TTD Scavenger Hunt Family Fun Challenge

Aim For Fun! TTD Nashville Field Trips & Scavenger Hunt fun!

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Come see A Journey Through Learning and Wildlife Adventures by Adventures in Childrearing in Nashville with Teach Them Diligently! Make a fun family field tripping time out of it with this scavenger hunt challenge.
Field Trips
One of our favorite things about homeschooling . . . is the opportunity to take amazing field trips and enjoy hands on learning. Teach Them Diligently Convention begins in Nashville on March 19 – 21 so we have put together some fun and frugal or free field trip ideas – with a twist.
Scavenger Hunt Photo Challenge
Use your smart phone to take photos of yourself or your family in front of special field trip locations around Nashville. Tweet out the photos using Teach Them Diligently hashtags – then visit the A Journey Through Learning & Wildlife Adventures booth at the convention to show us & get a special treat!
Wacky Adventures  – use hashtag #ttdnashville
Challenges include things such as “take a wacky photo in front of the Parthenon” and “google or look up the Tennessee state tree & take a picture of one (or a pic of a picture of one) and tweet it out with fun message”.
Complete one task or complete them all! Most of all – enjoy this family fun time and your visit to the Teach Them Diligently Convention in Nashville.
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(Please make a note – use hashtag #TTDNASHVILLE to share your fun photos)
Aim For Fun! Scavenger Hunt Field Trips!  TTD Field Trip scavenger hunt - Nashville  Special Treat at the AJTL & Wildlife Adventures booth when you share a tweet & scavenger hunt pic with us!
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Homeschool Convention Season: How-to Make the Most of It

Making the Most of Homeschool Convention Season

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Homeschool Convention Season is upon us and we’re ready to make the most of it. Many families plan vacation around various conventions, for our family . . . . it’s road trip time!

While you may not need to go to more than one homeschool convention each year, it is important that you choose one that is right for your family, and that you make the most of the experience.

We highly recommend all of the Teach Them Diligently Conventions . . . they are Christian conferences created to guide families not only in homeschooling, but in bringing their families closer to the Lord. They encourage families in every aspect of family life – along with homeschooling.

No matter which conferences you choose, with a little bit of planning, you can turn it into an experience the family looks forward to each and every year.

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Map it Out

Pull out the Atlas & road maps and plan your route! Get the kids involved, and turn it into a geography lesson. Look for museums along the way. Be sure to check the ASTC.org Passport list HERE. If your local science center is on the list – you can join and have access to the rest of the museums on the passport list! That means that with your membership comes hundreds of free museum opportunities from around the world. There are exclusions – so be sure to check out the details. We join each year & often plan extra days into our trips to check out the museums along the way. Roadschooling at it’s best!

State and National Parks or National Monuments are another great option for field trips on your way to conventions. Check the link HERE to see about visiting National Museums and MonumentsYou’ll find teaching plans and resources to go with the National Parks & Museums HERE.

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TTD Atlanta

While in Atlanta for TTD – be sure to take time to stop in Macon to see the Ocmulgee National Monument.  The mounds of four pre-historic cultures lived for thousands of years before the invitation of Europeans. Ocmulgee National Monument is the ancestral home land of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation who now reside in Oklahoma.

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There is a small museum on site where you can view artifacts, watch a movie and learn about the culture of the natives who lived there before. Inside the largest mound – is a pathway which leads to the central meeting area where the tribe came together to make important decisions. The property is impressive. Plan to take a nice walk and enjoy a picnic. About 2 hours time will be enough to cover your visit – and it is well worth the honor of visiting this National Monument. Admission is free.

While you are south of Atlanta – be sure to stop by the Georgia Museum of Agriculture & Historic Village. Admission is $7 for adults during the week or $10 on weekends (includes a train ride on the weekends) and $4 and $5 for kids. Those under 4 years of age are always free.

The grounds of the Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village have over 35 structures which have been relocated to the 95 acre site and faithfully restored or preserved.  Have a picnic while you are there. See the old church, drug store, farmstead, gristmill, peanut museum, the old schoolhouse, turpentine still and more!

There are several museums in and around Atlanta – which are on the list from ASTC.org.

 TTD Nashville

Get a list of outdoor parks and fun for families HERE.  Downtown has a park with a beautiful replica of the Parthenon building. The grounds include a pond with ducks and plenty of shade for picnics. (We do a lot of picnics while on the  road).  Walk around downtown and enjoy the Centennial monuments, fountains and more.

Visit Country Music Hall of Fame , Grand Ole’ Opry Backstage Tour,  Get a big list of Nashville attractions and museums HERE. 

 TTD Sandusky, OH

Sandusky, Ohio is a small city that is home to one of the most beautiful collections of historical architecture in the Midwest. Visit the Seneca Caves in Ohio – HERE –  for an exciting adventure.  Check out the list of Gardens & State Preserves HERE.  

Take a drive over to the African Safari Wildlife Park and enjoy a unique kind of zoo experience. Cedar Point is the world famous amusement park located in Sandusky.

Be sure to check the ASTC.org list for the Ohio museums to see if you’ll be driving past one of the great options to visit.

TTD Dallas, TX

Visit the Dallas Heritage Village for a look at historical life as a Texan.  Adults will pay $9 and kids between 4 – 12 are only $5 each. Take a walk downtown in Pioneer Plaza for some great photo ops and enjoy the sculptures and beautifully landscaped design.

The Old Red Museum is one of the few history museums in the nation to include a hands-on education center designed specifically for younger visitors. The Crystal Charity Ball Children’s Education Center is a unique learning center for students from pre-K to young adult and offers hands-on activities, exhibits on children in Dallas County and twelve TEKS-based touch screens.

The Perot Museum is on the list of ASTC.org participants & therefore FREE

 Pit -Stops

Another idea is to check points along your travel route that make for good stopping points – then search that area for special museums and parks to visit. I usually plan to stop about every three hours on our trips. If needed – we can certainly go longer than that to get to a special stopping point, but we like to make these pit stops for adventure along the way.

Keep ’em Busy

Set kids up with clip boards and attached pencil, and give them their own road map for the trip. We bring along colored pencils and markers to use as well as dry erase boards. The kids bring electronic games, mad libs, and get their own snack bags. We always make a dollar store stop before leaving town to stock up on inexpensive, fun treats to keep them occupied.

Look for educational options. We love the Melissa & Doug License Plate Game.

Or try our free License Plate Math Worksheets from Adventures in Childrearing. All you need is a pencil and a clipboard to go along with this fun free printable. Kids love checking out the license plates of the cars on the road.

Travel Math Sheets

License Plate Sheets

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Which homeschool conventions will you be visiting this year? Do you plan a fun extended field trip out of it?

Why Attend a Homeschool Convention?

Attend a HOmeschool Convention

 

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Homeschool Convention Season is quickly approaching. Why attend a homeschool convention? There are so many reasons why it’s a good idea to attend each year, but we will go over a few of our favorites. . .

  • Meet others who are on a similar journey  – Fellowship with other Christians & homeschoolers is important. There is something very special about a group of people gathered together with the same or similar focus and goals.
  • Encouragement – We all need it. The speakers, vendors and other homeschool friends are a terrific source of encouragement to help you remember why you have chosen this path and to help you through a variety of difficulties facing homeschool families today.
  • Education –  Knowledge is power! It may be cliche’, but it is repeated over and over again for a reason. The more you learn and educate yourself about parenting, homeschooling, teaching special needs, products and ideas – the more equipped you are to tackle your own family homeschool with confidence.

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  • Teaching Methods – Learn about so many different tips and techniques for teaching that you just won’t find anywhere else. No matter what your child’s learning style may be, there is curriculum, products, and teaching styles to fit their individual needs.
  • Unique Experience – Until you have been to a homeschool convention, you simply cannot comprehend the power in it. Over and over again, we talk to people who are completely taken by surprise to experience so many families who are homeschooling. Friendships are made, relationships are formed and families plan to come back and meet up year after year.
  • Saturation – With the environment of the homeschool convention being what it is, you become saturated in homeschool spirit. You leave feeling refreshed, encouraged, informed and prepared.

M.E.E.T.U.S.

Just in case you didn’t notice-our top 6 reasons to attend a homeschool convention spell out “Meet Us”

As the creators of AJTL curriculum and lapbooks – we are here to help, encourage, instruct and we LOVE to meet our customers and other homeschool families. Be sure to come by the booth and say hello. We will gladly answer any questions you have and will spend time helping you. Nancy will be speaking on several different topics as well.

Nancy and Paula

Come visit A Journey Through Learning at these upcoming conventions!

FPEA Special Needs Struggling Learners Convention
Orlando, FL

November 21-22, 2014

Great Homeschool Conventions
Fort Worth
, TX
February 11-15, 2015

Teach Them Diligently Convention
Atlanta, GA

April 9-11, 2015

FPEA Convention
Orlando, FL

May 21-24

Teach Them Diligently Convention
Sandusky, OH

May 28-30

Teach Them Diligently Convention
Dallas, TX

July 16-18

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to let us know which conference you will be attending!

Teach Them Diligently Facebook Party!

Launch Your Homeschool To A New Level Facebook Party   We are so excited for the HUGE Facebook party that is coming up Thursday night, May 29th, at 9 pm Eastern. In addition to fun, insightful, and somewhat frantic conversation, our partners are joining us in offering over $1,200 worth of prizes!! This is DEFINITELY one party you do not want to miss!

How do I Facebook Party?

If you have never participated in a Facebook party before, don’t worry! It’s easy to do! First, like the Teach Them Diligently Convention Facebook page. Next, show up a little before 9 pm EDT on Thursday night with some ice cream or other fun snack. (Ok, that’s not ABSOLUTELY necessary, but I like to do it anyway!) Once the party starts, we’ll be posting questions or prizes about every 2 minutes, so make sure you refresh your page often. The party will move FAST. You are free to chat in the threads, answer the questions, register for the prizes, and just enjoy the evening. After the party, we’ll give you plenty of time to make sure you’ve registered before the giveaways close. We’ll pick our winners and announce them all on our FB page after the party. It will be a perfect end to a very fun evening!

Facebook Party Scavenger Hunt

Just for fun, we are adding an extra element to our Facebook party this time. We will be taking some “field trips” to other Facebook pages to enter to win a series of prizes worth over $100 each! Thanks to Ali Dent, Doorposts, The Teach Them Diligently Planner (Powered by My Homeschool Grades,) Dual Credit at Home, Shiller Math, Knowledge Quest, Raising Real Men, and APlus TutorSoft Math for making the Launch Your Homeschool to a New Level Facebook Party so special! Each of these companies certainly play a major role in helping homeschool families launch their homeschool to that new level, too! Make sure you check them out and learn how they can help your family!

What Prizes Can Be Won?

Win These Prizes With Launch Your Homeschool Facebook Party

That doesn’t even mention all the door prizes and freebies that will be offered!!

Pre-Party Prize Pack And RSVP

RSVP early to register to win a Pre-Party Prize Pack, consisting of a Teach Them Diligently Prize Pack (Travel mug, tote bag, AND free registration to your choice of Teach Them Diligently Events in 2014 or 2015!) as well as a lifetime membership to the Teach Them Diligently Planner, powered by My Homeschool Grades. Pre-party prize pack is worth more than $225!! Follow the instructions below to RSVP and enter to win!

Make your plans NOW to join us at our next Facebook Party on May 29th! And don’t forget to register for Dallas before it’s too late to save an extra $10 with early online registration the deadline to save an extra $10 is TOMORROW!! Act now.

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Join Us At Teach Them Diligently!

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We are pleased to announce Nancy Fileccia, co-owner of A Journey Through Learning, is speaking at two Teach Them Diligently events this year! We would like to invite you to attend one of these wonderful conventions! Nancy will be specifically speaking at the Washington, D.C. and Dallas events.

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Teach Them Diligently – Washington, D.C.
May 15-17th, 2014

Teach Them Diligently – Dallas, Texas
June 26-28, 2014

You can visit the above links to find complete details on location, registration, speakers, exhibitors, and family programming.

Nancy will share from her new book (to be released late April) More Than A Memory – The Candace Kate Story.

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One Family’s Story of Love, Pain, Loss, and Joy

The Fileccias did not consider themselves special, but just an ordinary family. Yet in 2003, God chose them to begin an extraordinary life journey. Trusting in their faith, Rusty and Nancy packed up their three children and traveled to China to adopt Xing Dan Nang (Candace), an eight-year-old blind girl. Little did they know this trip would lead them through the deepest valleys a family could ever experience.

The challenge of teaching a blind child paled to insignificance when their precious daughter was diagnosed with a fatal disease in 2006. The next three years became a roller coaster ride of deep despair, desperate hope, and searching for answers. Based on Nancy’s heartfelt journal entries of their journey, the story of Candace Kate unfolds, shining a light on God’s purpose to give this little girl a “forever family” and showing how she lived a full life in only thirteen years.

Life is short; no one is guaranteed eighty years. But during our time on earth we can inspire, love, and show God’s undying love for us, before He calls us home.

The Fileccia family prays that Candace will always remain More Than a Memory.

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We would like to invite you to join The Candace Kate Story Facebook group to stay updated on the release of the book.

The Fileccia’s prayer is that this book will accomplish several things.

1. Encourage more families to adopt older children.
2. Give families ideas on how to continue homeschooling during an illness or other trying events in the family.
3. Offer support for families with terminally ill children.

Blessings to you and yours; may our story speak to your heart and encourage you to keep up the good fight.

Nancy looks forward to seeing you at an upcoming Teach Them Diligently convention!