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It’s true! Though God has now allowed us to present Teach Them Diligently events for the last 8 years, we only “signed up” to do one. :)

After that first event in Spartanburg, SC in March of 2012, I vividly remember David gathering the friends and family who helped us produce it around our table to ask each of them if they thought the event was worth the incredible effort and emotional toll it took on all of us.

We set out to create an event that celebrated what we believe is the highest reason for home education—discipling and preparing our children to do all that God has created them to do. We only envisioned it as a one-time thing, and honestly, God worked so mightily, we couldn’t imagine that the event could ever be recreated.

Yet, we were uncertain if God was finished with us…

“Leslie, what do you think, should we do this again?”

“Kristin, do you believe we should do this again? Is this our ministry?”

David went around the room and asked the same question to each of us, and each and every person responded with, “Yes!”

There was a lot of uncertainty in that scene around our table because we were all still extremely tired and sore from walking the convention hall in Spartanburg.  We didn’t even have dates reserved for the following year.

Plus, David and I were reluctant to take any kind of a leadership role in something like this.  To be completely honest, we actually struggled with our own doubt and insecurity in wondering just what we could offer to homeschool families. I talked a little about that feeling of inadequacy in this article, but I think many of you can relate with this insecurity.  I think it is one of those things that happens when God puts people in uncomfortable positions and stretches them.

That evening around our table was one of the treasures God has given our team through these years. We all acknowledged that God was definitely urging us forward, each recounted testimonies shared with us onsite or after the event—lives were changed, marriages were restored, families were revived.

God was clearly at work!

Instead of only producing one event for 2013, God opened the door for us to do three, reaching even more families and seeing Him work in even more miraculous ways.

Each year, God has continued to allow us to produce these discipleship-based homeschool events that many families have attended multiple times. After every event, we stand in awe of all that He has done and is doing, and it is our prayer that He will use Teach Them Diligently to revive His families and mobilize them to change the world.

Teach Them Diligently events truly are amazing (probably in spite of us!) However, I will admit…they do have one obvious weakness. They only last for 2 1/2 days and after each event, we hear from families expressing sadness upon leaving the refreshing fellowship and equipping they find there. TTD events have rightfully been called an oasis by some of the homeschool families who attend.

Increasingly, we became more and more burdened that “our families” (yes, we consider you all part of our family, for we pray for you and think of you every single day!) really needed more support, more encouragement, more mentoring, more fellowship, more of everything Teach Them Diligently is able to offer. So, we began seeking God’s face once again for what seemed to be as overwhelming a task as producing that first Teach Them Diligently event.

We started following His lead in these areas, then last fall, we did a number of surveys asking our families what were their biggest issues and concerns in their family and homeschools. We received thousands of responses and have poured over them as we built out these new offerings.

Since so many of you are personally responsible for helping shape this new arm of our mission, I wanted to share the results with you in this printable infographic. You can get the National Homeschool Survey results here. Download it here and take a look!   I think some of the findings are surprising!

Do you agree with the results? We really want to hear from you! Leave a comment or send me an email detailing what your biggest struggles and successes are in your homeschool. We are eager to incorporate your thoughts as we finalize the schedule for Teach Them Diligently 2019 and the new products we are putting the finishing touches on now.

We are tackling a number of these topics and more within our Teach Them Diligently 365 community.

I also invite you to check out the free “Rethink Education” ebook. It takes a fresh and practical look at 11 of the questions most people are asking about homeschooling. It would be a great thing to share with any friends who are considering home education– and it would probably be a great reminder for you of why you’re doing this in the first place.  Download your copy here.

The wait is almost over!  The first Teach Them Diligently event of 2019 starts in just about a month! I sure hope to meet you there!

 

 

 

P.S. We sure would love to see you at TTD2019. Find an event near you Register Today  so you, too, can experience all that Teach Them Diligently has to offer.

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The year has brought about changes in our family’s homeschool. I let go of many of my pre-conceived notions about home education. The difference has been great. We still don’t live in a “Pinterest-perfect” house or run our school in a picture-perfect way, but we are all growing and changing and becoming more like the individuals God created us to be. For that, I am thankful!

I realized that if God called me to homeschool because of discipleship, and I was allowing my ideals or what I thought others expected of me to distract me from that most important task, I was failing in my calling. Our homeschool looks very different as a result. (You can learn a little more about how the Lord taught me that in “My Homeschool Doesn’t Have To Look Like Your Homeschool.”)

So often, just when we think we have it all figured out, something changes. Those changes may be due to finances, becoming a single homeschooling parent, loss of job, health issues or the normal year -end/beginning assessment of the year to come.

The changes (and stresses) associated with homeschooling do not stop there. There’s the risk of burnout and the never–ending necessity to truly place God first and taking time every day to reconnect with our spouses.

Regardless of what causes the change – change is change and it can be stressful.

So, what can we, as homeschooling families do to help one another during these changes? Perhaps you are changing curriculum, moving, or nothing at all (other than the grades your children are in). Either way, we want to know so we can pray with and for you and encourage you during this year’s homeschooling journey.

Suggestions for handling change:

  • Pray – alone and with a spouse.
  • Find friends you can discuss the changes with.
  • Write down your ideas and identify if they will help you achieve your over all goal for your family.
  • Talk with your children. Identify their strengths and where they need to grow.
  • Last but not least, take it slow.  Change takes time!

Now, it’s your turn. Share your changes for the homeschool year. Leave a comment below.

This article was originally published on our Homeschool Launch Blog.

 

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Attending a Teach Them Diligently Convention in 2019 is one change that is guaranteed to help your homeschool– and bless your family! We hope you will make that a priority!

 

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Ken Ham and Children at Teach Them Diligently Convention 2012

We’re so glad you asked! Teach Them Diligently Convention is designed with entire family units in mind! It is our family’s desire that your family will come and be encouraged and equipped together. We have a number of ways your children can get involved.

ENDURE the Race

Our children’s program this year is called ENDURE the Race.  All “junior runners” between the ages of 4 and 12 can register for this awesome event! The Apostle Paul often used athletic contests as powerful illustrations of the Christian life, but he did not generally point our attention to the quickest or strongest athletes. His focus was instead on those that ran the race with endurance. With the Olympic Games fresh in our memory, this year’s theme focuses on heroes of the faith, and how they “ran the race” they were called to run with endurance.

Dr. Nathan Crockett is the Director of Ministry Training at Bob Jones University where he teaches several undergraduate Bible classes. Nathan has served as a youth pastor, interim senior pastor, and currently leads Rooted, the young adult ministry of Morningside Baptist Church in Greenville, SC. Nathan regularly preaches at churches, teen camps, children’s venues, and student leadership conferences.

David Overly serves as the Assistant to the Vice President of Ministerial Advancement for BJU. He is currently involved with recruiting initiatives, speaking at conferences, and event planning. He graduated from BJU in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Cell Biology, and he is currently working on a Master’s Degree in Communication.

Nathan and David are excited to be returning to Teach Them Diligently Convention and leading our children’s program.

The children’s program will commence Friday morning a little before the workshop sessions begin.  The children will break for lunch with their families and resume their activities until dinner time.  Saturday’s schedule will be the same.  The cost of this program is $50 per child (t-shirt included). Children can be added to your registration at any time as long as space allows.

Everyone who is over 18 years old that will be working with the children will complete a background check. Those younger than 18 will be coming through the Servant Leadership Track and will be accountable to the team leadership.

4:12 Program for Teens

I Timothy 4:12 tells us to “let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.

The Four-12 program will seek to equip and train your teens to become wholly- devoted, servant-hearted biblical leaders seeking to please Christ in all they do. Four-12 will feature in-depth teaching sessions about how to grow into Christ-likeness and how they can influence the world in which they live for Christ.

There is NO COST for the teen program this year, but your teen does need to be registered.

Your teen will have the opportunity to hear Biblical discussions on life issues facing 21st century teens. The eternal truth of God’s Word speaks to the chaotic world around us. We can find hope and confidence in Scripture for the many questions we face today. The 4-12 teen program is designed to inspire and instruct your teens to follow God and be Christlike examples among their siblings and peers. Specifically, the LifeTalk sessions provide teaching and discussion on relevant issues. Topics include Devotions, Relationships, Leadership, Communication, God’s Will, and more! We hope your teen will join us for these informative and helpful sessions. With speakers such as Sam Horn, Nathan Crockett, Chuck Kittrell, and others, your teen will benefit greatly from this program.

 

What about our 12-year old?

Robotics at Teach Them Diligently

Children of all ages are very important, and at Teach Them Diligently, we know that each child develops at his own pace. That’s why we’re offering parents the option to use their own discernment in selecting programming for their 12 year olds. Feel like they’ll benefit from being grouped with others in the age-specific “runners” in the ENDURE the Race program? They’re more than welcome to Enlist!  Or they would be welcome in Four-12 Teen Track.

As we did last year, we are also working on special offerings specific to this age group to be held throughout the weekend.  Our suggestion is that you stay plugged in to our blog and read more about each program as the information becomes available.  Once you’ve seen what’s in store, you’ll be better equipped to make an informed decision as to the best fit for your child.

And if I prefer to keep my children with me?

Toddler Room In Spartanburg

They are welcome to attend any and all sessions with their parents.  We are home educating families who are accustomed to being together, working together and learning together.  Families absolutely have the freedom to choose to do so at the convention as well.  To help accommodate those with smaller children who may have a hard time sitting still through all the sessions, we are setting up a toddler room at each location. In that room, there will be audio and visual feeds available from the keynote session for you to enjoy while your little one gets some energy out.  We will also have close circuit  TV in the main hall outside of the keynote session auditorium at all sites.

If you have further questions about the children’s programs at Teach Them Diligently Convention, don’t hesitate to ask.  You can leave a comment here, and we’ll respond as soon as we can.

If you still haven’t registered, what are you waiting for? We’d love to have you! Register here.

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About David and Leslie Nunnery

Leslie Nunnery and her husband David founded Teach Them Diligently, the nation’s premier source for gospel-centered homeschool events. With seven years of homeschooling experience from preschool-high school and a passion to encourage and equip homeschool families, this mom of 4 shares her know-how and insights weekly through Teach Them Diligently media and on TeachThemDiligently365.com.

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