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Teach Them Diligently  🌿Encouraging and inspiring home educators in their quest to shepherd hearts as they educate minds. 🌿


Start snapping photos of your #homeschoolroom or where your kids are learning! Haven't started back to school yet? Share some photos of where they are learning this summer. Next Monday, we want you to share with us and use the tag #TTDHomeschoolSpace. We may have a giveaway to go along with it too. 😉

Now is the time of year when many of us are starting to gear up to go back to school. For those of you who are heading into your first year of #homeschool in particular, I wanted to let you know about a video course I did with my friend Rachael Carman that is designed to help you get off on the right foot-- from the foundation of your homeschool all the way through the practical elements of setting it up.

In this course, Rachael and I talk through things we have learned and discovered as God has led our families (through a combined 27 years of home education! 😄 )  We both wish we had had someone talk to us the way we were able to chat with you in this series. (And, honestly, whether you're a new homeschooler or a veteran, I think this series will be a great encouragement to you!) As a back to school special, we're offering the "How to Homeschool with Confidence" course and about $150 in free resources to go with it for only $39.99. Click on the link in our bio to get more details for the next 24 hours.

In the meantime, if you have homeschool questions, please feel free to leave them here-- I (and probably many other moms in our community!) would love to answer them for you! #HSTTD  https://teachthemdiligently.net/members/resources/homeschool-confidence-course-bundle/

Lots of #backtoschool #homeschool organizing going on here. We'll be starting 12th, 10th, 9th, and 5th grade soon. What grades will you be teaching this year? #HSTTD

I was in Psalm 139 in my devotions this morning, and I was very thankful for this reminder-- I am fearfully and wonderfully made... in the image of God no less. As I read through the rest of that passage, though, I was humbled and amazed by the fact that God not only formed me in my mother's womb, but He is also actively working in me even now-- forming me more into His image, searching and knowing my heart, being with me, thinking of me.... I continue to be fearfully and wonderfully made and transformed by our great Creator, Savior and Father. Praise His name!

I found myself all alone yesterday afternoon for a while. As I sat in my quiet house, I became keenly aware of the special sounds that help fill in the fabric of our lives when the conversation and laughter subsides. As I listened to the bird singing outside my window. countless insects chirping all around, the washing machine buzzing, and the train chugging in the distance, I couldn't help but thank God for these sounds of home and wonder how often I let these (and other) special little gifts that God gives me every day pass me by without even a notice in the busy-ness of my life.

So today, I encourage you to listen for the special sounds that surround you at home and help make up the background noise that is so comfortable.  What do you hear? I would really like to know! 😄

Do you have a sticker lover in your house? If so, you may have to make a trip to the Children's Art Biennale in Singapore sometime to let them have at it. 😉 Or if you're brave enough, create your own at home.

📷: @teachmakecreate

Anyone else stocking up at @target on the school things in the Dollar Spot section? We are going crazy with all these deals! When does your #homeschool start the new school year? 📷: @always.a.lesson

"You are so much sunshine in every square inch." (Walt Whitman)

I hope you are enjoying that summer sunshine-- both literal and figurative-- today!! :) Happy Saturday, my friends!

Can you believe it’s already July? This summer has been amazing for our family, but it is flying by WAY too fast for my liking. :) For the entire month of July, we will be looking at tips and tricks in Teach Them Diligently 365. I have a number of special guests joining me, and we have covered a lot of ground as we addressed a myriad of ideas that veteran homeschool moms have employed through the years that we have found incredibly helpful.
One way our family has “grown up” over the years is in our approach to chores. I have tried countless approaches to teaching our children responsibility and have found my approach needing to grow up as my kiddos have. This week, we’ll be looking at how our family approaches chores and responsibilities using a Daily Five approach. Get more information about how you can join me on Teach Them Diligently 365 and get access to hundreds of audio recordings from Teach Them Diligently events as well as weekly video content and monthly virtual meet-ups to encourage and equip you all year long. (Link in profile for 24 hours.) #HSTTD #Homeschool

I saw a graphic earlier this morning noting that there are only 18 summers of childhood, and I have thought about that ever since.

You see, we are now in summer 18 with our oldest, though in my mind's eye, he will always be the same little one he was here in summer 4. Now, though, our conversations are deeper, and the opportunities that lie ahead of him are greater and more exciting as he nears the end of the first leg of the race God has called him to run.

Summers 1-18 have been filled with countless amazing memories, yet I find myself wanting more. Our family has been blessed with more private jokes than we can count, better experiences together than we would have ever imagined, and God-given opportunities for which we will always be grateful.
Yet, as I look back over the summers, I don't have a vision in my mind of what my house looked like on any given day, nor of how many times I went to bed with the dishes undone. I do, though, remember the game nights after dinner that stretched so late we all decided to let the dishes wait a while. :) I remember the chaos of Nerf wars that left me finding darts for days on end in the curtains and other places. I remember swimming in the ocean, hiking in the woods, having dinner conversations so bizarre and hilarious that anyone else would surely think we were insane,  and us all laughing and loving together all along the way.
So, today, no matter what summer of childhood you are on, I encourage you to seize it! Make time for playing together, laughing together, reading together,  and just being together. I can promise that you will never look back from summer 18 and say you regret it!


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