Why I Won’t Miss TTD Homeschool Convention

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Although many of this year’s homeschool conventions have come and gone, there’s still time to find the encouragement, inspiration and refreshment you’re seeking this month in Dallas at the Teach Them Diligently Convention!

My family lives in Colorado, and we are blessed to have a state Christian homeschool convention here every June — and I’ve attended several. However after my first Teach Them Diligently Convention experience three years ago in Omaha, I’ve made it a priority to attend this particular conference every year. Why would I take a train to Omaha, drive cross-country with my family to Washington D.C., and hop on a plane this year to Dallas in the heat of July to attend a homeschool convention when there’s one annually just 40 miles from my house?!?

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Here are just a few reasons why I’m willing — make that thrilled — to trek out of Colorado each year to attend this one-of-a-kind Christian homeschooling, discipleship and parenting convention:

 1) To equip my family for God’s plans and purpose: Teach Them Diligently isn’t just another homeschooling conference. It’s about the heart of families centered on God’s Word and our calling as parents to disciple our children. My first experience at TTD was a real wake-up call for me to the fact that we are in the midst of a real spiritual battle for the hearts and minds of our children — and the battle has only intensified. The good news is that Teach Them Diligently is on a mission to equip you and strengthen your family for the daily struggles and big-picture challenges we face as followers of Jesus in the trenches of our world. You’ll be learning about discipleship and Christian parenting — not just homeschooling.

2) To learn from dynamic, passionate Christian leaders with relevant messages: Every year, I’ve been inspired, challenged and refreshed by the TTD speakers — and this year will not be any different. From nationally recognized speakers like T.C. Stallings, the Benham Brothers and Todd Friel, to some of my favorite voices in the homeschooling world like Rachael Carman, Ann Dunagan, and Hal and Melanie Young, you will be blessed by many practical and powerful messages that you can apply personally and with your family. See who else is speaking in Dallas this month.

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3) To be encouraged — not overwhelmed — in my homeschooling journey: If you’re seeking practical tools and confidence builders for your homeschooling efforts, you will also find them at Teach Them Diligently. However, you won’t find classes on every possible curriculum philosophy or teaching method under the sun: The education offered is very concise and empowering. Yes, there’s a vendor hall, but there is ample opportunity to learn about what’s available so you can explore with focus! Check out the Dallas session schedule.

4) To bring my whole family — no kidding: Last but definitely not least, Teach Them Diligently is a FAMILY conference — and when they say family, they mean it! Children aren’t just accommodated, they are welcome guests with their own educational track. Children ages 4-12 can participate in the “God’s IncrediWorld” Children’s Program, while your teens can participate in the “FOUR-12″ Teen Program. There’s a special “Evening of Real Refreshment” with Rachael Carman for moms, and a special Men’s Breakfast for dads.

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Last year we took a special family road trip to attend TTD in Washington D.C., and it was one of the best experiences we’ve had as a homeschooling family. Everyone from my husband to my 7-year-old daughter came away inspired and energized (she even gained a pen pal!). Don’t think your husband would attend a homeschooling conference? Have him check out my husband’s perspective on the experience.

This year, I’m flying to Dallas with my eldest daughter (who’s 14) to join my two sisters-in-law, fellow NextGen Homeschool authors Rosanna and Elizabeth, plus their eldest daughters and for the first time, their mom as well — the first-gen homeschooler who started it all! It will be a special time for us to fellowship and encourage one another as well as be filled by the fabulous speakers we will be hearing from.

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Teach Them Diligently Dallas is just a couple of weeks away, but there’s still time to join us and use our reader discount code NEXTGEN to save $8 on your registration. Click here to register and save $8 with our code! We really hope you’ll consider investing in yourself and your family by experiencing Teach Them Diligently for yourself if you haven’t already — you’ll be so glad you did.

Have you ever attended Teach Them Diligently or another homeschool convention? If so, what did you enjoy the most? What are you looking for in a homeschool convention? Where do you find local homeschooling encouragement?

Homeschool Mother’s Journal: June 27th

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Welcome to the June 27th edition of The Homeschool Mother’s Journal at NextGen Homeschool! Join us by linking up your blog posts below and reading what other homeschooling mamas just like you are sharing this week.

Homeschool Mother's JournalWhat is The Homeschool Mother’s Journal? HMJ is a weekly (Saturday) blog link-up providing a place for homeschool mothers to share our hearts as we journey together.  NextGen Homeschool is joining host Alicia of Vibrant Homeschooling to provide the Homeschool Mother’s Journal Link-up each Saturday.

We are so thankful for each one of you stopping by! If you haven’t already, we’d love for you to like us on our Facebook page as we grow our community over there. We’d love to connect with you there as we will soon begin to share many of the wonderful posts linked up each week.

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NEXTGEN HOMESCHOOL: NEW THIS WEEK

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Thank you to everyone who shared last week on Homeschool Mother’s Journal! This week’s featured post on The Homeschooling Mother’s Journal is:

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Be sure to check out our Homeschool Mother’s Journal co-hostess: Alicia at Vibrant Homeschooling!

Now on to this week’s link-up!


Preparing for Teach Them Diligently Dallas

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In less than a month, I will be enjoying the weekend with my sister, Elizabeth, and sister-in-law Renée, in Dallas at the Teach Them Diligently Convention. Every year I anticipate Teach Them Diligently like a kid getting ready for summer camp. I know that it will be life changing, and I will come home overwhelmed (in […]

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Homeschool Mother’s Journal: June 20th

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Welcome to the June 20th edition of The Homeschool Mother’s Journal at NextGen Homeschool! Join us by linking up your blog posts below and reading what other homeschooling mamas just like you are sharing this week. What is The Homeschool Mother’s Journal? HMJ is a weekly (Saturday) blog link-up providing a place for homeschool mothers to share our hearts as we journey […]

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Tools to Help You Bloom as a Homeschool Mama

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Although I’m a NextGen homeschooler and had a positive personal experience with homeschooling, I struggled with many of the same doubts and fears — the “big fat lies” — that all homeschool mamas face, and I didn’t homeschool from the start. In fact, it took me several years to grow my faith and develop confidence to […]

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Why a Daily Homeschool Routine Works for Us

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As a former editorial manager who juggled a team of writers, editors and varying project deadlines on a wall-sized white board and spreadsheet, I didn’t expect to run into challenges managing our daily homeschool schedule. However, our first two years of homeschooling, it seemed that no matter what fabulous recommended scheduling system I tried or homeschool planning […]

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Find Freedom From Your Homeschooling Fears

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Fear often holds us back in our homeschooling journey and robs us of the joy God has in store for us as we teach our children and create deeper relationships with them. I have yet to meet a homeschooler who hasn’t struggled with some of these fears — myself included. I find that on a daily basis, […]

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Homeschool Mother’s Journal: June 13th

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Welcome to the June 13th edition of The Homeschool Mother’s Journal at NextGen Homeschool! Join us by linking up your blog posts below and reading what other homeschooling mamas just like you are sharing this week. What is The Homeschool Mother’s Journal? HMJ is a weekly (Saturday) blog link-up providing a place for homeschool mothers to share our hearts as we journey […]

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Learning Continues Despite Life’s Distractions

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Even after 10 years of homeschooling, my biggest challenge is still consistency.  Because of our lifestyle — owning two busy donut shops  — my plans are interrupted on an almost daily basis. Add to that the recent chaos of building a house, selling a house, moving to the new house, and the overall distraction of having […]

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Homeschool Mother’s Journal: June 6th

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Welcome to the June 6th edition of The Homeschool Mother’s Journal at NextGen Homeschool! Join us by linking up your blog posts below and reading what other homeschooling mamas just like you are sharing this week. What is The Homeschool Mother’s Journal? HMJ is a weekly (Saturday) blog link-up providing a place for homeschool mothers to share our hearts as we […]

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Take the Complexity out of Homeschool Co-Ops

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Today we wrapped up a semester of Botany with our informal homeschool co-op by taking a scavenger-hunt hike with three families who have children close in age to ours. This concept of sharing educational experiences with a few friends is the essential definition of an educational “co-op” — or at least it should be. However, as homeschooling has grown in popularity and population, […]

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Homeschool Mother’s Journal: May 30th

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Welcome to the May 30th edition of The Homeschool Mother’s Journal at NextGen Homeschool! Join us by linking up your blog posts below and reading what other homeschooling mamas just like you are sharing this week. What is The Homeschool Mother’s Journal? HMJ is a weekly (Saturday) blog link-up providing a place for homeschool mothers to share our hearts as we journey […]

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Homeschool Mother’s Journal: May 23rd

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Welcome to the May 23rd edition of The Homeschool Mother’s Journal at NextGen Homeschool! Join us by linking up your blog posts below and reading what other homeschooling mamas just like you are sharing this week. What is The Homeschool Mother’s Journal? HMJ is a weekly (Saturday) blog link-up providing a place for homeschool mothers to share our hearts as […]

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Homeschool Mother’s Journal: May 16th

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Welcome to the May 16th edition of The Homeschool Mother’s Journal at NextGen Homeschool! Join us by linking up your blog posts below and reading what other homeschooling mamas just like you are sharing this week. What is The Homeschool Mother’s Journal? HMJ is a weekly (Saturday) blog link-up providing a place for homeschool mothers to share our hearts as we […]

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