"The adventures with my family has led to some incredible experiences and lessons in real-life living. I use those moments to encourage and inspire other families on their own journey."
Holly is a wife, mother, and storyteller that speaks from the heart. Her down-to-earth personality is reflected in all aspects of her life. Through her writing and presentations, she invites you into her family's life to inspire and encourage you to embrace your family just as it is, unique and irreplaceable. When Holly's oldest son suffered a stroke at birth, she was forced to reevaluate their plans for the future. Together, the Giles family forged a path into learning at home that would open opportunities they would not have experienced otherwise. Nature and the outdoors became an integral part of their early days.
Captivating audiences across the nation, Holly reaches the hearts of moms and dads alike with her true stories from the adventures on the Giles Frontier and comical anecdote spurred through her experience raising and keeping up with, those fun-loving boys. She firmly believes God has given her this platform to lead, inspire and serve families. Whether a small, intimate gathering or a national stage, Holly brings a unique presence and perspective that keeps families wanting to hear more.
Holly is the author of Blaze New Trails and its student companion, creator of the Learning Lifestyle Revival, and opens her home and life to you at thegilesfrontier.com. You can also find Holly bantering each week with her co-host, Mary Beth Goff, over at Roadschool Moms Radio Show. Together they discuss their insight into parenting and home education.
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Holly is a wife, mother and storyteller. She has a passion for helping families discover their own learning style and use it to nurture their children's God-given gifts. The importance of a strong family relationship is woven in each message. Holly gleans from her own life with boys, embracing the outdoors and navigating the challenges of a special needs child, to tell stories, woven with humor, that are sure to encourage the weariest of souls. Nature is her springboard to inspire you to a more abundant life at home. Holly is the author of Blaze New Trails, creator of the Learning Lifestyle Revival, and opens her home and life to you at thegilesfrontier.com. Holly co-hosts the popular podcast Roadschool Moms Radio each week with Mary Beth Goff. They banter about their own experiences in parenting and home education.
Keynote and Session Presentations:
Whole Family Learning Series
Build Strong Families by Exploring Wild Places Right Where You Live
Early in the Giles' journey they struggled with traditional learning in their search for the "perfect" curriculum. Then, Holly discovered a lost secret of successful home educating families. Combining nature, community and natural resources creates a path for life changing education. Families building connections through wild places right where you live. Life skills blended with real world opportunities can provide a natural education and strong family foundation.
Be Brave and Set Your Children Apart with Passionate Pursuits
How do you help your child find their God-given talents and skills to help them succeed? Join Holly for this personal time of sharing and learn how, just like her, how you can embrace non-traditional education methods and use your child's passions to teach. You will be encouraged to look to your own family life and find sparks and glimmers of skills, along with tools you can use to motivate your children beyond paper and pen.
7 Simple Ways for a Not-So-Outdoorsy Mom to Have Fun in Nature.
Nature is a gift to explore. As a mom on a mission to bring back a vital part of childhood, Holly shares simple tips and ideas to get you in your backyard, out in the community and on the trail of loving nature. This session will breathe fresh air and perspective in your home-school day. The whole family will find new treasures with these seven simple ways to find nature in everyday life. Whether you are an outdoor enthusiast or prefer the comforts of the indoors, you will not want to miss this fun, informative session!
Parenting and Motherhood Series
Fresh Fire: How This Mom Rekindled her Joy
Life can be a challenge in itself. Add in family, marriage, learning challenges and laundry and the joy in our days can disappear fast. Days when you want to give it all up can creep in and take over. Listen as Holly shares humorous, real life stories of how God has helped her find joy in spite of never-ending piles of laundry and dirty floors, time and again.
How to Bring Structure to Your Days at Home With a Wild and Free Spirit
A Have you ever noticed that children are fearless in their curiosity? Their wonder of the world inspires their daily pursuits. Many times as adults, our fearlessness turns to a fear of failure, not measuring up or falling behind. Join Holly for this informative session on how to break free from the pressures of today's society, keep your family focused on what matters most, and stay on the path of God's design for educating with wild abandon
5 Lessons We Can Learn from the Pioneer Culture and Laura Ingalls Wilder
Roughing it in the pioneering days can't hold a candle to the modern conveniences of life we enjoy today. Yet somehow fast-paced living and being stretched thin has a price. Join Holly for a walk back in time and good ole-fashioned advice from Laura Ingalls Wilder herself, on how to slow down, choose simplicity, and enjoy your family right now.
Take Back the Freedom of Childhood for a Brighter Future
Children are born seeing the world as a natural place to learn. Our modern day society has replaced this instinct with passive instruction with devastating results. What if we narrowed our focus and nurtured our children's natural desires to learn? Holly offers practical tips through her art of storytelling, to take back childhood, let your children play into the teenage years, and develop passions that produce success.
New To Homeschooling Series
How to Survive Your First Year Homeschooling
Most families believe they need to transition to a "school" mindset when it's time for children to learn. Holly shares tips, tricks and a plan of action to seamlessly learn together without hiding in the bathroom with chocolate bars.
Philosophies, Methods, Curriculum, and Schedules Oh My!
Fear can strike any new family who is seeking to home educate. Where do I begin? What do I choose? Do I do classes or co-ops? Holly shares personal stories, along with research to provide you with a path to freedom in your choices. You can do this with faith and love, not fear and pressure. You are the best educator for your child.
Difficult Seasons and Special Needs Series
Parenting on a Firm Foundation Through Seasons of Change
Start where you are, use what you have, and believe that you can. Planning your year with this motto will bring simplicity to your days. Holly shares stories of difficulty, chaos, and the extraordinary, that led families to change their learning lifestyle and create a unique vision for their future. Embracing seasons of change can help you stay on track and not derail your family.
Navigating your New World with a "different" child
From a mother's perspective, Holly reveals how she pursued her gut instincts, handled her child's diagnosis, moved through anger and tamed her fears. She shares personal stories of difficult days of dealing with her child as well as family members. Move through the years with Holly on how to talk with your child about their needs, seeing hope and recovery when you are told there isn't any and realizing each child is created for a purpose.
Discover Your Potential as a Special Needs Parent
Sometimes we feel unequipped to meet the challenges of our children. Busy schedules, endless appointments, lessons to plan and accommodations to make. Holly will encourage and inspire you in this valuable session to see how YOU have been prepared all along for this journey. She shares tools to help you move your children forward to uncover their gifts and talents.
Leadership and Motivational Series
Reviving Your Spirit of Leadership
Leadership can be exhausting, leaving you feeling overworked and under-appreciated. Holly shares her comical and humbling experiences of serving others that will revive your calling to lead and bring refreshment into your service.
Holly and her team works with each venue to modify titles and topics to fit the event.
Current videos used for The Giles Frontier business. Holly's polished speaking voice, mannerisms, humor and rapport show through.
“If you are looking for an engaging and inspiring speaker for your next event, look no further! Holly Giles is a real, down-to-earth example to her audience of what it means to walk through challenges and then use her experiences to help others on their journey. Holly has certainly blazed new trails and will inspire others to do the same."
" I was drawn in by the peaceful nature of this booth. I want to just stand here and soak it in"
The Giles Frontier's representation in exhibit halls: