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Homeschooling Families by Teach Them Diligently

Leslie Nunnery and David Nunnery

If you’re a homeschool family, you’ve found the right place! Join Leslie Nunnery on the Homeschooling Families Podcast where you’ll find biblical solutions to strengthen your family. Each week, we bring you practical conversations about parenting, marriage, discipleship, education and more. This is a place where you’ll find encouragement and help to equip you to do what God’s called you to do with more confidence and peace.

You have a high calling! Together, let’s explore how to fulfill that well. You can find even more resources and experiences for Christian homeschool families like yours at

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Well Said: The Journey to Healing, Forgiveness, and Stronger Relationships | 251
October 24, 2023 - 44 min
In this episode of the Homeschooling Families podcast, Leslie Nunnery interviews Sarah Molitor, a mother of seven and an author of children’s books. They discuss various aspects of family life, including dealing with different stages of parenting, the joy of children, and the challenges of using words for forgiveness and reconciliation. Sarah Molitor shares her personal journey and how she came to write children’s and adult books. The conversation emphasizes the importance of using words to build strong family relationships and offers practical advice on forgiveness and reconciliation. Meet the Guest: Sarah Molitor is a wife, mom to seven kids, and author. She has a passion for serving others and enjoys authentically and consistently engaging with her growing social media community, where she encourages, challenges, and inspires women daily. Sarah connects with individuals all over the world, frequently sharing bits of her family, home, and everyday life. Sarah loves candy (but dislikes chocolate) and finds extra joy in photography and baking. Topics Covered In This Episode: Introduction to her book "Well Said" and its focus on communication in relationships. The Catalyst for "Well Said" The importance of change and transformation in life and the idea of staying stuck versus pursuing growth. Introduction to the book and its goal to encourage better communication and relationships. How involving children in improving communication makes it more effective. The necessity of forgiveness and reconciliation in addressing communication challenges. Joy and motivation from witnessing personal and family growth. Additional Resources: Find Sarah on Instagram HERE Find out more about Sarah and her ministry with Modern Family Farmhouse Purchase your copy of "Well Said" HERE   Discover more Christian podcasts at and inquire about advertising opportunities at
From a Shoebox Recipient to Changing Lives | 250
October 19, 2023 - 25 min
Join us in this heartwarming episode of the Homeschooling Families Podcast as we welcome Lyda Giedd, a recipient of an Operation Christmas Child shoebox, and a remarkable individual whose life has been profoundly impacted by the power of giving and faith. Lyda's story takes us from her challenging childhood in Cambodia to her transformation through the kindness of strangers and the gift of a simple shoebox. Discover how a single act of love can change lives and how you can be a part of this incredible mission. Meet The Guest: Lyda will speak into the discipleship piece of OCC in really powerful ways as she has experience as a The Greatest Journey teacher in Cambodia. She will also briefly touch on the multiplication piece as some of the children she taught TGJ are now TGJ teachers themselves – just beautiful all around! But it all started with a shoebox Lyda was given! Show Notes: A Challenging Childhood- early life in Cambodia, marked by hardship and trauma, the circumstances surrounding her being sold into a brothel as a child A Miraculous Rescue- dramatic rescue by a Cambodian Christian couple, life-altering impact of their kindness and care Life with Her Uncle's Christian Family- the role of faith and love in transforming her life The Gift of an Operation Christmas Child Shoebox- memorable experience of receiving her first-ever shoebox gift, profound impact of simple items, including art supplies and hygiene products The Power of Forgiveness- struggle with forgiveness and how faith played a crucial role, a turning point in her life that led her to Christ The Greatest Journey Discipleship Program- the significance of The Greatest Journey in the lives of shoebox recipients, Lyda's journey as a Greatest Journey teacher, spreading the message of hope Discover more Christian podcasts at and inquire about advertising opportunities at
Light Raiders Adventure Bible System: An Exciting Approach to Discipleship for Kids | 249
October 17, 2023 - 35 min
Join us in this episode of the Homeschooling Families Podcast as we delve into the exciting world of the Light Raiders Adventure Bible System. We're joined by James R. Hannibal, the creator of this innovative Bible curriculum framed in a role-playing game. Discover how the Light Raiders system combines fantasy, scripture memory, and real-world application to engage kids in their walk with the Lord. Meet the Guest: Former stealth pilot and tactical deception officer James R. Hannibal has been shot at, locked up with missiles, and in a car chase with an armed terrorist. He is a multi-award-winning author of suspense and fantasy novels for adults and children including three Silver Falchion awards for juvenile fiction and two Selah awards for Christian mystery and suspense. He is also the lead developer of the Lightraiders Adventure Bible System. Learn more about James at Show Notes: Introduction to James R. Hannibal and his unique journey from an Air Force officer to a Christian author. The Light Raiders Adventure Bible System: A Bible curriculum framed in a role-playing game for preteens and teens. Understanding how Light Raiders incorporates scripture memory, application, and context within a fantasy adventure. Age-appropriate use for grades 6-11, making it suitable for preteens and teens. An overview of the crowdfunding campaign to bring Light Raiders to families across the world. Additional Resources: Explore the Light Raiders Adventure Bible System, a unique role-playing game Bible curriculum designed for preteens and teens. Discover how it combines scripture memory, application, and fantasy adventure to create an engaging approach to discipleship for kids. Learn about the crowdfunding campaign to bring this innovative resource to families around the world. Crowd funding pre-launch for Light Raiders Adventure Bible System Learn more about Light Raiders Adventure Bible System Discover more Christian podcasts at and inquire about advertising opportunities at
Heart Schooling: Transforming Your Homeschool For Discipleship | 248
October 13, 2023 - 39 min
In this episode of the Homeschooling Families Podcast, Leslie Nunnery delves into the concept of "heart schooling" and how it can transform your homeschooling journey. She shares her own experiences and insights, explaining how heart schooling is not just about academics but about nurturing your child's heart and soul. Leslie discusses the origins of heart schooling and its profound impact on her family's homeschooling journey, emphasizing the importance of aligning your family's mission, goals, and vision with your daily homeschooling practices. She reveals the seven key steps of heart schooling and provides practical guidance on how to implement them in your homeschool. Tune in to discover how heart schooling can lead to more meaningful relationships with your children, a stronger connection to your mission, and a greater sense of fulfillment in your homeschooling journey. Topics Covered In This Episode: Introduction to heart schooling and its significance in the homeschooling community. The story behind the creation of the "Heart School" course and the challenges faced during the pandemic. How heart schooling combines excellent academics with intentional parenting and discipleship. Aligning your family's goals and mission with your daily routines for a more peaceful and purpose-driven homeschooling experience. Leslie's personal journey into homeschooling and her initial doubts and struggles. The importance of recognizing your call as a homeschooling parent and embracing your unique role. Realigning your thinking to focus on the mission and discipleship rather than just academics. The significance of refining your vision and setting clear goals for your family and homeschool. Prioritizing relationships with your children and investing time in knowing them deeply. Realizing your potential as a parent and acknowledging the vital role you play in your child's education. Restoring order by making intentional decisions that support your mission and values in homeschooling. Discover more Christian podcasts at and inquire about advertising opportunities at
Faith, Gender, and Identity: Navigating the Path With Special Guest Dr. Kathy Koch | 247
October 12, 2023 - 37 min
In this episode of the Homeschooling Families Podcast, Leslie Nunnery is joined by Dr. Kathy Koch to explore the challenges parents and children face in today's world regarding gender and sexuality. They discuss the importance of building a secure family environment, busting myths, and providing children with a solid foundation based on biblical truths. Dr. Kathy shares valuable insights and practical advice on how to guide your children through these sensitive topics while fostering a loving and secure home. Meet the Guest: Dr. Kathy is not only “Pro-Life,” she is “Pro-Abundant Life.” With a passion for being an influence and for helping build strong and healthy families, Dr. Kathy writes (6 books and counting) and speaks (a lot and often) on a wide range of topics that are both timeless and current. Her humorous and easy-to-learn-from speaking style, foundational wisdom, and practical and relevant details leave her audiences empowered with strategies to navigate the challenges of raising and teaching children. She warmly speaks to young people and their adults with compassion and understanding, never shying away from tough topics in our current culture. Her messages are always beautifully woven with Biblical truth and hope. Topics Covered In This Episode: The influence of societal pressures and the need for a secure family environment. Empowering children to develop a strong sense of identity and resist the lies of the culture. Strategies for parenting and homeschooling to help children navigate these complex issues. The significance of modeling selflessness, service, and looking beyond oneself. Busting common myths related to gender and sexuality. Encouraging open, honest, and age-appropriate conversations with children. Additional Resources: Find out more about Celebrate Kids HERE Get more details about the upcoming Teach Them Diligently events here. Discover more Christian podcasts at and inquire about advertising opportunities at
Spreading Joy and Faith through Operation Christmas Child: The Power of Multiplication | 246
October 10, 2023 - 35 min
In this heartwarming episode of the Homeschooling Families podcast, Leslie Nunnery welcomes Tina Morel, the regional manager in Southern Africa for Operation Christmas Child. Tune in to hear inspiring stories of how this incredible ministry is changing lives, one shoebox at a time. Discover the power of multiplication as children like Thando Jali, Golden Mutale Mwamba, and Shawn experience the love of Jesus and become passionate evangelists in their communities. Learn how your family can get involved and make a lasting impact through Operation Christmas Child. National Collection Week for Operation Christmas Child is coming up November 13-20, and you can get all the details about how your family can participate in this ministry by clicking HERE.  Meet the Guest: We are privileged to be joined by Tiana, who is joining us today all the way from South Africa to share about the power of multiplication as you participate in spreading joy and the good news of Jesus’ love for others through Operation Christmas Child.  Topics Covered In This Episode: Overview of Operation Christmas Child Tiana's Favorite Part of Working with Operation Christmas Child Multiplication of Faith and Impact Encouraging Involvement with Operation Christmas Child Discover more Christian podcasts at and inquire about advertising opportunities at
How Dads Can Be Involved in Homeschooling: Leading with Love and Vision | 245
October 6, 2023 - 31 min
In this episode of the Homeschooling Families podcast, Leslie Nunnery and David Nunnery delve into a topic that's often overlooked: the role of husbands in homeschooling. Many husbands are eager to support their wives in homeschooling but might not know how to contribute effectively. Leslie and David share valuable insights on how husbands can make a significant impact on the homeschooling journey by leading with love and vision. They discuss the importance of setting a family mission, asking thoughtful questions, and showing love and care for your spouse. Join them in this conversation that highlights how a united family can thrive in homeschooling. Show Notes: The challenge of husbands wanting to help in homeschooling The positive intention behind husbands' desire to help Prioritizing the mission over education in homeschooling The mission for Christian parents: Bringing children to Jesus Christ The husband's role in keeping the family on the mission The importance of aligning on a vision for the family The impact of husbands asking thoughtful questions Demonstrating love and care for your spouse The value of self-care and time for your wife Leading from the front, not as a cowboy but as a shepherd The benefits of aligning priorities and discussions Building strong relationships with your children  The impact of trust in leadership  Conclusion and encouragement for husbands and wives  Additional Resources: With the influx of families who have started homeschooling recently, it’s more important than ever that as a Christian homeschooling family, you understand and really capitalize on what makes you unique and set apart. That’s why we are truly convinced that every Christian homeschooling family needs to look at what they do as heart schooling and not merely homeschooling.  So, with that in mind, we have an invaluable resource that can truly transform your homeschooling journey. It's a book Leslie Nunnery wrote simply called Heart School, and it’s available HERE. This book will revolutionize the way you approach homeschooling by focusing on the heart and the mission behind it. Discover more Christian podcasts at and inquire about advertising opportunities at
Making Writing Fun in Your Homeschool | 244
October 5, 2023 - 32 min
Welcome to the Homeschooling Families Podcast. Joining us today is the wonderful Christine Zell, a homeschooling mom to four, and the creative mind behind Rabbit Trails Homeschool. She believes that homeschooling adventures can happen anywhere and that learning through literature, especially picture books, can be an incredibly enriching experience.  In this episode, we'll explore common writing challenges children face, how to overcome the fear of writing, and the role of literature in fostering a love for putting words on paper. Christine's creative approaches will leave you inspired and equipped to make writing a fun and engaging part of your homeschooling journey.  Topics Covered In This Episode: Writing Challenges in Homeschooling Overcoming Fear of Writing The Role of Literature in Writing Rabbit Trails Homeschool Meet The Guest: Christine Zell is a homeschooling mom to four, wife to her high school sweetheart, and creator of Rabbit Trails Homeschool. She believes homeschooling adventures can happen anywhere: within a book you get lost in while in your school room, while gathered on the couch, or out enjoying nature. She loves teaching and learning through literature, especially picture books. Christine hopes to help her own family and others by creating an atmosphere that encourages a love of learning, both through her curriculum and everyday life that she shares about often on her social media platforms. Additional Resources: Find out more about Rabbit Trails Homeschool Find out more about Heart School Discover more Christian podcasts at and inquire about advertising opportunities at
Gift of Hope: Mariya's Shoebox Story | 243
October 3, 2023 - 35 min
Welcome to the Homeschooling Families Podcast. This month, we are excited to be partnering with Operation Christmas Child to share exciting stories of how a simple shoebox can change the world! Today, we are excited to welcome Mariya, who received her Operation Christmas Child shoebox gift while growing up in Ukraine. Mariya takes us on a heartfelt journey through her life, from her childhood in Ukraine, marked by her Christian faith and the challenges she faced, to the day she received her life-changing shoebox gift. She shares the cherished items from that box and whether any of them still hold a place in her life today. Join us as Mariya reveals how this gift impacted her life, her relationship with God, and her mission to create meaningful shoebox gifts for others.  Topics Covered In This Episode: Mariya's Childhood in Ukraine Challenges in Ukraine Due to Christian Faith Receiving the Shoebox Gift The Impact of Items in the Shoebox The Impact on Life and Faith Additional Resources: Find out how you can pack a shoebox by partnering with Operation Christmas Child HERE Discover more Christian podcasts at and inquire about advertising opportunities at
Feeding Minds and Saving Coins: Meal Planning for Homeschooling Families | 242
September 29, 2023 - 36 min
Welcome to Family Forum Friday on the Homeschooling Families Podcast. Today,  Leslie Nunnery is joined by Erin Chase of $5 Dinners. We imagine that you’re at least a month into your back to homeschool routine, and we hope you’re getting comfortable with your curriculum and general plan for school, but have you got your plan in place for all the other things that you are privileged to do for your family? Today, we’re going to dive into a question that many are asking about this time—in the middle of everything else I have to do, how can I feed my family well and cost-effectively?  Erin Chase is going to give us some insight on meal planning, prep, and even money-saving tips so you can have a confident plan of action for the first breakfast, second breakfast, and the myriad of other meals your family asks for each day.  Meet The Guest: Erin is on a mission to help busy, overwhelmed home chefs learn to spend less money on groceries and get organized in the kitchen. Beyond the money savings, she's helped many people come to enjoy cooking again and help them stop feeling stressed and overwhelmed with feeding their families every single night. She lives with her husband and 4 hungry, growing boys in San Antonio, TX. You can find more information about Erin at  Topics Covered In This Episode: Setting the Stage for Back-to-Homeschool Season The Art of Meal Planning and Prep Saving Money Without Sacrificing Nutrition Cooking as a Family Activity Additional Resources: Find out more about Erin and $5 Dinners HERE   Discover more Christian podcasts at and inquire about advertising opportunities at
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Leslie Nunnery is a Christian author, speaker, and homeschooling advocate. She is the co-founder of Teach Them Diligently, a ministry that provides resources and experiences to strengthen Christian homeschooling families. Leslie is also the author of several books on parenting and homeschooling, including "Teach Them Diligently: Raising Children of Promise," and "Heart School: How Amazing Parents Become Excellent Home Educators." Through her work, Nunnery aims to encourage and equip families to raise their children to love and serve God.

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David Nunnery is the founder of Teach Them Diligently, a ministry dedicated to equipping and encouraging families to disciple and home educate their children. He is also the author of Transform Journals, Thanksgiving in the Psalms. In addition, David is the president of Worldwide Tentmakers, an organization that supports tentmaking missionaries who use their professional skills to support themselves while serving as missionaries.

David is passionate about helping families grow in their faith and helping believers find their place in the Great Commission. He has spoken at numerous conferences and events across the United States and is committed to supporting the efforts of missionaries around the world.
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