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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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It’s that time again. Homeschoolers are beginning to look ahead to another year. We sign up for conferences and make lists of curriculum to preview. But, some of us take a step back and wonder, “Can we keep on going the ‘homeschool’ distance?”

When I first began homeschooling twenty-something years ago, I had a mindset that I would reevaluate after each year. You know — in case I couldn’t handle the pressure and needed to send my daughter back to school.

Thinking we might return to traditional schooling kept me plowing through each subject with great gusto. I wanted to make sure my daughter would be in sync with the school system. This mindset sabotaged us because we did more pushing than enjoying learning.

I was worried. Could I endure another year of full-time work in my home along with child rearing? Yes, homeschooling is a full time job! If so, I would need to make some adjustments.

After much prayer, a light bulb went off in my head.

 

These tweaks were my path to education as a lifestyle:

  • I began to relax and let God lead me to deviate from curriculum if learning led us to do so. This flexibility inspired more lighthearted times and laughter! My daughter loved frogs, hands on activities and co-ops, so I let those be a guide.
  • I realized that hands on learning won over writing in work books all day. Hands on activities helped us develop a love of learning v.s the ‘push on through’ mentality.
  • I became more intentional about planning meals. Instead of waiting until 4 or 5 o’clock when I was exhausted from the day, I started meal prep in the morning or early afternoon while I still had energy. When dinner time approached, I only needed to put a few things together to complete the meal.
  • I found ways to incorporate the things about education that I loved: hands on art, cooking, and gardening projects. These things brought me refreshment and enjoyment through the journey.
  • I came to terms with the truth that being an educator mom is one of the highest callings. William Wallace spoke truth when he said, “He who rocks the cradle, rules the world.”
  • I scheduled in weekly mom time. We need to take an exercise class, have coffee with a friend, or have our nails done without feeling guilty! It’s like having your oil changed. You won’t go far without problems if you don’t.
  • Be more vulnerable with other homeschool moms. I would be proactive in finding moms who wanted to swap kids so I could get a break. Don’t be afraid to admit you are floundering. You will find you are not alone in that experience and can strategize solutions together.
  • I would take teacher work days off, just like the public schools, and use them for whatever I needed. Sometimes it was missed Bible study and prayer. I learned that if I stayed connected with the heavenly control tower, I would know how and where to land the plane of this unique educational experience without crashing.
  • I reminded myself character training outweighed getting math finished and correct my children with loving tones. I would do what I could and let God do the rest.
  • I would let my curriculum work for me v.s. being imprisoned by it.  I modified it wherever necessary. If a writing assignment was too overwhelming, I would set it aside or alter it. If there were too many math problems, I would have them do the odd numbers only. You only need so much practice once you know a concept. I supplemented with outside reading when my insatiable reader needed more.

By altering my homeschool philosophy a more relaxed one, I was able to keep going the ‘homeschool’ distance. Twenty years later, my two children finished college with honors and love God. Not a bad harvest!

It was worth it to keep on going along the path my heavenly Father led me to. It might not have been easy at times, but it yielded amazingly sweet fruit for His kingdom.

Click here to access another great article on strengthening homeschool connections.

 

Rethink Home Education

In addition, we have a special ebook that we would like to send to you. It’s entitled “RETHINK EDUCATION, Turning Scary Questions About Home Education Into Exciting Possibilities.” This book is about turning the Scary Questions about Home Education into Exciting Possibilities. It was written after countless conversations with moms who are either considering homeschooling or struggling with doubt. My heart in writing it is to offer hopeful answers to some of the questions moms tend to be asking… and you might be surprised at which ones didn’t make the list. I would love for it to become a resource you could share with your friends who are considering home education, or who are wondering if they’ll keep going. So, grab your copy today!

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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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