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Did you go to the Teach Them Diligently convention?

Apr 18, 2014 - 1:21 PM - by jpapadpapa
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Just thought I'd see who went to the TTD convention and how your experience was? We went and as usual, it was amazing! In part because I knew I would have to help man the Cities4Life booth, I spent more time this year doing planning and praying beforehand than I ever have before...and it really paid off! Instead of buying a bunch of stuff I don't need, I was able to focus in on only the vendors and talks that I felt God leading me to and make the most of my limited time. I am now a firm believer that having an idea ahead of time of what direction God wants you to go is imperative! So, here's what I did...

I started out thinking and praying about what we should do. I looked over my list of ideas from last year (a notebook with pages for each child, with character issues and general issues to work on, and pages for subjects with ideas on extra-curricular ways to incorporate them...for example, making verses into artwork for Scripture memory or playing computer games for grammar, math, etc.). I check-marked things that we did, so I'd have an idea of what worked or what we didn't get to try that I wanted to (i.e., the artwork or calligraphy for Scripture memory!). I also took into account their individual academic strengths and weaknesses. Next year, we are doing more "life schooling," focusing on their God-given gifts and on ways to incorporate schooling into family life on a mini-farm (i.e., Elleina has rabbits and will need to care for them. She is researching rabbits and will learn how to make a business selling rabbit "fertilizer" This is a way to not only school, but also help the family so we don't have to care for the rabbits...and she can earn money! She is also an excellent seamstress and will also work on her sewing business. Konur will be learning computers so that he can write apps and will also be working on his writing. Part of his training in both areas will be helping me with this website! More on all this later...)

Once I felt I had a general idea of the direction God has for us next year, I began looking through the list of speakers and topics during the times I knew I would not have to be at the booth. Knowing what I needed to hear as opposed to what sounded really interesting or fun was a big help in determining where to go. Because I did this, I was able to hear three really crucial sessions that I believe God had for me! I was also able to go to one with Jon (who works in I.T.) that was important for Konur's computer-learning. More on that later, also. I starred all the ones that I was interested in and since some were in the same time slots, circled my final choices. I had intended for this to make it easier for me at the end of the conference when I went to buy some recorded sessions, but I ended up... [Read More]
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