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If you’re like most of my visitors, you either want to homeschool or you’re already homeschooling. I know you’re excited about homeschooling, and you have big dreams of how you want it to be.

You not only want to teach your children, you also want to mentor them. You want to Train up [your] Child in the way he should go…,” as the Bible says.

But there are some things that are getting in your way. Either fear of making the commitment, or just being responsible for too many things: 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!”

Do you ever feel like that?

You’re not the only one that feels that way. Every homeschool mom feels overwhelmed at times.

I certainly have. 

I know what it means to feel like you’re in over your head. To either be afraid to get started, or afraid to truly commit to homeschooling.

Or once you’ve committed, to be worried about everything: Am I doing enough? Am I teaching the right things? Are they learning enough? Is there a better curriculum out there that I should be using? Will they be able to get into college?

For my first few homeschooling years, I struggled with these same things. Too often I burned the candle at both ends trying to keep up with everything. I powered through, but often at the expense of my health and my priorities.

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

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

I studied how my kids learned best and taught them more effectively. I co-created curriculum I could customize to fit them, instead of trying to make them fit the curriculum.

Then school was fun, not the chore that it had been before.

My Goal with this Website and Blog

Train up a Child Publishing exists to help you homeschool more competently and confidently.  With our literature-based, Charlotte Mason-inspired curriculum and experienced mentoring, you can learn how to homeschool more effectively, too.

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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 cheaper.  I know that’s a factor for most us. But in the long run, you’ll be the happiest and your homeschooling will work best 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.
  • You don’t have the desire, energy, or time to come up with fun projects, interesting assignments, or age-appropriate science experiments. You want copy work, spelling, and vocabulary words chosen for you that are relevant to the history, science, and language arts your child needs to learn.
  • 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 already for you to teach. You want open and go curriculum.

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

  • You enjoy creating your own curriculum and lesson plans and 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.
  • You want to teach all your children history and science at the same time with the same curriculum.
  • You’re looking for a fabulous list of hundreds of exciting and 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 by the Daily Lesson Plans and the Teacher’s Manual separately.

There are many more books 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.

Endorsements

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

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