You want to provide your kids with lifegiving homeschooling, but…


You FEEL like a ping-pong ball, bouncing back and forth between your kids’ schoolwork,  piles of homeschooling books and supplies, cleaning, and cooking. And maybe even a part-time job.

You DREAMED you could educate your kids at home. But both you and your kids are bored and at odds with each other trying to get through a dry curriculum and a tedious routine. And forget about the house that looks like a tornado went through and about eating anything but peanut butter and jelly or cereal.


You WANT to be a soft-spoken, calm mom and raise your kids with a grace-filled, Biblical foundation. You want an inspiring and effective homeschool. But putting the pieces together to make it all work seems out of reach.

 I believe you can provide your kids a lifegiving home education and have a happy, thriving household.


What homeschool moms are saying about Train up a Child Publishing:


Imagine for a moment…

providing your kids lifegiving homeschooling and drink coffee in a green cupMore smoothly flowing days where everyone is “on the same team,” and your kids get their homeschool work done without nagging…providing your kids lifegiving homeschoolingFinishing your daily read-aloud snuggled with your kids on the sofa, with them begging you to keep reading…providing your kids lifegiving homeschooling and drink coffee in a green cupBeing at peace, knowing you’re doing everything you need to do and nothing you don’t.


When you become a Train up a Child Publishing community member, you’ll learn how to provide your kids lifegiving homeschooling and have a happy, thriving home.

If you want that, I invite you to join my community. Click on the graphic below to learn more.

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Welcome to my website! I’m Dana!

When I started our home education journey, I was a hot mess, bouncing between the kids’ schoolwork, piles of books and supplies, cleaning and cooking, church ministry, and a part-time job.bring homeschool education to life

I was burning the candle at both ends and not doing anything well.

I knew that the foundation for home education had to be the same as for Christian parenting: a Christ-centered, mentoring relationship between my kids and me.  After all, the essence of Christian home education is identical to that of Christian parenting.

I got that part.  But somehow,  I’d expected to be able to do all the things I’d always done and homeschool.


I didn’t realize how much homeschooling would change our lives.  Talk about naive! I drastically needed to pare down my outside activities. And we all needed to learn better habits for getting daily jobs done.

Only then could I concentrate on bringing my kids’  home education to life by:

  • Experimenting with different types of homeschooling methods (Traditional for about half a second, Classical, Charlotte Mason). We settled on Charlotte Mason-inspired.
  • Becoming a student of how children learn by reading scientific research about it. And experimenting with that, too, with my kids (and others).
  • Practicing putting the first things first: teaching from a Biblical worldview and letting my faith inform the curricula I chose (and later helped create), our family priorities, our outside activities…

Thankfully, I became more of a coach and mentor, especially as my children got older. And although I made (and apologized for) plenty of mistakes, home education was the best parenting decision we ever made.

Now I’ve had the joy of seeing our kids get accepted and graduate from both college and graduate school. And more importantly, they still love Jesus and their parents. In fact, as our children are now grown, I consider them my best friends.

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


How can I help you provide your kids lifegiving homeschooling?

Here are a few places to start:

  • Read more about how to bring your kids’ homeschool education to life with these three principles.
  • Learn how to balance homemaking and homeschooling better by reading 11 Tips to Simplify Your (Homeschool) Life. 
  • Make your kids’ learning stick by ditching the boring textbooks and starting to use Real Books to Teach.
  • Check out our Unit Program Tools (for kindergarten through high school ) based on the chronological study of history. Perfect if you like putting together your own curriculum using history units!
  • Take a look at our Daily Lesson Plans if you prefer an open-and-go curriculum. Our daily plans cover history, science, language arts, and fine arts- all in one volume!  (All you need are the library books to go with it!)
  • Spice up your high school student’s coursework with our literature-based, customizable High School courses that cover all the literature,  English electives, and history courses your high schooler needs.

What homeschool moms are saying about our curriculum:

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provide your kids lifegiving homeschooling - testimonial

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So let’s get started!

First, I invite you to join my online (email) community. Click the link on the graphic below to read more.


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