About Train up a Child Publishing
Hey, I’m Dana!
I’m a former homeschooling mom, passionate about helping you homeschool with courage and confidence. By God’s grace, I homeschooled through high school and now I want to help you do it, too.
If you’ve been around awhile, you may remember us as Epi Kardia — remember the lovely heart, drawn by my husband, on our website and curricula covers?
My goal is still to help Christian homeschooling parents to raise godly and well-educated generations. But it’s also to help moms learn to homeschool more effectively with confidence and courage.
But you have to admit, “Train up a Child Publishing” is a lot easier to remember and pronounce than Epi Kardia!
“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old, he will not depart from it.” ~Proverbs 22:6
So, according to this verse, We want to train up a child in the way he should go; the way God made him or her. I’m going to help you learn to become students of your children to discover how they best learn. Our homeschool curriculum, even in high school, offers opportunities to teach to visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learners.
Customizing your homeschooling curriculum to fit your students helps your homeschooling be more engaging and effective. This makes YOU feel more confident in your ability to homeschool. That’s what I’m talking about!
One of the first things I learned about homeschooling was that the way I thought I was supposed to teach wasn’t the way my children learned.
It was quite a shock!
After some exploration, some tears…prayer…research…and a little trial and error, we found something that WORKED.
We found that a modified Charlotte Mason approach was perfect for all of us!
It was natural, flexible, focused on a biblical worldview, used the highest quality literature, and it was MUCH easier to teach than the other methods we tried. Yay! We studied history chronologically and wove science, language arts and fine arts into our studies as they naturally occurred.
And because my kids and yours probably have different ways of learning than just “read the chapter, answer the study questions, and take the test,” we incorporate lots of other types of learning in our curriculum.
Eventually, hands on projects, graphic timelines, notebooking, and lapbooking ideas were all included in Train up a Child Publishing curricula, as well as discussion, narration, copywork and other tried and true methods of teaching and learning.
Before we had children, did I expect to be homeschooling? Honestly, no, I didn’t. But I am OH, SO GLAD that we did! Not that it has always been easy or without frustration at times, but the fruit that resulted in our children and our family has blessed us immeasurably. Now with grown children who are following hard after the Lord, I can readily see how our many years of homeschooling brought our family together and has kept us close.
What are our kids doing now, you ask?
Aliece, our oldest, is married to David and is a doctor of physical therapy practicing locally. (YAY!) The picture picture below on the right was taken right after her graduation with honors from the Medical University of South Carolina. The picture on the left shows our son, Michael graduating with his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree, also from the Medical University of South Carolina. Michael was homeschooled from Kindergarten through High school and Aliece from third grade through high school.
Why am I doing this, anyway?
I had a local support group and faithfully went to meetings and even took a leadership role. More than once. But as I homeschooled longer, fewer and fewer moms were around who had older kids they were homeschooling. Just like you, I had questions! I wanted people who could walk alongside me, encourage me, and assure me I was doing the right thing. Do you ever feel like that?
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