Zan Tyler was threatened with jail when she began homeschooling in 1984. After years of fighting for the rights of her family and other homeschoolers, Zan founded and presided over the South Carolina Association of Independent Home Schools for ten years. She has received several honors for her work advocating for homeschooling and parental rights, including the Chris Klicka Lifetime Service Award, as well as the Order of the Palmetto from the governor of South Carolina. Zan’s greatest privilege in life was the twenty-one years she and husband Joe spent homeschooling their three children from kindergarten through high school.
Mothers Are Kingdom Builders
From teaching phonics to building faith, from changing diapers to graduating teens, our lives as homeschooling moms run the gamut from the very mundane to the very meaningful. In the midst of the mind-boggling demands of homeschooling and everyday life, we constantly need to remind ourselves that our work as homeschooling mothers has tremendous eternal significance—we are truly building God’s kingdom one child and one family at a time. As our culture deteriorates and our nation faces serious challenges, the stakes couldn’t be higher. By developing strong families and rich relationships, helping our children discover their gifts and callings in life, and providing stimulating academics with a biblical worldview, we are raising children who, by God’s grace, can change the world for His glory.
How to Cultivate Your Children’s Potential
When you look at your children, do you see only little people making demands on your time? Or do you see what God sees—a landscape of limitless possibilities? Author and homeschool mom Zan Tyler wants to take you beyond the demands of everyday life to embrace a wondrous, life-giving vision for your children’s future. You will learn to recognize the signs of potential in your children’s lives—signs that are easy to miss yet ripe for cultivation. You will begin to see every facet of each child’s life through the eyes of faith and the lens of Scripture and to create a vision of hope and beauty. You will also look to the Master Gardener as you learn to use the tools He has given you for cultivating that child’s potential. Let Zan show you how to help your kids establish a godly identity, discover their purpose, develop a biblical worldview, and build leadership and communication skills. You will come away with a vision of child-raising so captivating and enthralling that you will know, come bedtime, it’s all been well worth the effort.
Raising Children to Be Intentional Christians in a “Whatever” World
Our children live in the midst of a secular culture and face a host of frightening problems that we never had to deal with at their age. Because they are not prepared to counter our culture, startling percentages of children raised in evangelical homes do not continue in their faith and beliefs into adulthood. For this reason, training our children to develop a strong biblical worldview is one of the most vital things we can do. Teaching them to think biblically about all areas of life equips them to become powerful thinkers, leaders, and communicators. Most importantly, it also gives staying power to their faith as they face opposition. In this session, Zan Tyler provides practical answers to the following questions:
• What is a biblical worldview and why is it crucial for my children?
• How can I teach worldview—especially if I don’t understand it myself?
• How can I teach worldview to my elementary-aged children?
• How can studying the life of Daniel change my teenager’s life?
Our goal as Christian homeschoolers must be bigger and broader than turning out kids with exceptional talent and high SAT scores. By incorporating worldview training, we can better equip them to use their gifts to impact the world for Christ, help others by solving real problems, and bring glory to God in the process.
How Do I Teach My Elementary-Aged Children to Have a Biblical Worldview?
Teaching our children to think biblically is one of the most important gifts we can give them. And we shouldn’t wait until the high school years to do this! Come to this workshop to find out:
• Why the elementary years are so important in developing a biblical worldview
• How to teach important theological truths to youngsters
• How to train even young children to analyze the culture, literature, and music
• How worldview training imparts longevity and vitality to faith
Talk with Me: How Conversation Stimulates Learning
In the traditional school environment, students have an average of eight to ten individual interactions with their teacher each day. In your homeschool, these verbal interactions can number in the hundreds and thus greatly enhance the education your children receive at home. Zan Tyler shares how the simple, free tool of conversation can help your children replace boredom during lessons with a motivation to learn. Discover why parents make the best teachers and capitalize on these strengths. Explore ways to minimize conflict in your home and promote camaraderie and enthusiasm instead. Identify simple but profound ways to replace drudgery in learning with stimulating academics. Conversation is key!
Praying Powerfully for Our Children: Lessons I Learned from My Dad
In our time together, Zan Tyler focuses on the powerful effects of parental prayer—prayer that changes lives and the course of history. We can learn how to be dynamic teachers, mentors, and advocates for our children through imitating Christ and following His example. Christ sacrificed Himself for us and now lives to advocate for us (Romans 8:34, Hebrews 7:25). As parents, our call is to lay down our lives daily for our children and to pray powerfully and meaningfully for them. Join Zan as she delves into Isaiah 45 to gain a vision for prayer and learn how to pray in a compelling way for your children. She also looks at the homeschooling journey itself as an integral part of intercessory prayer.
Living in the Fiery Furnace: How to Avoid Homeschool Burnout
The combination of great expectations and great demands that homeschooling places on parents often sets us up for an intense sense of failure and disappointment. Homeschooling doesn’t always go according to our plans. Even when we are doing our best to follow God and love our families, we find ourselves in the “fiery furnace.” In this workshop, Zan Tyler explores the causes of burnout and talks about ways to avoid them. She also explains what to do if you are already there—ready to throw in the towel and put your children on that appealing yellow school bus. This workshop contains many practical tips on streamlining your life, but it also focuses on developing a powerful, biblical vision of what you are ultimately trying to accomplish in the lives of your children through homeschooling—to sustain you through the hard times and difficult days.
How God Uses Our Weaknesses and Limitations as Homeschooling Mothers
Do you ever have those moments of panic when you wonder if you are giving your children everything they need to succeed in life? Do you worry that you are inadequate for all that homeschooling requires of you? Do you ever wake up in the middle of the night plagued by the long list of important things that still need to be done—and know there will never be enough time in the day to accomplish them? Join Zan Tyler in this workshop and be encouraged by the Bible’s promises of hope, strength, power, and help for those of us who are weak, weary, and imperfect as we bask in God’s boundless resources, amazing strength, and infinite love.
Running the Homeschool Marathon: 10 Training Tips
Homeschooling is more like a 26-mile marathon than a 100-yard dash. If you want to complete the race successfully, you must develop a training strategy that builds your strength, stamina, and vision and enables you to persevere until the end. Zan Tyler, who homeschooled her three children for twenty-one years, provides training tips that will help you complete the God-given task of homeschooling and help you “run with endurance the race that lies before us.”
Overwhelmed? How the Bible Can Solve Your Homeschooling Challenges
Do you ever struggle as a homeschooling mother? Come discover the hope and help the Word of God gives when it comes to the daily grind of homeschooling. In this workshop, Zan Tyler opens the Bible to answer these questions:
• How can I overcome feeling overwhelmed, intimidated, or fearful when I think about homeschooling and the new school year?
• Can studying the Bible help me with the practical problems that I encounter on a daily basis?
• How can I seek God when I’m always surrounded by children?
• I know the Word of God is living, active, and powerful, but can it really help me deal with the overwhelming responsibilities and demands in my life as a homeschooling mom?
• I’m really struggling with homeschooling, choosing curriculum, and learning styles. Does the Bible get that specific?
God’s Word provides hope, encouragement, motivation, and comfort—and real help. Join Zan as we look to it today and find the Good News you have been seeking!
Cultivating a Servant’s Heart in Your Child
Loving our neighbors as we love ourselves is the hallmark of being a Christian. According to Jesus, serving our neighbor is not optional. Most children do not intuitively know how to serve others—we first must model service for them and teach them how to serve. We must make service to others a priority in our homes, or it will likely never be a priority for our children. In a typical school environment, surrounded by peers, a child’s tendency is to fit in and be popular; this escalates to new dimensions during adolescence. Use the flexibility of homeschooling to build service projects into your school day and to remind your children of Jesus’ command to love your neighbor as you love yourself. In this workshop, Zan discusses many practical ideas to teach your children how to serve and love others.
The Best Years of All: Homeschooling in High School
Most of us dread homeschooling during the high school years because it seems so overwhelming. The challenge of preparing our children for college, career, and life is daunting. But the high school years can be the best years of all—by far the most rewarding and enjoyable. Come to this workshop and find out why!