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.
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!
Is Teach Them Diligently The Perfect Homeschool Convention 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!