Nancy Manos | Episode 004

Finding and Keeping Joy in Your Homeschool

episode description

Are you feeling overwhelmed or discouraged? Whether you’ve been homeschooling for years or are just getting started, we all struggle with difficulties along the way. Nancy shares key principles for cultivating joy to help you enjoy this amazing learning adventure with your kids. From the wonder-filled moments to the most challenging of days, joy is a gift to strengthen you. Listen in and discover how you can find and keep joy in your homeschool.

About the guest

Nancy Manos homeschoolers her two daughters from preschool through high school and found it to be a rich, rewarding, and sometimes challenging experience. Nancy has served in homeschool leadership for more than 20 years and is passionate about encouraging and equipping parents in the home education adventure. Nancy and her husband, James, live in Gilbert, Arizona.


Things you'll learn from this episode

  • We made a choice to bring our kids home. That reason is what’s going to sustain us through the good times and the challenging times. Always remember your “why.”
  • Joy is a gift to strengthen us. Joy starts with the parent. 
  • Nancy shares several practical ways to apply joy to our lives like this one: Guard your time. If you don’t esteem and value your homeschool time, your kids won’t and others won’t either.
  • The seeds we plant today are going to bear fruit in our children’s lives in the future. We have to look out for weeds like conflict, strife, complaining, discouragement … things that will steal our joy and our future.
  • In the end, homeschooling is more than just academics. It’s about teaching our children to love Jesus, follow the Lord, and love others.

Mentioned in this episode

FREE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD: 30 Days of Restoring Joy in Your Homeschool

FREE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD: Ideas for Hands-on Learning


FAVORITE BIBLE VERSE: “A wise teacher makes learning a joy.” – Proverbs 15:2 TLB




At BJU Press Homeschool, we’re committed to providing children an education from a biblical worldview that is academically sound and challenges them to advance, think critically, and live like Christ. This type of education is not often possible in public schools because of the number of children taught in a classroom, a difference in worldview, and peer and societal pressure to conform. Homeschooling allows parents to instruct and disciple their children without daily fighting messages from an opposing worldview taught in the classroom. And with tuition costs and fees for private schooling or tutoring, homeschooling may be the only option for parents who are concerned for their children’s physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.

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