Strengthen Your Family Through Biblical Homeschooling

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I am an introvert by nature– BIG Time!! If I had my druthers, I would stay home, doing my family thing, content to abide peacefully with those I hold most dear. The thing is, I don’t get my druthers. Instead, I have a mission! God has called me (and every one of you, too!) to minister to those He brings across our paths, to show His love, to minister to the hurting, to show hospitality, etc. And those commands are not only for the extroverted among us.

Over the past 9 years since God called us to start Teach Them Diligently, I have seen Him change my heart towards others and stretch me from the quiet, watch-the-crowd person I have always been into one that absolutely loves engaging with people, hearing their stories and getting a glimpse into what makes them unique. As He has reshaped me and given me a new heart for people, He has also given me a new heart for engaging other moms in that same mission.

Strengthen your Core

A few years ago, I really began focusing much more deliberately on strengthening my body—specifically my  core (getting older, you know!) At the same time, the Lord was working on my heart in what would become, it seems, my theme for the last few years—fellowship, community, relationships, etc.

As I was doing a YouTube workout video one day, the woman who was helping me with my exercises said “If your core isn’t strong enough to hold you in this position, simply plant your arms beside you to use as supports.” The Lord immediately got my attention as He combined the two things that I had really been focused on as I meditated right there about my need for those supports for my core… and how that could positively affect my life.

Like I noted before, I am not naturally one who looks for supports for my core.  Through the years, though, I have grown to see regular interactions with my sisters as not only good for encouragement and equipping. Instead, I find it to be a lifeline for my survival as a Christian homeschool mom.  I began to see those supports for my core as a very real picture of “bearing one another’s burdens,” for there are plenty of areas in which I am weak that I need someone to come alongside me to give me extra support. Similarly, there are areas that my core is actually quite strong in, so I am able to give support to those who have needs in that area. That’s part of the beauty of the Body of Christ. He often brings people into our lives whose fellowship can really strengthen our core.

Teach Them Diligently 365

As I was meditating on my core and what our community of Christian Homeschool Moms could really use, God prompted David and I to create teach Them Diligently 365. TTD365 is at its core a community of Christian homeschooling families who are passionate about pursuing their calling and impacting the world for Jesus Christ. It houses a ton of resources, ranging from weekly videos to thousands of audio recordings from Teach Them Diligently events as well as being a central location for community– both through daily interactions and monthly virtual meetups. I wanted to share the final installment of a three-part series that ran this summer in TTD365 about our relationships, so I unlocked it from being “members only.” It’s specifically about Rethinking your Rear-View Mirror and how God can use what you have experienced to encourage and help another.

Rethink Your Rear-View Mirror

God never wastes a THING– whether big or small. He is incredibly gracious to allow us to lay our experiences on His altar, for He wants to use them to encourage others and US as we all get to know Him and His ways better. I recently recorded an entire video series on Relationships within our Teach Them Diligently 365 community.  This video is the third installment in a series about rethinking our relationships and God’s plan for His people through our relationships. I pray that this video (and if you have access to the rest, the entire series) will be an encouragement to your heart and helped you get excited about the mission at hand and the role God has for you to play in it! Click here to watch that video now!

You’re Invited!

We are in the process of a MASSIVE redesign of TTD365 that is going to make what was already an awesome community even better. In anticipation of that, we are having a flash sale and inviting you to join us before we roll-out the new site to enjoy the resources and community at a deeply discounted price. Click here to join TTD365 for an entire year for only $40!! (That’s more than half off the current monthly rate– and an even bigger discount over what it will be when we re-open with our new platform.) Click here to get more information about TTD365, but be sure to use the links in this article to get the FLASH SALE pricing of only $40 per year! I look forward to getting to know you better soon!  The discount code if you don’t use the link above is  365annuallmr The video below will give you more details about what you can expect:

Podcast About Relationships with Heidi St. John

I also invite you to listen in on a conversation I had recently with my friend Heidi St. John about the relationships God wants us women to have together. As Heidi notes at the beginning, “I think you’ll be encouraged!” :)  Click here to visit that podcast now.

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We’re getting closer and closer to convention time!

We can’t believe it’s just under 60 days until the first convention, in Rogers, Arkansas begins. It’s our job to keep everyone in the know and to answer any questions you have about the convention you’re attending or thinking about attending.

We have hashtags for each convention. Begin using them today and continue to use them through each of the events. This will help in keeping track of everyone who tweets, uses Facebook, or Instagram prior to, during, and after the convention. This will also be a good way to share photos, memories, quotes, and find people to meet up with during each weekend at a Teach Them Diligently Convention. All these hashtags will work on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

  • Rogers:  #TTDRogers, #TTDNWA
  • Nashville: #TTDNashville
  • Waco:  #TTDWaco
  • Atlanta:  #TTDAtlanta
  • Mobile:  #TTDMobile
  • Denver:  #TTDDenver
  • Columbus:  #TTDColumbus, #TTDOhio

General Teach Them Diligently News and Notes:  #hsttd

We also have Facebook communities for each specific convention location.

Just 9 weeks until we see each of you and we couldn’t be more excited!

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Looking for Homeschool connections And Great Resources All Year Long?

We at Teach Them Diligently are driven in our mission of encouraging you to seize the role God has for you while helping you move forward with greater confidence as a servant of Christ. We truly do believe that homeschooling when done Biblically will strengthen your family in countless ways. Here are all the places you can connect with Teach Them Diligently and other TTD families to find resources and connection all year long.

Teach Them Diligently Blog—Regularly updated articles from trusted TTD authors, speakers, and partners giving you information, insight, ideas, and more about everything to do with homeschooling, parenting, family, and more! Subscribe today, so you don’t miss a thing!

TTD365—Looking for a deeper connection and even more helps? Join Teach Them Diligently 365 to get access to weekly videos and more than a thousand audio and video resources to strengthen your family through Biblical Home Education every day of the year. TTD365 members also have access to a vibrant community of like-minded homeschool families who interact regularly on social media and through monthly live online meet-ups. Get more information about TTD365 here.

Facebook—Get updated information about Teach Them Diligently events, insightful conversation, humor, encouragement and more by following our Teach Them Diligently Facebook Page. Give us your opinion or thoughts on some of the posts to make sure you see the new content when it is published.

Facebook Groups—We have special Facebook groups for each TTD event, as well as a group for 365 members, Homeschool Guidance Counselor members, a curriculum exchange, and more. Check out the many Teach Them Diligently FB groups and start making some new friends there today!

Instagram—Get super ideas about #TTDHomeschoolSpace and get encouraged and equipped for your homeschool and parenting journey by following us on Instagram.

YouTube—Featuring hundreds of videos, there is a great amount of content old and new on our YouTube channel. With new content being loaded every single week, subscribe to the channel today, so you can always know what’s new.

Pinterest—Get inspirational ideas for your homeschool and more when you follow Teach Them Diligently on Pinterest.

We look forward to getting to connect with you all year long and then seeing you at Teach Them Diligently in the Spring! Register Now!


Science Teaches ConnectionWant more information on why it’s so important to have these homeschool connections? Check out what science itself has to say about that! :) Click here to read all about it.

Still wondering if you should even rethink education and consider homeschooling as a viable option? We have an ebook to give you some answers to 11 of the questions you may well be asking yourself right now. Pick up your free copy of RETHINK EDUCATION now.

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Building strong social networks for teens provides a foundation for later success in life.

Homeschooling through high school has more ups and downs than a roller coaster. In these years, our teens seek a sense of identity and purpose. They want to try new things and experience ever-widening independence. Helping them practice independence, while you are around to gently guide them, is a healthy thing.

Teen Friendships

We all know teens have a gnawing desire to be around peers. They wonder how they measure up or fit in academically, socially, and physically. They want to know know they can lean on what they know about managing life and relationships without you there to oversee it all. Sometimes, they just want a break from family to figure out who they are and if they can stand on their own two feet!

Hormones and strong wills can test the best of us at this stage. I always felt as if we were revisiting the terrible two years when our children were developing independence. Keeping that comparison in mind helped me say yes to as many non-harmful things as I could.

Ask yourself, “How often do I say, ‘No,’ when my teen makes a request about social outings and events?”

If you are saying no more than yes, you may be poisoning your parent-child relationship. Unless they are asking to do something dangerous, work with your teen to turn as many ‘knee-jerk no’ answers into yes’s as you can.

It’s important to choose your battles wisely. As my wise husband once said:

Teen End Goals

When you are hyperventilating over the challenge in front of you, remember what your end goals are. When your parenting job is over, you want children who:

  1. Love God.
  2. Have strong character.
  3. Exhibit a strong work ethic.
  4. Maintain good relationships with friends and family.
  5. Are able to navigate the world with confidence and success.

Listening to their desires for social activity builds trust. Keep communication lines open by not criticizing their dreams and ideas, no matter how impractical they seem. Ask yourself how their request may be answered in a way that supports one of the five goals above.

Self-discovery is healthy when it’s allowed and encouraged within safe boundaries. Let them know you want them to succeed. If they know you won’t criticize them when they fail, they will feel safer coming to you when they do. And, they will.

Don’t fight their need for social activity because it is overwhelming or scary for you.  Work with your teens to create safe and trustworthy options now, so they will know how to set good boundaries later when you are not there. With some creativity, you can tweak most any social experience into ones which will satisfy you both.

Ideas for building strong social networks for teens:

  1. Start a small Bible study group in your home and help your teen lead it.
  2. Sign teens up for an online class. This is a great option for interacting and relationship-building with students from all over the world!
  3. Don’t hover when friends are around. Get a basic feel for the group interactions, retreat to give some privacy, and trust your teen’s judgment.
  4. Host a Biology dissection group with the help of a knowledgeable friend.
  5. Be willing to drive a group of high schoolers to a field trip or movie once a month.
  6. Sign your teen up for a class at the local community college. They will become comfortable when taught by others, practice social engagement during class, and earn dual credits.
  7. Encourage a new independent interest: horseback riding, ballet, debate team.
  8. Help them find a job and apply the experience towards a work study credit.
  9. Start a Literature co-op in your home. Go on related field trips, cook literature-themed foods, and host movie nights!
  10. Sign them up for a creative writing class that inspires self-expression and encourages self-publishing. Young writers can make an income!
  11. Help teens create service projects and invite others to participate.
  12. Play a team sport or join a tennis club.
  13. Do some things just for fun like ice skating, roller skating, geo-caching, or bowling to burn up energy.
  14. Join a choir, band, or theatre group.
  15. Host an art group and explore different art mediums like water color, art journaling, or stamping. Take the group to an art museum or art show.
  16. Make home movies, music videos, or documentaries.
  17. Host a teen talent night at your house or church.
  18. Host a makeover and snack night with the girls.
  19. Encourage them to be a summer camp counselor.
  20. Start a photo club and host a photo scavenger hunt.


If you feel ill-equipped for building strong social networks for teens in your home, go over  our list with your teen. Ask which ideas they like and brainstorm more. Guarantee ya, they’ll have some! Then, network with other parents to help build strong social networks for your teens and theirs. All of you will be giving your teens an enormous gift that will last a life time.

This article was originally published on our Homeschool Launch Blog.



Here is another great article on teenagers, “We’re Raising Grown Ups“.


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Aiming Arrows into Adulthood

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“Aiming Arrows into Adulthood”

As homeschooling parents, how can we prepare our children for adulthood? And how can we prepare our hearts (through prayer and effective communication) to release our kids, into a new season? There’s life after graduation– with college, careers, romance, weddings, and next-generation purpose. Let’s aim and launch our arrows to hit God’s mark!

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Science Teaches Connection

Don’t you love how as home educators, we’re always learning or being reminded of cool things? And isn’t it amazing how as Christian home educators, the Creator God often takes those things we learn “academically” and teaches us great things about Himself and His plan for His people through them. Honestly, those are some of the most remarkable perks of being a homeschool mom. Recently, I learned a little something about homeschool connections that I am dying to share with you!

I’m sure many of you find yourselves doing very similar things to me right now—getting ready to start a brand new school year. After graduating our oldest this spring, we will have a junior, sophomore, and sixth grader to homeschool this year. With my junior, that means my second adventure in Chemistry class in the last 3 years.

It was actually chemistry that God used to encourage my heart today, and I really wanted to tell you about it.

Homeschooling Science

Have you ever stopped to think about the 118 elements on the periodic table (which is WAY more than I had to learn in school, for what it’s worth!) and how much more useful and strong most of them are when they are in compounds rather than on their own. (There are even some that can’t even EXIST on their own!)

Additionally, if it weren’t for the creative ways God has put many of these elements together (think: H2O) or given mankind the creativity to do so, everything we know and see in the world would only be one of those 118 elements. How boring would our world be with only 118 elements making up everything? No trees, no water, no life! Instead, God created those atoms to bond together to create limitless chemical compounds filling our world with life, diversity, and useful things for us to enjoy. (Now would be a great time to stop and thank our Creator for His countless wonderful gifts to us!)  :)

Some of these elements, though useful on their own, become much more valuable and effective when they are combined with other elements to create compounds. Think of how steel is created from iron, or how useful aluminum becomes when combined with other elements.

I’m sure that you already KNEW that, but had you ever stopped to marvel at it?

Homeschool Connections

Here is why that little chemistry lesson last night was such an encouragement to my heart. God has been impressing on me for about a year and a half about the importance of fellowship, community, and connections among believers. He has reinforced to me through opportunities, conversations, and Bible study the fact that we were never created to walk alone—we are much stronger and more useful to Him when we live in community. Seeing that very lesson displayed so powerfully in the 118 elements that make up all life was incredible.

We Need Homeschool Connections

What if we, as moms (and dads) were really dedicated to making those homeschool connections with one another, serving one another, sharing ideas and experiences with one another, bearing one another’s burdens, teaching one another, and generally supporting each other as we all passionately pursue the call God has placed on our lives?

That thought has driven much of the conversation in our home (and among our team) over the last year as we have evaluated all the resources and connections that God has placed in our hands through Teach Them Diligently and how we are to offer it back to Him as a means to further build the families He has called us to serve.

Excited doesn’t really encapsulate how I feel about how He has led as we have prayed that way.

Strengthen Your Homeschool Connections

In the next few days, we are going to introduce you to a brand new, re-designed Teach Them Diligently 365. This re-design is not only structured around adding resources, but we have also enhanced the community (ahem: Homeschool Connections!) element of the website.

God has opened the door for us to offer a community where families can have access to all the great things you love about TTD events—but that can be available to you 365 days a year. Through that community, I have already been encouraged, prayed for, lifted up, taught, and so much more, and I am so excited for you to join us there.

As Christian home educators, we “swim against the cultural current” most of our days, don’t we, but there is no need to do it alone! If you are reading this, you already have access to an amazing group of families who are actually going the same direction you are. Just think of how much more effective and successful we could all be if we lock arms and commit to joining each other in the journey!

In the days ahead, we plan to tell you more about the newly remodeled community outlet we are so excited about, and I am praying that all of you will join with us there. I get very excited when I think of the impact that a group of families who are passionately committed to raising their children to love God and others and to prepare them to walk confidently through whatever doors God may open can have on our world—today and for generations to come!

PSST–> Many times, within those chemical compounds we discussed earlier,  we find that the elements involved compensate for each other’s weaknesses. For example, neither concrete nor steel have the essential properties on their own to be perfectly useful for a foundation in large construction. Yet steel reinforced concrete provides a building block strong and yet flexible enough to hold up a tall skyscraper. We can all use a little strength or flexibility help in our lives, can’t we? I wonder if that’s part of the reason God told us in Ecclesiastes 4 that two are better than one…? Making solid homeschool connections can really make your journey a lot more enjoyable and effective!


Rethink Home EducationWe 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

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