By: Laura Prater, Awe Filled Veteran’s Wife.com
In just about 30 days, we will be in Rogers, Arkansas for the first Teach Them Diligently conference of the spring! I am so excited about attending the conferences and speaking on behalf of our wonderful military families! I come from a military family beginning with my grandpa and continuing with my dad. I guess it’s no surprise that I married a Soldier. I am humbled and honored with a platform to share how we have survived as a married couple. Through it all, God has written a beautiful love story. Though it may not be perfect, it is ours.
So where does homeschooling fit into all of this? For us, being a military family means moving…12 times during my husband’s military career to be exact. With frequent moves, homeschooling really helped with not having to withdraw and re-register in schools so often. According to HSLDA (Homeschool Legal Defense Association), frequent moves requiring children to change schools, often lead to serious problems with stability and self-confidence. Homeschooling, however, can give children stability. I have found this to be true. My oldest has thrived in our homeschool. Moving often can actually be a wonderful platform for homeschooling opportunities. Here is a list of ideas we like to incorporate in our moves:
- As soon as we find out we are moving again, we print a map that routes our travel to that area. This is already incorporating geography into your travel.
- We get input on where each person would like to visit. Then we start making a plan to include those stops along the way.
- Each child is important and has a say.
- We read books and study up on key places we will pass on our journey. For instance, during our trip, we will visit Mt Rushmore. We have purposely studied that, so when we see it, it is even more exciting! We do what I like to call “car school” during our travels.
I’d love to have you join me in one of my sessions at each of the Teach Them Diligently events. Sometimes being a military wife can feel like being a single parent. If you find yourself in a similar situation, struggling to make life work while your spouse is away, I’ll be doing a session called “Homeschooling While a Parent is Away.”
One of the ways I worked through some of the battles I faced was through journaling. This is another session I am so excited to be doing. In my opinion, journaling is one of the best ways to soak in God’s Word. That is why I started the Journaling Through the Bible series on my website. I am thrilled to teach my tips, tricks, and techniques at TTD.
My heart and mission in life is to reach out to our military, our Veterans, and their spouses. My heart at Teach Them Diligently is truly to just be there and be a support. I am excited to meet every single one of you. I hope you will stop by the booth!
Excited About Freebies for Military Families!
The American Bible Society has provided resources for me to hand out to Military Families and Veteran Families. You all will not want to miss this! You will find Bibles, books, resources, and Bible studies! Also, Crosswinds Foundation has provided us with videos on PTSD and Moral injury to hand out as well. Come by, grab some resources, and allow me the honor of shaking your hand or giving you a hug.
Free Family Registration For Military Families and First Responder Families
And get this, to show just how much Teach Them Diligently appreciates you all, military personnel and first responders can attend Teach Them Diligently for free this year. Just email Teach Them Diligently and ask for the discount code. (Office@teachthemdiligently.net)
You are not alone! I would love to meet you and continue praying for you. What you all do does not go unnoticed by anyone at Teach Them Diligently. We are very thankful for all who have served and continue to serve!