also, some of our locations have closed-circuit audio and video broadcasting the main session for parents that need to remove children from speaking sessions.  Our goal is to be as family-friendly as possible, and we do not want parents to miss any sessions.

 

Do you offer refunds?

Just as is customary with any ticketed event, we are not able to offer refunds or cancelations once a registration has been processed.  Though we regret that this is the case, we are not able to accommodate massive changes or transfers of registrations. All registrations are considered final. If you register for one location but have a conflict, we do usually accept transferring your registration to another Teach Them Diligently event. However, this is a process that must be approved and manually handled by one of our staff in the back end of the website system.

Do you offer any volunteer subsidies (scholarships) for the Convention?

Yes. We have a limited number of volunteer subsidies available. These subsidies involve working several hours at the Teach Them Diligently Convention.  You can follow the volunteer tab on the main menu for more information about volunteering at one of our sites. Volunteer Now!

What kind of scholarship do volunteers receive at Teach Them Diligently?

Volunteers will receive a free registration if they are willing to work 6 hours at the convention. Volunteer Now!

Can I buy tickets for individual days or for just the exhibit hall?

No, we offer one reasonable price for the entire Convention. Our family price is extremely competitive with most conventions' single day or exhibit hall only passes. In the coming months, there will be an individual pass for one person to attend the entire convention.

What about on-site parking and lodging?

We have negotiated lower parking rates with each convention site. Please remember to take into account the price of parking and driving times if you are looking to stay off-site.

Nashville: Those staying at the Gaylord Opryland will benefit from the reduced rate of $5/day. (Regularly $20/day) Those staying off-site will be charged $20/day for parking. Free parking is also available at the nearby Opry Mills Mall, but it is a 10-15 minute walk.

Atlanta: On-site parking is free at the Cobb Galleria.

Sandusky: On-site parking is free.

Dallas: Parking is free for attendees staying at the Sheraton Dallas Downtown Hotel. (Regularly $21/day) The reduced rate of $10/day will be charged to those staying off-site. (Regularly $21)

 

A list of our partner hotels and special room rates can be found on the hotel pages for Nashville, Spartanburg, Washington D.C and Dallas.

 

 

What is included in the family registration?

The family registration at each site includes all of the keynote and featured speaking sessions (nearly 200), the exhibit hall for all three days, plus a special tote bag.

Children's Program, Four-12 Teen Program and Men's Breakfasts are offered at an additional charge.  Any sessions not included in the family registration fee will be marked in the descriptions.

 

Are there programs and options for children?

 Absolutely! We have optional programs for children and young adults. 

The children's program runs Friday and Saturday from 9 am to 6pm (with a break for lunch with parents). It is geared to ages 4 to 12. This is a wide age range, and young people will be split into age-appropriate groups for more specific instruction. The program this year will be run by Patch The Pirate and his team of sailors. They will be looking at God's Incrediworld through songs and lessons. This will be a weekend your young people will never forget!

Additionally, we will offer a drama camp experience for children ages 11-18. Children will receive 2 days of instruction and participation they will not soon forget! Teaching in acting, costuming, stage makeup, technical and sound set up and much more will given. The instruction will conclude with the performance of 4 scenes from the play "April Morning" by Jim Potter incorporating stage lights, full time-period costumes, stage makeup, set and props. Young people will be trained then incorporated as actors (soldiers in a battle scene, nurses, town folks, etc.) sound and lighting technicians, costume coordinators and stage makeup artists.

Finally, the Four-12 Teen Program will once again be offered. It is aimed at 12 to 18 year olds. More information about this program will be provided in the days ahead.

 

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