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Ready or not, the time for starting up the regular routine of homeschool is almost upon us (unless you are one of the many who homeschool year round, so you’re well into your routine already!) :) For the rest of us, back to homeschool time is one of the more exciting few weeks of the year. The prep work is fun; our kiddos are as excited as we are to start the new year; and the whole new homeschool year lies ahead of us full of incredible opportunities with no mistakes in it yet. What an amazing time!!

As part of our celebration of back to homeschool this year, I want to make sure you have plenty of resources to encourage your heart and inspire you as you kick off this brand new adventure.  For those of us who have followed God’s call to home education, the opportunities that lie ahead of us are immense– and wonderful. Just think of the discussions that await us… the discipleship opportunities that will happen every day… the incredible blessing of watching those we love most gain new knowledge and understanding of the world around us … and so much more. We are truly most blessed!

Sometimes, though, heading back to homeschool comes with a bit of trepidation and fear. Satan likes to remind us of failures of days gone by. He tries to make us believe we are ill-equipped, ill-educated, ill-prepared for the task at hand. Yet, we can rest assured that God will never call us to do anything that He will not also equip us to do– and to walk with us through it.

“Be anxious for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made know unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” ~ Phillipians 4:6-7

So, for this back to homeschool, go into it with lots of encouragement and inspiration for your heart as the leader of your tribe. Then, go forth, laser-focused on the mission at hand and with expectation of the many ways God will grow both you and your children in the days ahead. I hope I get to hear all about your adventures in the days ahead. Make sure you connect with us on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest, and other social media platforms, so we can all encourage one another day in and day out.

Resources for Back2Homeschool

Free Ebook– 14 Days of Inspiration Devotionals For HomeschoolersGet instant access to this free 14 day devotional for moms. Each entry can be read in just minutes a day and will help you focus on the Word of God at the beginning of your day. 

Quick Start Guide For A Great Back To Homeschool.This video, featured on Teach Them Diligently 365, gives you some solid instruction and tips whether you are just starting to homeschool this year, or you have been homeschooling for many years. There are 3 things in my quick start guide that I think will be incredibly helpful for you– check it out to see if you agree with me! (While you’re there, you should check out all the TTD365 has to offer! It would be a great addition to your homeschool year, featuring access to more than a thousand audio recordings and over a hundred video mini-workshops, there is more than enough to get you encouraged and focused on your mission all year long!)

Back2Homeschool Conference!!

This year, we are so excited to be presenting the Back2Homeschool virtual conference to help us all be more ready than ever to get back in the swing of things and ready for the new homeschool year at hand. That conference features more than 50 amazing speakers, and more than 65 helpful workshops– all that you can enjoy from the comfort of your home ANYTIME you need a little encouragement and help! This week (July 15-21,) you can get your ticket for that conference for only $19!! After that, the cost is only $25– still an incredible deal. BUT, act soon, because once the conference ends on July 26th, you won’t be able to get a ticket anymore. Click here to learn more and get your EARLY BIRD ticket for only $19 now!


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Home educating your preschooler is a great and high energy season of life. Homeschooling at this age in your family might involve singing songs, park play dates, loving on and playing with  younger siblings, and coloring with big crayons. You have been teaching your child since birth but now you feel it’s time to get a more formalized curriculum.

Read a book or two on homeschooling and variation can be overwhelming. Questions abound, and that’s okay. It’s common to have more questions than answers at first, so let’s tackle one of the biggest questions and needs of your homeschooling life– curriculum.

Is there even curriculum for preschoolers? Yes, there are many that are either full preschool curriculum programs or preschool level learning for a specific subject.

What books should I use? This is often influenced by what style you are choosing from Charlotte Mason, living books, traditional style, or even a more eclectic style with the structure of a curriculum. The list below covers a broad spectrum of curriculum options for your family so you can find something that fits your style.

We asked our fellow homeschooling Teach Them Diligently families what do you recommend as a Preschool curriculum choice, and we compiled their choices about this and 39 other levels and subjects of curriculum in our FREE Homeschool Family Favorites Guide.

The response was wonderful and so many great options. We have compiled a top ten list that will ease your stress level and start your homeschooling off to a bang!

Here are the top 10 choices for Preschool Curriculum

  1. Before Five in a Row Preschool  From FIAR’s websiteThis important product has two sections: the first presenting 23 Five in a Row-style mini-units (plus an extra mini-unit) based on outstanding children’s books for ages 2-4+.  The second presents an entire treasury of learning readiness activities intended to be used in your every day life: things to do in the kitchen, at the store, at bedtime, bath time and more.
  2. Rod and Staff From the website“This series provides preparation material. Six workbooks give practice in coloring, cutting, pasting, and following directions while learning neatness and carefulness with books. The storybook gives auditory and oral practice for the child.”
  3. Abeka Provided structure curriculum for 18-24 month, 2 year, and 3 year old. From the website“Each grade will give you lessons for 170 school days. Your child will have engaging books written and edited by skilled, experienced Christian educators. You’ll have teaching aids, clear lesson plans, and the option of expertly taught lessons on video.”

The extra fun part for our littlest homeschooling students is you can go at any speed your wish. Slow it down and add in lots of enrichment projects and field trips. Speed it up for a child that is thriving and wants to learn faster than average.

  1. All About Learning Press
  2. Little Hands to Heaven (Heart of Dakota) 
  3. My Father’s World

Creating a homeschooling environment in you home that matches your family is paramount this year. From simple and sweet, basket time in the morning, to baking in the afternoon. Perhaps a more structured style that blends with your other children’s learning is needed and you have to integrate multiple grades. Your family is special and wonderful. Take the time to find what works for you with the help of other families that have been there and have graciously passed along their knowledge.

  1. Sonlight
  2. All about Reading Preschool
  3. Timberdoodle Preschool
  4. A Year of Playing Skillfully- The Homegrown Preschooler!

No matter what you choose have fun and enjoy the beginning of a wonderful homeschooling journey. Preschool is a delightful time of your child’s life when the world is bright, big, and wonderful. You are who they look up to, to guide them through this blessed life. Enjoy!

This is just the beginning of many home education curriculum recommendations. Here is our FREE downloadable Homeschool Family Favorite Guide with many other top 10 recommendation by fellow homeschooling families.


Also, check out “Back to Homeschool for Preschool Moms” on the Teach Them Diligently blog for even more tips and helps for homeschooling preschool. Click here to read that article now.

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“Oh, curriculum, curriculum, how shall we choose thee? How can we know that we have chosen well for our beloved children??”

When I am talking to homeschool moms, the question of curriculum comes up a lot. There are so many options available to us now, and we tend to be overwhelmed and almost paralyzed as we take a look at them all. Add terms like, “learning styles,” “Charlotte Mason,” and more to the volume of choices to wade through, and homeschool moms and dads can really get nervous about the entire process.

This summer, we hope to alleviate some of those fears and help you wade through the choppy waters of curriculum as we walk together through the results of the 2019 Homeschool Family Favorites Top 10 Curriculum Choices for each subject and level. Coming up in the days ahead, we’ll take a look at the top 10 curriculums as chosen by Teach Them Diligently families and give you a little more details about the top 3 of each one. We’ll also talk specifically about how to choose curriculums for each of those stages. Stay tuned, so you don’t miss a thing. In the meantime, I encourage you to download the 2019 Homeschool Family Favorite’s Guide and start utilizing that resource to help you decide what your homeschool will look like next year. Click here or at the bottom of this post to download now.

Still wanting more Curriculum Information? Check out these awesome posts from the TTD Blog.

  1. The Number 1 Reason a Curriculum Fails and Why You Should Change How You Select Yours by Kim Sorgius of Not Consumed gives a lot of helpful insight from a gal who has a masters degree in curriculum. (She’s a curriculum WHIZ, I tell you!) You’ll find some great tips here for choosing the perfect curriculum for your family.
  2. Get a Dad’s Perspective on Curriculum choice through this article from Steve Blackston of Husband of a Homeschool Mom. Steve’s articles are fantastic to help dad’s see mom’s point of view– and mom’s to see dad’s. I encourage you to check them all out by searching his name in the search bar on the blog.
  3. What to do when a curriculum isn’t working by Lana Wilson. Trust me, there will be choices you make that simply do not work for your family. We all have done that! This article will give you some great insights as to what options you have. I think you’ll find that it’s almost always better to jump ship that remain on a sinking one when it comes to curriculum.
  4. My Homeschool Doesn’t Have to Look Just Like Your Homeschool. We are all different. Our children are different. We even have different needs at different seasons. This article will walk through (and hopefully give you a sense of freedom!) several areas of homeschooling!


Be sure to download your copy of the Homeschool Family Favorites Guide today and be watching the TTDBlog in the days ahead as we walk through the curriculum choices you have!

Homeschool Family Favorite Guide Free downloadable

Looking to buy or sell used curriculum and resources?? Check out Homeschool Yard Sale!! We’re hoping it will become your go-to place for all things “swap.” :) Check it out here! It’s free to use!



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Martin Luther said, “If you want to change the world, pick up your pen!” Harriet Beecher Stowe proved this with her compelling novel in the 1800’s, Uncle Tom’s Cabin. President Abraham Lincoln hailed her as “the little woman who started this great Civil War” because of the powerful narrative of slavery she portrayed. If the written word is so paramount in shaping the world around us, how can we as educators develop its importance in our homeschools?

Creative Writing is far more than leading your children to make up fanciful stories.

It offers a multitude of educational opportunities building skills your children will use throughout their lifetimes.

  • It teaches how to unleash creativity, how to think outside the box, invent and practice imagination. Albert Einstein said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”
  • It helps children succeed and grow in confidence. They may not feel brave enough to tackle a new skill, or process a current life experience but through speaking through the eyes of the characters they can write about it.
  • It teaches strategic thought and problem solving through learning how to write a plot.
  • It teaches close observation through learning to develop sensory writing which happily overflows into science class!
  • It teaches characterization, producing self expression and empathy.
  • It livens up language class by teaching sentence structure and format in a fun way.
  • It helps develop creative nonfiction writing by learning how to write vividly.

Five Great Tips to Help your Child Succeed in Creative Writing

  1.  Whatever they write, praise, praise, praise! You may wince on the inside over the spelling or neatness, but don’t let on. They may beam at the fact that they produced only one sentence in the beginning. So water your little plants with encouragement and watch them grow, grow, grow!
  2. Let them write about what they love. Kooky plots, oddball characters, made up fantasy worlds and all. Many times a child is processing what they are learning about in life through their characters.
  3. Don’t make creative writing a lesson in grammar or spelling. This is paramount! If the critical voice of correction becomes too noisy, it will drown out the creative voice and your child will stop wanting to write and may resist you. As their spelling improves during spelling class and grammar improves in language class, it will trickle down to writing class.
  4. Keep tools handy that will help them succeed. Find a fun and inexpensive creative writing curriculum that can help you step by step. Look for something that is easy to use and will help your child stir up ideas.
  5.  Give them a reason to write by starting a Friday night Flashlight Theater or Writing Club. Invite grandma and grandpa, neighbors or friends over to listen to the next adventure your child has written. Turn off the lights and shine several flashlights on the reader. Pop popcorn or serve a favorite snack. Let your child read their stories for all to hear. Soon they will be motivated to write more and the other children may want to join in and write as well.

God is raising up Christian writers in this generation! We need more authors like C.S. Lewis to remind us of courage, loyalty, the reward of godliness and the cost of evil. And those little writers, who are sitting at their desks in your homeschool, writing about cute puppies and kittens, could be the next world changers for Christ!

A couple of favorite interactive writing curriculums are:

Ocean Adventures in WritingDevelop characters much like the beloved movie Finding Nemo. Each child picks a character to become and writes from that point of view. It’s ocean-fuls of fun and learning!

Isabel Writing Adventure for Girls-Easy lessons that walk the student through the basics of creative writing while encouraging Christian themes. Students create a character for their story, then as a paper doll, make her closet and design her clothes. Roll playing the adventures as they go!

This article was originally published on our Homeschool Launch Blog.


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Writing can be an enjoyable activity for budding writers. This workshop will equip you with tips and ideas to use with elementary-age children during writing time. The result? Your children will not only produce polished writing projects, they will also be begging for the next lesson!

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The Perfect Homeschool Schedule

Many folks new to homeschooling struggle with this dilemma while adjusting to their new lifestyle. My roll as a homeschool mentor mom reminded me of this all too common and nagging issue.

I picked up the ringing phone as a new homeschooler breathlessly launched into a detailed account of how she spent every moment of the last six hours with her first grader. When she finally ran out of air, I told her to relax and take a breath. We talked about how homeschooling is a marathon not a sprint.

We discussed ways she can create a schedule that fulfills her child’s educational requirements without exhausting both of them by 3rd grade. I could hear the tension easing out of her spine and shoulders as the rapid pace of her words slowed to normal.

I’ve seen it over and over again. Moms new to homeschooling are terrified they will fail their children, fail to meet the expectations of others, and fail to live up to the best laid plans of their hearts.

We fall into the trap of thinking success grows out of having the perfect homeschool schedule. More often than not, we see another family who seems to have it all together and ask, “What is your schedule like?” We think success will follow if we fall in step with their daily patterns.

Well, here’s a thought – when is life ever flawless? If ‘normal’ adult life does not zip along without complications, we can expect that this new way of living life will have its share of complexities as well.

The rhythm of your day did not look like your best friend’s, your fellow church member’s, or  the teacher in your child’s former 3rd grade classroom before you started to homeschool. It surely won’t be any different now that you’ve begun homeschooling!

It’s okay to think about the rhythm of your own family life and craft your school day schedule around the unique needs and rhythms of your life.

Our good friend Amy, of Raising Arrows, has an idea for those of you struggling to find freedom in your homeschool schedule. After reading her post, we at Homeschool Launch know you will feel empowered to think more creatively and confidently about finding your homeschool schedule. We hope you’ll feel empowered to find your own path instead of trying to match the pace of another homeschool family.

Let us know if you use a 4-day week in your home? What led you to use that schedule? What unique way have you found to build your schedule around your family’s needs? Let us know in the comments below.

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January can be one of the hardest months to get through schooling. By now the hoopla of the holidays are over and we are staring January square in the face. The Christmas tree is finally down, and it’s time to settle back into our homeschooling schedule. The grunts and groans are not only coming from the kids, we feel it too.

One of sport’s greatest strategies is to play each player to his strengths. If Harry can hit well, don’t put him as catcher. If Tom can run, put him in the outfield. Let the New Year work for you by switching things up:

  • Add something new to your homeschool.
  • Do something different.
  •  Switch up the schedule.
  • Play to the strengths of being inside more.
  • Start (or join) a co-op or a book club.
  • Make tents and as a reward, let them do their school work underneath it.
  • Have a Hot Chocolate Dreaming Party next to the fireplace.
  • Plan a slumber party in the living room on a Friday night and talk about family bucket list living This term has expanded in recent years to include goals for certain time frames, such as before I grow up, etc. Kids love to feel that their contributions count and what better way to bond together as a family than to help each other fulfill dreams.
  • Maryalice Leister at encourages families to write down their list so they will have options ready at a moment’s notice. Put their dreams in a jar, write them on a poster, or attach clothespins onto a bucket.

It’s true our kids would much rather be outside building a snowman than studying books. Why not play to its strengths? Study snow, measure snow, taste snow, make snow cones, snow forts, snowmen, chart weather patterns, study Alaska, Iceland, Sweden.

One of my favorite January boosts is to have a Snowman Party! We decorate the house by hanging homemade snowflakes and paper chains. We make fun snowflake stars and bake snowman treats. We invite friends over to share in the fun! Before you know it January will take on new meaning and everyone can settle happily into the New Year.

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Jan May is author of New Millennium Girl Books: Christian mid-grade novels for girls and interactive creative writing books that hook even the reluctant writers! She is also a fifteen year homeschool veteran and creative writing teacher. Jan enjoys igniting creativity in children and believes that given the right tools and encouragement, any child can write and love it! Check out her blog.


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FREE Color by Vowel Pattern Pack- Winter Theme | Teach Them DiligentlyDo you have elementary-aged kids that like to color? My oldest, when in 2nd grade especially liked it and often felt left out when I printed coloring activities for the younger three. Coloring pages for older kids that work on literacy skills are a bit tricky to find. So, I followed my son’s lead and created a Color by Vowel Pattern Pack with a winter theme.

In this pack, you’ll find seven different coloring pages that feature a vowel pattern. The first page starts with short vowel words (like rat, bug, and not) and was created for those young readers who need to work on short vowels. Each subsequent coloring page features a harder phonics skill, moving through blends, digraphs, long vowels, and other more ambiguous vowels (such as aw and oi).

Silent e Color by Word Pattern ExampleThe child uses the color key provided on each page to color the picture in by the phonics or vowel pattern. Please note that while your child might like to do all of the pages, I suggest picking the one (or two) that best fit with the developmental stage of your child. For example, if your child is working on reading words with silent e, use the sheets that feature that particular phonics skill.

Vowel Pattern Practice

The idea is to give kids practice reading words with specific phonics or word patterns. Learning to read and spell by phonics pattern is key for young readers and writers. Tons of words are spelled using the most common word/phonics patterns, like the ones I included in this printable chart, so your child will encounter these word patterns a lot when reading. For example, if a young reader can understand that the ai in rain makes the long a sound, she can look at a word like braid and figure it out by the ai pattern. Knowing the word pattern ai helps her to read AND spell the word (and most other words that contain ai).

To download this Winter-Theme Color by Vowel Pattern Pack, click HERE!



First and foremost, I am a daughter of the King. I am also a homeschooling mama with four little blessings. Before having children, I was a classroom teacher, both in the private and public school setting for 6 years. I got my M.Ed. in Elementary Reading and then had my first son. I began tutoring K-5 struggling readers privately out of my home until having my first child (2012).

I did not plan on homeschooling {I actually said I’d “never” homeschool, but the Lord called me to it in 2009}. Homeschooling was a bit lonelier than I expected. So in 2010, I started blogging as a way to share ideas with other parents, teachers, and tutors.

I never dreamed that God would use my blog in so many ways. I have been able to use it as a platform for writing curricula, authoring books, creating learning apps, and speaking at homeschooling conferences and MOPS groups. Through my blog, I have shared many articles, activities and free printables.


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God Has Big Plans For You!

Have you ever felt like God wanted you to step out and do something? Have you felt His hand clearly resting on you and directing your thoughts in ways that you would have never imagined for yourself? Were you a little scared at the thought of it all?

God wants us to do big things for Him.

Isn’t that amazing? The God of the Universe, Who could accomplish His will in whatever way He chose, chooses to use poor, sinful people who in themselves have little to offer Him. He chooses to work in His children who are willing to look at Him with open hearts and hands saying “use me in whatever way you see fit.” Wow. What a privilege and honor to be able to serve the King of Kings!

Many years ago, God called our family to do some things we absolutely never saw coming. He asked my husband to quit his job to run a mission agency called Worldwide Tentmakers. The call was so clear, that even taking the step of faith to quit seemed easy. Within a month after that, God again clearly called us to take another step. It has been this step that has had the most impact on our lives in the last 7 years.

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God called us to try to reach His families and encourage them to disciple their children and to equip them with great resources for parenting and home education and their own Christian walk.  We started Teach Them Diligently Convention that same month. Having no idea what to expect (or honestly exactly what we were doing,) we set out to serve. We laid every element of the event before the throne of God and asked Him to lead and direct our choices. We prayed that He would bring in the families that needed encouragement and revival– and HE did. He brought in so many that first year that I was afraid the fire marshal would come after us for overcrowding of the facility.  He has continued to bless the work of our hands, and this year we are producing four Teach Them Diligently events with the prayer of reaching even more families onsite.

The journey God has led us on has been treacherous at times. I am glad God didn’t give us a full view of what was ahead when we started out, for I fear we would not have had the faith to make the trek. Through each day, each trial, each joy, each victory– God has been right there with us. We have been brought to our knees. We have been humbled. We have been able to see just how great is our God over and over again. I wouldn’t trade it for all the world (although my flesh has thought otherwise from time to time.)

How about you?

Has God called you to step out in faith and do something higher and greater for Him? Perhaps that call involves home education and laying a strong and sure foundation in the faith for the next generation. Perhaps He has given you a vision for service in your church or community. Perhaps He has given you words to write or speak. Are you moving forward in that call?

In the days and months ahead, I look forward to getting to know you all more as we explore how to deepen our relationship with Him through the great privilege of communing with Him in prayer and serving Him wholeheartedly in our homes and around the globe. It is my sincere hope and prayer that God will bring us all together next spring at one of the Teach Them Diligently events, so we can share our stories of His faithfulness and encourage one another through the amazing fellowship found when a whole bunch of homeschool mamas get together.

In the meantime, really ask God if He wants YOU to take a big step for Him. Trust Him enough to take that step of faith. Can you imagine what He would do with a mobilized force of believers who are willing to take big steps of service?  WOW! How I pray we see that day!

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

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