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As a mom of three children, there is nothing more rewarding than walking alongside my kids as they grow in their relationship with Christ. Whether reading the Bible or attending church on Sundays, I’ve come to place so much value on experiences we have as a family that connect us more deeply with Scripture and help us grow together.

My passion for connecting people to the Bible was cultivated early in my own childhood.

I grew up in our family’s business. My grandfather went from producing milk as a dairy farmer to producing live stage shows with a purpose. He was passionate about helping people see and understand the Bible as he did: full of life and creativity. Deeply motivated by the way Jesus used parables to help people connect to scripture, he used what he had to begin doing the same. Armed with a camera, slide projector and passion for the gospel, he began creating experiences for families to share together that connected them to Bible stories. What started as a small multi-media show grew into the Sight & Sound Theatres that exists today: two state-of-the-art venues in Lancaster, Pa. and Branson, Mo. where Bible stories come to life on a panoramic stage with massive sets and live animals (not to mention our signature roasted almonds which are an experience of their own!).

A lot may have changed in our 42-year history, but one thing remains the same: our passion for bringing the Bible to life. We realize not everyone may be able to visit us in person, so this April we’re “taking the show on the road.” For three days, our landmark production NOAH will be playing in movie theaters nationwide! We’re thrilled about the idea of thousands of people across the country experiencing this cherished Bible story together in their own backyards.

If you’re making plans to bring your family, I’d like to recommend reading the story together before embarking on your excursion (found in Genesis 6-9).

Additionally, here are three discussion questions for the drive home after your voyage:

  1. Noah had to make a hard decision and was ridiculed for it. Was there ever a time that you had to make a decision that wasn’t popular?
  2. Noah had to trust that God was going to deliver on His promise even when he couldn’t see the outcome. Was there a time you had to trust God in your own life when you didn’t know what would happen?
  3. God’s faithfulness is evident throughout Noah’s whole life. How have you experienced God coming through in your life?

We invite you to set sail with us in April to experience this extraordinary Bible story full of animals (two-by-two!), a monumental flood, and (spoiler alert!), a rainbow for the grand finale! Our hope is the story will come to life for your family in a brand new way. We can’t wait to see you there!

 

About NOAH

Seen by more than 5 million people live on stage, Sight & Sound’s landmark production sets sail into movie theaters April 9, 11, and 13 for a special nationwide event. Filmed in front of a live audience, NOAH takes you on history’s best-known voyage as you board the enormous ark—along with two of every kind of animal! For locations and tickets visit NoahEvent.com.

 

About Katie Miller

As the oldest grandchild of Sight & Sound’s founders, Katie Miller was the first member of the family’s third generation to work in the organization. Katie stepped onto the stage when she was four years old and performed as part of the cast until she was 13. Today, she serves as Corporate Communications Manager. Her unique, rich experience within the company’s formative years has helped her collaborate in everything from publicity opportunities to future succession planning. She lives in Lancaster, Pa. with her husband of 15 years and their three children.        

 

 

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As a health cost sharing ministry, CHM isn’t insurance. Here are five unique attributes that enrich your experience as a CHM member.

1. CHM members are in a covenant—not contract—with each other.

God is in covenant with His people, and His people are to be in covenant with each other. That’s why we have no legal contracts at CHM—a fact we thoroughly explain on our website and in our promotional materials before members join the ministry.

Being part of CHM is being part of a covenant between our members—people who give assurance that they are Christians living by biblical principles and who voluntarily join together to support each other.

And it works: for nearly 38 years members have faithfully shared 100 percent of each other’s eligible medical costs. The ministry is successful because members honor God by following the New Testament concept of sharing each other’s burdens found in John 13:35, Acts 2 and 4, and Galatians 6:2.

Furthermore, program costs remain the same regardless of your health history: we don’t increase your financial gift or cancel your membership if you experience an illness or injury. CHM is also a Better Business Bureau Accredited Charity.

2. CHM is a ministry and looks for ways to help members.

Though we must abide by our Guidelines—shared with all members and prospective members before they join—there are times situations arise that are complex and “outside the box.” In such cases, each situation is reviewed individually.

3. The ministry is not a profit-seeking enterprise.

There’s nothing at all wrong with businesses making a profit, but that’s not what this ministry does. Our purpose is to glorify God and serve His people; our members are our sole concern. Aside from a very low administrative expense (about one percent), your monthly financial gifts go toward helping other Christians with their medical bills. Likewise, 100 percent of all extra giving is applied to members with medical bills.

4. Healthcare providers bill you directly, so there is transparency in medical prices.

Insurance companies are known as “third-party payers,” which means that doctors and hospitals bill them rather than the patient. Therefore, patients often have no idea what they’re really paying for healthcare. If you don’t know what something costs, or why, you won’t know the reasons when prices to you increase or if they’re justified.

In contrast, as a CHM member you can shop for competitive prices on elective procedures and treatment. Our members’ adoption of this philosophy is one of the main reasons CHM is celebrating 11 years with no increase in monthly gift amounts, even while healthcare costs have increased significantly.

In an advantage distinct to CHM, when you receive a discount on an eligible bill, your personal responsibility (the amount you’re responsible to pay) is reduced by the discounted amount. (At the Gold level, CHM shares 100 percent of eligible bills for medical incidents exceeding $500; therefore, personal responsibility is eliminated once the $500 threshold is reached. In contrast, Silver and Bronze personal responsibility amounts are $1,000 and $5,000 per incident, respectively. To learn more and see an example, visit www.chministries.org/programs.)

5. Medical treatment is determined by you and your doctor, not CHM.

For care eligible under the CHM Guidelines, we don’t require pre-authorization for any procedures, nor do we limit your healthcare choices (and how much we’ll assist you) by having a preferred provider network you must follow. As a member, you can go to any doctor or hospital and CHM will share your bills as long as they are eligible under the Guidelines.

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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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Just for you

Teach Them Diligently Convention is built with the whole family in mind. But we’ve got some special programs built just for Mom and Dad. Keep scrolling to learn more!


Mom’s Night

Friday nights at Teach Them Diligently are MOM’S NIGHTS!! With fun, fellowship, and encouragement to spare, this free event is sure to be among the most talked about elements of your TTD weekend. Spending a couple of hours with “your people,” laughing at the things that only you and your people would truly get, and being cheered on and fired up as you get a renewed appreciation for the privilege of being called mom will give you new hope as you head back into the trenches. Get more details about the Mom’s Night at your preferred location by checking out the event pages on our website. 


Men’s Breakfast

How often do homeschool dads actually get together for fellowship, encouragement, and BREAKFAST?? Well, at Teach Them Diligently events, hundreds of them do it every Saturday morning! Our men’s breakfasts have been an important part of helping you strengthen your family through Biblical homeschooling since the very first year, and thousands of men and boys have joined us for these special times since then. Get more details about the Men’s Breakfast at your preferred location by checking out the event pages on our website.


Homeschool Launch Counselor

New for 2019, Teach Them Diligently is excited to offer a brand new Homeschool Launch Counselor service in order to provide the best and most reliable information for parents who are just getting started in their homeschooling journey. The program is FREE and the information is invaluable!

  • Learn from veteran homeschool moms and dads who have already successfully graduated their children.
  • Understand state and legal requirements.
  • Download free resources, checklists, and guides to help you along the way.
  • Attend our Getting Started Mini-Event at Teach Them Diligently Convention and meet personally with our counselors (and you could even get a rebate for the cost of your Registration!!).
  • Experience all this within a Christian environment tailored specifically for new homeschool families.

Learn more about the Homeschool Launch Counselor Program here.


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God has truly blessed the work of Teach Them Diligently, and He has used our attendees both to be a blessing to our family as we labor to produce the events and to reach out to other families on our behalf. We simply could not produce Teach Them Diligently without you, and we are grateful to each family who has attended, shared your testimonies with us to encourage our hearts, and told your friends about the events.

Your loyalty and support are some of the reasons we started our “refer-a-friend” program!

We want to give back to you for helping us spread the word about these unique events by allowing you to earn up to $100 in TTD Bucks to spend in the Teach Them Diligently vendor hall! We hope that will be a huge help as you get the curriculum and resources you need for your next homeschool year.

It’s super easy to participate!

Simply register your family for the event. Once you have registered, you will receive a confirmation letter with your unique confirmation code and your refer-a-friend link!  Send that link out to your friends inviting them to join you there! You can share your link via email, social media, Facebook group, and more! We even have a whole page of downloadable flyers you can share with your link to further introduce your friends to Teach Them Diligently. Click here to find those resources.

Get $5 TTD Bucks for each paid registration!

  • To receive credit for referrals attendees MUST register using your unique referral link.
  • The maximum amount you are able to earn is $100.TTD Bucks can be earned through participating in the Refer-A-Friend Program
  • Referral credit is strictly limited to online registrations.
  • Referral credit is only applied for paid registration referrals.
  • You can track your credits anytime by logging back into your account.
  • You may only redeem TTD Bucks if your registration status is Paid.
  • TTD Bucks will be available to pick up on-site as part of check-in, and they work like cash in the vendor hall.

So, what are you waiting for? Register today, so you have the best chance at earning all $100! We simply cannot wait to see you and your family in 2019.

 

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In spite of our arduous work to homeschool our children and train them in the ways of God, sometimes we hear them state, “I am not sure that God is real. Maybe the scientists and atheists are right. Maybe this religion and Bible stuff are just fairy tales that people use as a crutch.” What do we tell them?

Perhaps it is not only what we tell them, but also what we show them.

As homeschoolers, we are committed to diligently teaching God’s Truth to our children in every facet of life. Sadly, our 21st-century culture stands in stark opposition, loudly screaming from every venue any information that denies God and His ways. Eight years ago, three producers embarked upon a journey to put forth a high quality, cutting-edge, film countering lies pressed upon men—lies intended to squalsh the very first chapter God wrote to mankind.

The result—GENESIS: Paradise Lost.

The riveting CG-filled film boasts many awards already: including Best Documentary, Best Cinematography and Visual Effects, Best Director, Dove Approved for All Ages, and a Prestigious 4 out of 4 Stars by MovieGuide. But that’s not why TTD chose this production as our Movie of the Year. The team of three producers, including Ralph Strean, Bill Harrity and Eric Hovind didn’t spend years on this project to win awards.

Eric and the Creation Today Team invested in this resource to answer the culture-war challenge we all face amid a rapid moral decline. God in His infinite wisdom knew the battles we would face and He addressed them head-on, right out of the gate in Genesis 1:1. Recognizing the power of God’s Own Words coupled with the dynamic influence of film, the GENESIS: Paradise Lost producers uniquely incorporated interviews with top scientists, historians, and theologians all corroborating the divinely inspired Book of All Time. That’s why TTD chose GPL as our Movie of the Year.

Due to its place in fundamentally grounding the lives we have been entrusted to shape, TTD hopes you will join us in using GENESIS: Paradise Lost in the education and evangelistic outreach of our families. Discounted copies can be purchased through our registration page and picked up at the convention.

Join Eric Hovind in his 2019 sessions which offer solid scientific facts and authoritative words from Scripture to propel you and yours in your faith-walk with our Creator God!


Experience Eric’s Dynamic Sessions at a Teach Them Diligently Convention near you!

Paradise Regained Amid a Rapidly Degenerating Culture – From the Genesis: Paradise LOST Small Group Curriculum, LOST!

What Do You Tell Your Children When They Question the Reality of God?! – A powerful journey into the reality of God and what He expects, from Eric’s own testimony.

 

 

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Whew! You made it through another year! Now it’s time to relax and enjoy an inspirational weekend with the whole family. There are many wonderful events planned for homeschool families this spring at state and regional homeschool conventions. Do you wonder why  you should attend a homeschool conference?

Homeschool conventions offer:

Tips for a Successful Convention Time:

  • “If you are a newbie, stay focused on your family goals. You will be flooded with information. Have fun, glean what you can, and remember there’s always next year! Meet new people; hear your favorite homeschool speaker and enjoy the homeschooling community at large.” ~Esther P.
  • If there is no program for children under twelve years of age, leave them with grandma. (Except nursing babies, of course!) This is your time to focus on what’s important for your family next year. Focused concentration is impossible with a toddler in tow who wants to touch everything they see in the vendor hall!
  • Wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Pace yourself as you move through the vendor halls. The books will still be there later. To avoid exhaustion, try shopping in several smaller spurts other than one big chunk.
  • Conferences are like marathons. Take breaks, eat snacks, and buy CDs of workshops you can’t squeeze in. Remember, you still have to have energy to go back to real life when it’s over!
  • Read the convention brochure, and chart your course to maintain focus on your priorities. Be prepared when  excitement takes over. Your senses will lead you in every direction! It’s okay to work your charted course and ignore the rest calling out to you.
  • Take inventory of your school supplies before you go. Vendors selling specialty papers, markers, journals and art supplies at discounted prices may save you time and money, so knowing what you need helps save money.
  • Check to see if the conference includes a used curriculum sale!
  • Make a list of your desired items, their price, and where they are available. Make a budget. Be realistic and have a ‘cushion’ dollar amount in mind for fun surprises you can’t leave without.
  • Some vendors will send books to you in the mail at no charge. It saves hauling them around.
  • Take advantage of parcel check-ins and bring a wheeled cart for getting books to the car.
  • Write down your pressing questions. It’s okay to be transparent and vulnerable! You aren’t the only one who has those nagging questions. Another mom will benefit because you ask. Take advantage of the opportunity to ask questions during workshops, at information booths, and around lunch tables.
  • Bring your husband, grandparent, and/or pastor and his wife! You will have a great time together. They  will benefit from the window into your world. It also keeps you and your spouse on the same page. Many conventions offer pastors and their wives free admission. Some conferences offer workshops especially for ministers on how to pastor the homeschool family.
  • Pray! Ask the Lord for guidance over the conference. I’ve been amazed at the guidance He has given me in buying curriculum, meeting people who had answers to my questions, and gleaning wisdom for the following year.

Don’t miss the inspiration and refreshing available at your state and regional homeschool convention this year! You don’t need to wonder why you should attend a homeschool conference. Conventions rekindle your passion for homeschooling and strengthen you in the task of discipling your children. It’s an opportunity for a life and faith-changing adventure right at your doorstep!

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Few things appeal to me more than the idea of curling up on the couch with a hot cup of coffee, a good book, and a warm, handmade afghan while snow glitters outside. The only thing more desirable in that picturesque image is my three children quietly occupied with their own books and hot chocolate.

If you have struggling readers, as I do, cozy winter read-alouds are the perfect addition to that dreamy scene.

Life rarely (ok, pretty much never) works out in picture-perfect ways. In addition to my two struggling readers, I have one busy fella that will sit still only long enough to read Lego directions.

Rather than giving up on my perfect vision, I’ve compromised a little bit. For years now, we’ve enjoyed read-alouds on winter afternoons. They are a great way to share my love of books and reading with my reading-skeptical crew.

Turns out, they love stories. They just aren’t fans of the actual practice of reading. Yet.

Here are my best tips on how to use family read-alouds to share your love of reading and good books with reluctant or struggling readers in the family.

Be Patient and Don’t Give Up.

As I said, my kiddos love stories and have plenty of patience for long books, as long as they don’t have to do the reading themselves! Our afternoon reading time can last for two hours or more.

If reading aloud is new to your family, your kiddos might only have the patience for a few pages or a chapter at a time. Stick with it daily. Their interest, and ability to follow for longer periods of time, will grow.

Use Their Comprehension Level.

This guideline is particularly important for struggling or reluctant readers. They might only be able to read Pete the Cat independently, and that’s boring! But, they can understand The Chronicles of Narnia if you’re reading it to them. Now that’s exciting stuff!

Using comprehension v.s. reading level helps them love books, expands their vocabulary, and exposes them to great writing while their independent reading skills mature.

You can easily check comprehension every few pages, or at the end of a chapter, by asking some questions. Back up and re-read as needed. Remember:  you are growing comprehension as you stretch and expand patience and attention.

Pick Good Books.

Since you’re reading aloud at a higher level than they can read themselves, you are exposing them to a wider variety of literature, writing styles, and information.

My crew loves adventure stories. I love history. So, we do a lot of historical fiction together. Fantasy adventure is another family favorite here. We take turns picking out books. We just started A Wrinkle in Time.

I can also fit in a lot of biographies if I consider these guidelines:

*Have we studied this person in school?
* Have we heard about the person on the news?
* If not, is the person around their age?
* Does the book have a narrative-style within their age & interest level?

Let Them Multi-task!

I have found our children can follow along better when their hands are as occupied as their minds. A good way to start is to read aloud while they eat lunch. We also let them build Legos, do hand sewing or stitching, color, draw/sketch/doodle, use sticker books, or other quiet activities.

I allow anything they can do without making me raise my voice to be heard. Again, by checking in every few pages or chapters you can make sure they’re following along. I’ve always been pleasantly surprised how letting them “play” while I read keeps them focused for much longer periods than if they only sit and listen.

Incorporate Non-Reading Elements!

Follow up by watching a movie adaption together. Read the Little House series and then go to a frontier museum. Read a biography and then google images of your main characters together. After reading the Viking Quest series by Lois Walfrid Johnson, we looked up Viking food recipes and had a fun cooking day. You can also go the reverse direction. Let a movie you watch or news story you hear lead you to some books on the topic.

 

Need more fun ideas to get you percolating?

*Have pajama day while you read aloud together in someone’s bed.
*Depending on your story, read by candlelight, lantern, or flashlight.
*Read outside in the woods, in a fort, or bundled up on the porch in bad weather.
*Read winter-themed or seasonal books.
*Have a special snack time while you read.
*If you have strong readers, take turns reading aloud.

What is your favorite, cozy winter read-aloud? Tell us in the comments below.

 

Authored by Tabitha Philen of Growing up Homeschooled/Meet Penny

This article was originally published on our Homeschool Launch Blog.

 

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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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