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Parents who might be intimidated by the idea of teaching their child to read, don’t be!

Though a seemingly daunting task, teaching reading can be a fun and extremely rewarding activity. There are several different ways to work on reading skills with your child. Some methods and activities will work better than others. Here are some ways to approach reading in your home as you determine what works best for your child.

Ideas for your Toolkit

Use a formal reading program.

Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons, reading made easy, All About Reading. There are many reading programs available to you as homeschoolers. You may wish to find a curriculum review site and find out what others are saying. You can also read about each program on their own personal web sites. If you go this route, realize that you may get a quarter of the way in and discover that this method does not work for your child. That is okay! Be willing to try something else or set it aside for a while until your child is more ready for formal instruction.

No matter which program you’re using, or even if you choose not to use one at all, you can add other resources to your days that will re-enforce learning. A young daughter may really enjoy workbooks, and pull it out at random times and complete a few pages, all with a smile on her face. This may not be the case for everyone, that’s just her. If your child does not enjoy workbooks perhaps he will enjoy reading Bob books, working through flash cards, or playing games like boggle junior and scrabble junior with you or his siblings. Or, wait a while. Putting off reading instruction until your child is ready can also help to re-enforce learning the skill whenever he is ready to read. Moving at his or her pace will make learning easier on you and your child, and will also help your little one keep the love for learning that he naturally already possesses.

Introduce copy work.

Daily copy work accomplishes many things at once. Your child will be reading and writing correctly spelled words. Their handwriting will likely improve. Handwriting can improve within a month of beginning a homeschool journey, through completing copy work each day. This can be a paragraph for older children or even just a short phrase for your younger children. A few words written neatly and correctly is much better than many words on a page that are misspelled and messily written. Your child will also begin to recognize what a good paragraph sounds and looks like, simply from reading and writing her copy work passage each day. You may choose passages from the bible (which will also help to work on scripture memory!), a paragraph from a favorite storybook, or even purchase an actual copy work curriculum.

Read good books.

It has been said for years that one important key to teaching children to read is to read lots of good books to them. Another saying is that to instill a love of reading in your child, you should be a reader yourself. These may not be true for all, but it could be in your home. As a family, read lots of great books together and your children may also become great readers.


How do you teach or improve reading skills in your homeschool?

Share your tips and favorite resources with us in the comments below!


Check out this article on the “Benefits of Reading Aloud“, for more information on getting your children to read.

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Rethink Home Education

To further your reading, 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.” 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! – Leslie Nunnery

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Confidence • Clarity • Continuing Education


Home education is growing at a remarkable rate in the United States right now. According to the National Home Education Research Institute, there are at least  2.2 million students who are home educated in the US with some sources even suggesting the numbers are much higher. That is huge growth from the estimated 1.75 million in 2010. More families are choosing to homeschool their children every single day, and there are a myriad of reasons that lead them to make that decision. Once they make that decision, though, most start scouring the internet and reading books to try to find the best homeschool advice and direction they can. Strangely, though, most families getting started homeschooling never take advantage of the best resource for homeschool information and encouragement available, attending a homeschool convention.

Only about 4% of home educators ever attend a homeschool convention. That seems like a crazy statistic to me, for homeschool conventions in general offer a myriad of helps and encouragements in the new “profession” into which you as a homeschool mom or dad are embarking. They offer a place to meet other homeschool families with whom you can build relationships that you will come to rely on for great ideas and help in time of discouragement or discontent.

As I was thinking about this statistic about homeschool conventions, I immediately thought of 3 primary reasons I believe it is imperative for all home educating families to attend a homeschool convention.


One of the most damaging attacks that can happen to a home educating mother is an attack on her confidence in what she is doing. Undermining her abilities and choices can lead many to quit. At a homeschool convention like Teach Them Diligently, homeschool parents are given the tools they need to be confident in the choice they have made. They will be able to peruse resources, talk to authors, attend workshops, fellowship with other home educating parents to find that they, too, face the same fears and pressures, and so much more. The confidence you can gain by attending a convention is incredible, and you will head home with a renewed vision for what you and your children can accomplish by God’s grace in the days ahead.


How many of us start on a journey with perfect clarity, but in the difficult days that follow, we fall prey to doubts and discouragements? Providing clarity is a point on which Teach Them Diligently really should be your number one choice for a convention to attend. Teach Them Diligently excels in helping you firm up your FOUNDATION– the reason God called you to begin this journey in the first place. There are workshops every hour dealing with these foundational issues in your family, your walk with God, your homeschool, and much more. It is our desire to help focus your heart and mind on Christ and His call on your life, so that you leave the convention with a fresh vision of that call. There is nothing more encouraging than finding that clarity of purpose and knowing that you are doing EXACTLY what you are called to do. You can rest knowing that you are being obedient and that God will take care of the results.

Continuing Education

If you took a job in a corporation, they would expect you to stay current on the latest updates and systems that affect how you do your job. Somehow, though, as home educators who are solely responsible for training our children to accomplish God’s will in their own lives, many neglect any type of continuing education for themselves. There are so many resources and so many options available now in home education that you are truly missing out if you don’t attend a convention to learn how you can best teach your children and prepare them to function in this world in which they live. Teach Them Diligently offers hundreds of sessions that are designed to better equip you to carry out the critically important task of training and teaching your children diligently.


Studies also show that families who attend homeschool conventions are WAY more likely to continue homeschooling year after year than those who don’t. Makes sense, right, since those who attend have gained the tools they need to feel confident in their job. If you are serious about home education, you absolutely need to be at a homeschool convention to rub shoulders with others who are also serious, to learn and refine the skills you need to prepare your children for their next step, and to be gain the encouragement you need to stay the course!

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Why is Teach Them Diligently Perfect for You?

We believe Teach Them Diligently is the perfect choice for all Christian home educating families. TTD focuses on WHY you home educate, WHO you are to please through your homeschool, WHAT you are seeking to teach your children diligently, and more. Teach Them Diligently offers many sessions designed to sure up your foundational relationships– marital, parenting, etc.– which will enhance your ability to serve the Lord through your homeschool, and Teach Them Diligently brings together thousands of like-minded families for a weekend of refreshment and encouragement. We pray you will make the investment in the heart of your homeschool and plan to join us this year!

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Finding Homeschool Support

Finding Homeschool Support

Finding the right homeschool support is almost as important as knowing why you’re homeschooling in the first place. And, sometimes, even knowing where to look for that support proves to be a challenge.  If you are just starting on your homeschool journey, I hope you’ll find some good ideas for where to look for the support you need. If you are a veteran home educator, I hope you’ll purpose in your heart to look around and see the many ways you could bless those around you by using what God has put in your hands and offering that needed support to those who are starting after you.

Look to Those Who’ve Done It

When I was first considering homeschool as a young mom, I called a veteran home educator in our church to ask her what homeschooling was really like. This woman’s children were many years older than my own, and they were very accomplished in the way they handled themselves and interacted with both children and adults. This gave me confidence that home education could actually work as I was seeing it in action right in front of me.

One afternoon, this mom graciously spent more than an hour on the phone with me, answering my questions openly and honestly and painting a clear picture of what homeschooling looked like for her family. I was particularly intrigued that their schedule allowed them to take more than a month off from school at Christmas time each year so that their teens could work in the family business making fresh wreaths for the holidays. This idea of building flexibility into a school schedule was totally new to me. And, because she knew my children from church, my friend was also able to weigh in on learning styles and to give me some ideas to help my kids with the transition to learning at home. Of all the homeschool books I’ve read and the numerous speakers I’ve heard talk about home education, that single conversation with a friend and veteran homeschooler remains the most powerful and informative I have had.

Other Great Places To Get Support Along the Way

Outside of the special friend who can serve as a mentor and sounding board to you (and I pray that God sends you one of those, and then that you BECOME one of those,) there are a number of great places to find homeschool support along the way. God created us to live in fellowship with one another, so local groups, co-ops and associations are fantastic places to get connected and find support for your journey. Joining with local and even online groups can build lasting friendships and be a source of valuable help and encouragement along the way.

Local Homeschool Support Groups

Homeschool groups, like everything else in home education, are as varied as the people involved. Our family belongs to an academic co-op that has well over 500 students enrolled, but that same co-op started with just a few families meeting together at a home to do some classes and activities together. Field trip groups, enrichment groups, athletic groups, and others are available in many areas around the country. We have certainly been blessed by taking an active part in homeschool groups through the years, and I wholeheartedly encourage you to find one near you to get involved.

Can’t find a homeschool group in your area? Consider starting one yourself! The Teach Them Diligently Leadership Summit would be a great place to share ideas and get pointers from homeschool leaders in your area. Click here to learn more about this free event at Teach Them Diligently 2018.

Online groups can also serve as a great place to ask your questions and share ideas. We would love to have you join us in our Facebook Community and in one or more of our special Facebook groups. (All are remarkably drama free!) :)

Homeschool Support Events

Finally, taking time for personal education and enrichment is also an important way to get support along the way. I tell my children all the time that “you don’t know what you don’t know,” and that certainly becomes evident when you find yourself in a situation where there are a lot of resources and continuing education offered. Special events and conferences like the ones Teach Them Diligently produces offer an intensive dose of encouragement and equipping, often in a weekend. You will be amazed to find yourself among so many like-minded  families, and you will always leave energized, much more knowledgeable, and ready to jump right back into your homeschool journey.  Time and again we see that families who live in fellowship with others and attend homeschool events are much more likely to stay the course and continue on the path God has called them to.

The New Teach Them Diligently Blog Is A GREAT Resource To Help You On You Way!

Support. Strength. Encouragement. Resources. These are just a few of the words that sum up what our vision is for the new Teach Them Diligently blog. Our prayer is that this will become a go-to place for you to get great information about parenting, discipleship, marriage, homeschooling, and more and the support you need just when you need it. And, we’re assembling a great host of amazing writers to share their heart with you right here.

Check back regularly to hear from speakers, authors, homeschool veterans, bloggers, and more as well as regular content from Teach Them Diligently staff. You can be confident that the information published here will be gospel-centered and Biblically sound. We simply cannot wait to see how God will use this platform in the days ahead.

There are many other great homeschool blogs and resources as well. In fact, we just ran an article earlier this year that listed about 15 of the top homeschool blogs as voted by Teach Them Diligently families. You should definitely check them out as well! Click here to visit that post.

Want to learn a little more about the different elements of the Teach Them Diligently Homeschool Support offerings? Click on the links below

Is there a specific topic you would like to see us address in the days ahead on the Teach Them Diligently blog? How about a specific writer or speaker you would like to hear from? Leave us some feedback in the comments below. We want this platform to be built to serve you the best way we can.

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Each season, we have produced a party to celebrate the launch of our new convention season. This year, the party will be a REAL BLOWOUT! With a grand total of well over $3,500 in prizes, this is BY FAR be the largest launch party we have ever thrown, and we could not be more excited.


Before we get into some of the previews of the prizes you can win at the party tonight, let me remind you to register to win the grand prize and RSVP for the Facebook party. Only those who have done that will receive the door prizes for the party and a $10 Discount Code for a Teach Them Diligently family registration.

Also, be sure to click here to learn about the Official Homeschool Week At Myrtle Beach, SC! The South Carolina Myrtle Beach Area CVB is working hard to make sure that Homeschool Week is unforgettable! They are teaming up with local restaurants, businesses, and attractions in order to get us all the best deals! From discounts on dining, to buy-one-get-one offers, to free coupons—this week is going to be fantastic AND affordable.

#TTD2018 LAUNCH PARTY on Facebook!!!

Since we like to have fun with our launches— AND since we LOVE a good party, we have decided to launch our 2018 season and officially open registration IN STYLE TONIGHT, beginning at 9 pm EST during our #TTD2018 Launch Party on our Facebook Page. We will have fun discussion; learn a lot about what you can expect in 2018; have some ongoing contests; and give away some AWESOME prizes! I do hope you will join us!

Check out some of the amazing prizes we’ll be giving away tomorrow evening during the party…

We’ll be highlighting our new sites– Myrtle Beach, SC; Mobile, AL; and Columbus, OH– with some great family fun giveaways, courtesy of the Myrtle Beach, SC Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, Mobile, AL Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, and Christian Healthcare Ministries.







By now, you’ve probably seen the fabulous Myrtle Beach prize package. If not, click here for full details about it. Since all of our new sites (and actually the other 3 as well!) have such incredible opportunities for family fun, we wanted to make sure that we gave away some great opportunities there as well.

Mobile Overnight Family Field Trip Prize Package

  • One night at the Renaissance Riverview Plaza hotel
  • A VIP Attraction Pass to some of Mobile’s best family attractions
    • USS Alabama, Bellingrath Gardens & Home, Gulf Coast Exploreum, Five Rivers Delta Attraction, Mobile Carnival Museum, GulfQuest Maritime Museum, Mobile Museum of Art, And more….
  • Mobile Swag!!

$100 Gift Card to the Center of Science and Industry in Columbus, courtesy of Ohio-based Christian Healthcare Ministries. (If you have not gotten to know them, I HIGHLY recommend it! Being CHM members has been a tremendous blessing for our family. Click here to learn more.) 


But wait, there’s more!!


Check out this AMAZING Prize from our friends at Timothy Plan. They have given us an Original Leaf from the First Edition of the 1611 King James Bible, valued at $500. This comes with a certificate of authenticity. WOW! Definitely head over to the Timothy Plan to thank them for donating such a precious prize.


Another Homeschool Getaway.

2 friends will win tickets to the Simply Living For Him Retreat

WHERE: The Lodges at Gettysburg, Gettysburg, PA
WHEN: July 12-14, 2018
WHO: ALL WOMEN! This retreat is for women only. ALL WOMEN OF ALL AGES AND STAGES OF LIFE! (not just homeschoolers)What is the SLFH Retreat?

*Please note: lodging is not included in the ticket. Ticket is for the event only. 


Family Movie Nights

Thanks to our friends at Collide Media Group, we can give away 3 “family 4 packs of tickets” to both Revive Us 2 and Genesis Paradise Lost.  These are both 1 night only Fathom Events happening in a theater near you.



Online Homeschooling

Thanks to our friends at BJU Press/Homeworks By Precept, we can give away a complete distance learning course of your choice!!


First Time To Attend A Facebook Party?

Are you still a little unsure about how to Facebook Party? It’s easy!! All you need to do is to join us on our Facebook Page  a little before 9 pm Thursday night (9/21/2017)  and follow the conversation there. There will be times when you can answer questions to be eligible to win prizes and other times when we will just be chatting for fun. Some of the conversations will be started via a text or graphic post, but I will also be throwing in  some live video posts as well.  I like to make our parties really fast-paced, so you will want to refresh your feed often to make sure you don’t miss out. F5 will work on a PC and Command R will work on a Mac.

I cannot wait to “see” you tonight!

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As you may know, Teach Them Diligently is an organization with a mission. Our team desires with all our heart that the Lord will use the events we produce to encourage families as they disciple and educate their children. We also pray that coming to Teach Them Diligently will be a time of refreshment and refocusing on what matters most in our lives and in our families. We have stood in complete awe as we have seen God do so many wonderful things in the lives of those who have attended, and we cannot wait to see what He has in store for our 2018 season.

God has been incredibly gracious this year to send some amazing companies and organizations to partner with us. Not only are they behind the mission of Teach Them Diligently and eager to serve homeschool families, but without these sponsors, we simply could not afford to bring you Teach Them Diligently at the price we are able to charge for admission. I am THRILLED to be able to introduce you to them all in the days ahead!

#TTD2018 LAUNCH PARTY on Facebook!!!

Since we like to have fun with our launches— AND since we LOVE a good party, we have decided to launch our 2018 season and officials open registration IN STYLE this Thursday evening (ahem, September 21st!), beginning at 9 pm EST during our #TTD2018 Launch Party on our Facebook Page. We will have fun discussion, learn a lot about what you can expect in 2018, have some ongoing contests, and give away some AWESOME prizes! I do hope you will join us!

I will give you more specific information about how to participate in a Facebook party tomorrow morning, but for now I want you to register for our RSVP prize— A $1,500+ FAMILY GETAWAY TO MYRTLE BEACH, SC FOR HOMESCHOOL WEEK AND TEACH THEM DILIGENTLY MYRTLE BEACH!!

Make sure you mark your calendars and plan to attend the party THURSDAY NIGHT— we will be giving away more than $1000 in prizes, plus a ton of freebies available to you just for attending. In addition to some great conversation, we also will be launching opening registrations for Teach Them Diligently 2018— and those who RSVP by entering to win the Myrtle Beach prize package and attend the party will get an exclusive discount code. Additionally, only those who enter the grand prize drawing and attend the Facebook party will receive a coupon code worth a discount off the launch week registration rate!

You and your family can win a trip to Myrtle Beach, SC for Homeschool week and Teach Them Diligently Myrtle Beach.

Family Vacation Package Includes:

  • Hotel Accommodations for 5 nights in Myrtle Beach
  • 4 tickets to Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament
  • 4 Tickets to the Carolina Opry
  • 4 Tickets to the Alabama Theater
  • 4 Tickets To Ripley’s Aquarium
  • 4 Tickets To Wonderworks
  • Family Pass to Teach Them Diligently Myrtle Beach
  • PLUS…• Myrtle Beach Tote Bag, Myrtle Beach Passport Holder, Myrtle Beach Mobile Phone Fan, 2 Ripley’s Mobile Phone Holders, 2 Ripley’s Fidget Spinners,  Wonderworks notepad and pen, teachers apple stress ball, chip clip and mug!!

Prize Package Valued At More Than $1,500!!


Then, leave a comment below telling me which Teach Them Diligently Convention is closest to you— in 2018, we’ll be in Nashville, TN; Rogers, AR; Atlanta, GA; Mobile, AL; Myrtle Beach, SC; and Columbus, OH. We would LOVE to see you and your family at one or more of those sites!! One of you who leave a comment below will win a Family Registration to your choice of Teach Them Diligently Events!! That prize will be announced at the end of the party as well.  Register to win NOW, because entries will close at 9:30 pm on Thursday night!!

If you have never participated in a Facebook Party before, you have nothing to fear– and a great evening ahead of you.

Are you still a little unsure about how to Facebook Party? It’s easy!! All you need to do is to join us on our Facebook Page  a little before 9 pm Thursday night (9/21/2017)  and follow the conversation there. There will be times when you can answer questions to be eligible to win prizes and other times when we will just be chatting for fun. Some of the conversations will be started via a text or graphic post, but I will also be throwing in  some live video posts as well.  I like to make our parties really fast-paced, so you will want to refresh your feed often to make sure you don’t miss out. F5 will work on a PC and Command R will work on a Mac.

I cannot wait to “see” you Thursday night!

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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

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