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About Train up a Child Publishing


Train up a Child PublishingHey, I’m Dana!

I’m a former homeschooling mom, passionate about helping you make your homeschooling more fun and effective as you homeschool from a biblical point of view.  Been there, successfully done that (by God’s grace), and now I want to help you do it, too.

Train up a Child Publishing

Epi Kardia Heart

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?


Although my goal is still to help Christian homeschooling parents to raise godly and well-educated generations, I think “Train up a Child Publishing” is easier to remember (and pronounce!) and will be recognized as part of a familiar Bible verse by Christian parents:

“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old, he will not depart from it.” ~Proverbs 22:6

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Our Family

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. From that I’ll show you how to make your homeschool curriculum fit your children’s natural gifts and interests.  Our homeschool curriculum, even in high school, offers opportunities to teach to visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learners. Customizing your homeschooling curriculum helps make your homeschooling MORE FUN AND EFFECTIVE.

I’m a homeschooling mom like you who happily homeschooled from kindergarten through high school.  I want to help you do the same, through our literature-based homeschool curricula and through my blog, both written from a biblical worldview.

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 a bit of exploration, we found that a modified Charlotte Mason approach worked wonderfully 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 and more engaging 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.

Hands on projects, graphic timelines, note-booking, and lap-booking ideas are all contained within 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.

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Michael graduating from M.U.S.C.

Aliece graduating from M.U.S.C.

Aliece graduating from M.U.S.C.


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. I had questions! I was insecure! I wondered if my kids would get into college! I wanted people who could walk alongside me, encourage me, and assure me I was doing the right thing. I want to be that person for you.

 In fact, if you want to learn more about successful homeschooling and could use two free classic, well-loved poetry e-books, I invite you to join my mailing list!

In addition to two free e-books, you’ll receive approximately weekly emails full of teaching ideas, free lesson plans, homeschooling support, Christian parenting suggestions, book reviews and even discount coupons.  You’ll be first to hear about new products and we also have special sales just for our loyal subscribers.

Can’t wait to meet you!  Just give me your name and email address and I’ll come visit your inbox!



Tired of the tears (theirs and yours)?


You don’t have to tie them to their chairs to get their school work done.

Instead, make homeschooling an adventure by reading about swashbuckling heroes, damsels in distress, touch-and-go battles and and dangerous escapes.

Immerse your children in the sights and sounds of history through reading excellent books. Bring history, science and fine arts to life by reading our best-of-the-best book suggestions. (A traditional textbook just isn’t going to do this for your kids.)

Like doing things your way?

Put together your own curriculum (history, language arts, science and fine arts) using our chronological history unit study framework with hundreds of pre-read, best-of-the-best book suggestions and assignment ideas (Unit Program Tools).    


Take a deep breath and stop worrying about not covering enough with our open and go Daily Lesson Plans covering history, language arts, science (K-8th) and fine arts.

All done for you and ready to go.


Teaching High Schoolers? Study history and literature by making a model, illustrating a scene from a book, or planning and putting on a Renaissance feast!

(We write essays, too, but not all the time).

Customizable to fit YOUR kids.