Mentorship and Lifeschooling – Craig and Deana Thompson

Mentorship and Lifeschooling - Craig and Deana Thompson

One of the most inspiring and impactful ways to help educate our children is through mentorship. On this episode of Life as a Lifeschooler, I had the opportunity to talk with Craig and Deana Thompson, who have helped each of their children through an intense and amazing mentorship program that Craig designed for them.

Craig and Deana reside in Tennessee. Craig is the owner of an internet company and is the editor of Preaching through Proverbs and is also currently writing a mentoring curriculum and related books. Craig and Deana have successfully graduated two children and are currently homeschooling four. They believe in a global education for their children and have participated in numerous mission trips throughout the world, both before and after having their children.

Here are some of the questions I asked Craig and Deana on this episode:

  • Craig, I met you at Rhea Perry’s Educating for Success conference and we didn’t get to talk much, but I was just so impressed with your daughter, who was actually one of the speakers that year. She gave an amazing presentation about her year of mentorship that you set up for her, and I just remember being blown away by her level of maturity and her ability to engage the audience at her young age.
  • I know she attributed much of her personal growth and maturity to the mentorship program you created. Tell us more about that.
  • What was your purpose in creating this program and who do you think it’s suited for?
  • Did you always homeschool this way? Tell us a bit about your homeschooling/lifeschooling journey.
  • Deana, how did you fit this mentorship program in with the homeschooling that you were already doing?
  • As you know, the definition of lifeschooling is “the individualized process of discovering your child’s God-given gifts and talents primarily through real life experiences that happen within the context of your family’s unique situations and missions.” Is there a part of that definition that particularly speaks to you and share with us a bit more about how your family lifeschools?
  • What are some of the gifts that you have seen in your children and how did mentorship help with the development of those gifts?

You can purchase Craig’s mentorship program at and you can see some of his daughter’s videos on her mentorship experiences at

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Family Personality Snapshot Reveals All

Ashley Logsdon takes a closer look at what a family snapshot really looks like on Episode #146 of Roadschool Moms.. The replay is recorded live by the Roadschool Moms team from the road. Kimberly Travaglino, co-founder of Fulltime Families,  broadcasts from her location in Las Vegas, NV. Across the country, Mary Beth Goff, the Road Trip Teacher chimes in from Mansfield, Missouri, the historical homeplace of Laura Ingalls Wilder. The OTR duo are joined tonight by fulltime RVer Ashley Logsdon from Mama Namaste. Hit the replay to hear these Roadschool Moms chat about how to be authentically you while connecting with others in a meaning way.

Ashley, a/k/a Mama Rose, reminds listeners “Don’t react to your family… Connect with them!” She discusses the tools needed to shine, by every member of your family. Mama Rose advises when dealing with any new transition, that it should be met head on and small steps in a forward direction. Further, she mentions a quote that is spoken in her house often,
Be the change you with to see in the world.  -Ghandi

What is on the Mama Rose must read list for living intentionally? The top of her list reveals The One Thing by Gary Keller. Her other best piece of advise? She recommends that everyone needs a Paul (mentor), a Barnabas (supporter), and a Timothy (mentee.) Looking for more insight to living with intention starting tomorrow? Connect with Ashley and find out more!

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Homeschool enrollment is on the rise. More and more families are moving into a home on wheels. As a result, the Roadschool Moms record this broadcast to present resources that meet the challenges of today’s roadschooler. Kimberly Travaglino, co-founder of Fulltime Families, and Mary Beth Goff, the creator of Road Trip Teacher, team up every week to offer listeners a fresh take on homeschooling while traveling full time across America’s backyard.

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Homeschool Mentors: Why They Are Important

Homeschool Mentors: Why They Are Important

Podcast #12

“Show me a successful individual and I’ll show you someone who had real positive influences in his or her life. I don’t care what you do for a living—if you do it well I’m sure there was someone cheering you on or showing the way. A mentor.” — Denzel Washington

Homeschooling can be challenging … from day 1!

From the very beginning, we have questions that need to be answered and decisions that have to be made.

Which Curriculum to use? What is the difference between a support group and co-op? What about planning?

Overwhelming? YES! But we are surrounded by hundreds of people who have already walked this path before us.

Finding a mentor is so important, in helping us along this homeschooling journey.

In this episode,  Florida Parent Educators Association (FPEA) Chairwoman, Suzanne Nunn discusses why homeschool mentors are so important. Find a mentor – Be a mentor!

Please join us as we travel along this journey on our podcast adventure. Let’s get connected! Learn more about the Florida Parent Educator’s Association and homeschooling in the beautiful state of Florida. If you are interested in homeschooling our convention is every year in May during Memorial Day weekend.


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