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You are excited about homeschooling and you have big dreams of how it could be.


But now that you’ve started, you don’t have any idea how to get where you want to go.

The house, the meals, the shopping, your church activities, your work… You might even feel like this reader:


“It’s just too much. I feel like I’m not doing a good job at anything. My house is always a wreck, I’m behind with everything, the kids are bored and are fighting me about school. I feel like I’m constantly being interrupted and mad at them all the time. This is not how I pictured homeschooling!”


I’m Dana, and I believe you can bring your kids’ education to life and still balance life’s responsibilities.


When I started homeschooling, I was totally in over my head. I didn’t know how hard it would be to figure out how to do a good job teaching my kids, and still get everything done that I needed to do.  I struggled with running the household and putting in the time that homeschooling required.  Let alone having time to learn how to bring my kids’ education to life.

And when did I get so CRANKY?!

Then I realized that I hadn’t given a thought to how homeschooling would fit into my already busy life. I had to make some changes, and fast!  It was crucial for me to learn some good habits and routines.  Not only did I need to learn them, but I also needed to teach them to my kids for this to work. I decided what I could do and what I had to say “no” to.

I also had to stand back and realize that having my kids’ hearts was more important than getting our academics done.

Slowly, but with certainty, I grew in my ability to homeschool from a place of peace.


I prayed more specifically for my kids. I got to know them better. When my children fought me (or each other) on something, we put away the books and dealt with it. We worked at consistently training obedience.  We regularly worked at building better habits.

I also studied learning research to see how kids learned best. And I discovered that using those learning methods not only worked for my kids, they truly brought my homeschooling to life for my kids!  And they’ll do the same for yours.

We read the best in children’s literature and used teaching methods that made learning stick. And I eventually co-created a curriculum that parents can customize to fit their children, instead of trying to make their children fit a curriculum.

Along with a more streamlined and effective homeschool, I  prioritized my outside activities and how I ran the house. This made my days go more smoothly so I wasn’t dead tired all the time.

Then homeschooling became something we could all enjoy, instead of the chore that it had been before. Our homeschooling and our homelife had been transformed.  

LIfegiving homeschool.  Happy Home.

If this is what you are craving, I’d love to help!  Drop your email address below, and I’ll send you my free checklist, “10 Best Hacks for Lifegiving Homeschooling without Losing Your House.”  You’ll also get weekly-ish posts from a long time homeschool mom who’s graduated two kids. Read what they’re doing now.


My Goal with this Website and Blog

Train up a Child Publishing exists to help you bring your kids’ education to life while still balancing your daily responsibilities.   With our literature-based, Charlotte Mason-inspired curriculum, helpful blog, and experienced mentoring, you can learn how to make homeschooling and homemaking work effectively.

Our Popular Posts

My blog has been around a while, so there are LOTS of resources here. Whether you’re looking for help deciding about homeschooling, need to know how to make cookie dough maps to teach geography, or just trying to make homeschooling and homemaking work without killing yourself,  there’ll be help for you here.

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How to share Black History Month with Kids

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Our Curriculum

We offer literature-based, Charlotte Mason-inspired homeschool curricula written from a Christian point of view, for your kindergarten through high school students. And even better—it’s customizable to fit your family.  Read more about it on our Curriculum Options page or click the graphics below.

Unit Program Tools
Daily Lesson Plans
High School Courses

From our FAQs Page

Yes, the Unit Programs are more economical I know that’s a factor for most us. But in the long run, you’ll be the happiest and your homeschooling will get the best results if you get the program that matches the way you want to teach.

You should choose the Daily Lesson Plans over our Unit Programs if this sounds like you:

  • You don’t know what you should teach (or how to teach) history, science, art, or language arts, and you don’t have the time to figure it out.
  • The desire, energy, and time to come up with the best children’s literature, fun projects, interesting assignments, or age-appropriate science experiments just aren’t there.  The same goes for copy work, spelling, and vocabulary words — you want them chosen for you already and be relevant to the history, science, and language arts your child is learning.
  • You’re worried you aren’t covering the right things or enough of the right things. So you’d feel more confident with structured daily lessons including reading assignments, discussion questions, narration prompts, spelling vocabulary, grammar, and composition lessons all ready for you to teach. You want an open and go curriculum.

You should choose the Unit Programs over our Daily Lesson Plans if this sounds like you:

  • Creating your own curriculum and lesson plans is something you love doing. You like to search the computer for activities, experiments, and projects –but you’d like to have a “framework” already created so you don’t have to start from scratch.
  • You prefer homeschooling at your own pace, enjoy having the time to go down rabbit trails, and don’t want the pressure of curriculum that tells you what to say and do.
  • Teaching all or most of your children history, science, and fine arts at the same time with the same curriculum is the way you want to teach.
  • You’re looking for a fabulous list of hundreds of exciting and often character-building books (that have been pre-read by someone with your values), organized chronologically by time period and topic to supplement this or another curriculum you’re already using.

And, actually, many moms get a combination of both Daily Lesson Plans and Unit Programs or get the Daily Lesson Plans and the Teacher’s Manual separately.

There are many more book suggestions, projects, and assignment ideas in our Unit Program curriculum, as well as Teacher Overviews summarizing each period in history.  There’s also an extra unit of Resource listings that are not in the Daily Lesson Plans.

In addition, although the Daily Lesson Plans are clear and easy to implement, the Teacher’s Manual has more detailed information regarding teaching and evaluating writing, for example, than the Daily Lesson Plans.  (However, you may certainly use the Daily Lesson Plans without purchasing the Unit Programs or the Teacher’s Manual.)

The Daily Lesson Plans give the Unit Programs structure; the Unit Programs give the Daily Lesson Plans flexibility.

Our history courses, American History I and World History I, are both full-year courses. Our literature courses:  General Literature, American Literature, British Literature, and World Literature, are also all full-year courses. Our English electives are one-semester courses: Essay Styles for High School, The Art of Public Speaking, and The Steps to Writing a Research Paper.

First, our courses use real, whole, excellent books, instead of textbooks or excerpts of books.

Secondly, our courses are not “cookie-cutter” courses where everyone does the exact same assignment. Instead, our courses offer several choices of assignments, and you and your student are free to choose.

Yes, we have writing assignments and we recommend your student write at least one or two of every essay type. But we also have assignments that utilize the gifts and talents God gave your high school student. The assignments in our history and literature courses will allow your student to build a model, design and cook a historically accurate feast, dramatize a scene from a story or an event, design period costumes, illustrate a scene in a story, and more.

Using your students’ natural gifts will make learning not only be more enjoyable, it will make the learning stick.


What parents are saying …

I was looking for a literature-based curriculum that incorporated several subjects and I was praying that God would lead me to the right one. I did a quick google search one night and this is the first curriculum that came up and I cannot tell you how excited I was!

— Katie

WOW! Your World History I course is thorough! Very well done. You make it easy for a teacher to use without having to do the expert research. After a year with this resource, no one will be second-guessing their choice [of a World History course], wondering whether there was a better one out there, or did they cover everything. Your course was well worth the wait! The only problem is, now I am salivating for World History II!

With admiration, Amy

Thank you again for your wonderful [high school] literature program. My daughter is currently completing her 2nd year with Train up a Child Publishing’s literature and loves it.

– Ann