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Helping you homeschool confidently and competently.


Train up a Child PublishingHey, I’m Dana!

I’m a former homeschooling mom, passionate about helping you homeschool with courage and confidence. You grow in courage as you own it… and commit to it. You grow in confidence as you learn how to homeschool.

By God’s grace, I want to show you how. I homeschooled through high school and I want to help you do it, too.

homeschool with courage and confidence - Epi Kardia Heart

Epi Kardia Heart

If you’ve been around  awhile, you may remember our first company name,  Epi Kardia.  We had that 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 you learn to homeschool more effectively, growing with courage and confidence.

“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 Growing 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.  Our homeschool curriculum, even in high school, offers opportunities to teach to visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learners.

Making your homeschooling curriculum fit your students (instead of trying to fit your students to your curriculum) helps your homeschooling students to learn to love learning.

As you see them learning, you’ll be more confident in your ability to homeschool.  And 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 a method 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!

With this method, you study history chronologically, and weave in science, language arts and fine arts as they naturally occurred. All using the best in children’s literature. Easy peasy!

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.

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Michael graduating from M.U.S.C.

homeschool with courage and confidence - Aliece graduating from M.U.S.C.

Aliece graduating from M.U.S.C.


Why am I helping moms homeschool with confidence?

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 was insecure! I wanted people who could walk alongside me, encourage me, and assure me I was doing the right things. Do you ever feel like that?

If you do, you’ve found the right place. I’d love to know you and share your homeschooling joys and struggles.

So please grab your fav beverage (mine is coffee) and take some time looking over my site and blog.

For ideas, lesson plans and more, take a look at my blog.hen, check out  my Facebook page, and join our community below.

 Learn to homeschool succussfully, with courage and confidence, and get two free classic, well-loved poetry e-books (one with gorgeous illustrations). Read more here

Can’t wait to meet you!




Tired of the tears (theirs and yours)?

You don’t have to daydream about tying them to their chairs to get their work done.

Instead, make homeschooling an adventure by reading about swashbuckling heroes, damsels in distress, touch-and-go battles and dangerous escapes. Not only are many of the books we recommend exciting, they often teach real-life lessons on overcoming adversity and building character.

Instead of begging them to read another chapter in their ho-hum textbooks, 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 and choosing among our many activity and lesson ideas.

Are you worried you aren’t covering enough?

Take a deep breath and stop worrying 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.


OR…you might like to craft your OWN lesson plans rather than being told what to say and do.

Put together your own lessons in history, language arts, science, and fine arts using our Unit Program Tools with hundreds of pre-read, best-of-the-best book suggestions and assignment ideas.