One of the most frequently asked questions I hear are “how do you get started homeschooling,” which is where I usually refer them to a few videos and blog posts that tell our story. Now, that I’ve had the chance to review How to HOMESCHOOL with Stunning Confidence, Contagious Joy, and Amazing Focus (DVD & Coursebook) from Apologia Educational Ministries, I will also be sure to include it in my list of resources. This course in based in Christianity and includes two DVDs with videos that accompany the chapters in the provided course book. Various topics are covered within this course that will help get the family started, keep them motivated to continue, and even look beyond a high school diploma into continued education.
First, let’s discuss the videos provided on the two DVDs. Initially I assumed the videos would go through different steps, similar to a class or online course, and provide the viewer with the information in a formal way. Apologia decided to take a different approach and I’m so glad they did. These videos are approximately ten to fifteen minutes and honestly feel like you are in the room chatting with your friends, Rachael Carman and Leslie Nunnery. I was so happy to hear the women share their personal stories, testimonies, frustrations, challenges, tips, tricks, and solutions with such transparency. I do this all the time because you never want to share only the good when someone is about to embark on the homeschool journey. These ladies covered so many topics during their dialogue and their words were extremely encouraging.
Next, let’s dig into the course book information and assignments. I found the course book to be a synopsis of the conversations had between the Rachael and Leslie. Within the pages you will find approximately two pages of reading per chapter and a connected page for notes per chapter, along with scriptures, and continued encouragement. I love that the lessons aren’t designed to take up much of your time and the information provided is easily accessible and relatable. Some of the course topics include setting goals, tips for choosing curriculum, dealing with opposition, finding support, organization, continuing education, and even marriage. During this course you are also given ten assignments which have you do some research about local programs and your state homeschool laws, organize items, spend time in prayer, and so much more.
Lastly, I was happy to find even more resources within the FREE online appendix. Through a password protected website you will be able to access special blog posts, Pinterest Boards, prayer and family resources, and printables not include within the course book. You will also be given access to join the private Facebook group for others who have previously taken or are currently taking the course. There is something amazing about have a social media group that you can access 24/7 for feedback, encouragement, and support throughout this journey. I also love that there are new homeschoolers and veterans in the group from so many places, making it easy to reach out for understanding to situations that might only pertain to your area.
I don’t doubt that this course will be extremely helpful to those interested in homeschooling and who feel overwhelmed by the very thought of it. As I was going through the videos, I thought about our decision to homeschool years ago and I realized that I did every one of the assignments based off of advice and conversations with other homeschoolers. Now, I look forward to sharing Apologia Educational Ministries, step-by-step approach to getting started with those interested in embarking on the call from God to educate your children at home. Use How to HOMESCHOOL with Stunning Confidence, Contagious Joy, and Amazing Focus (DVD & Coursebook) to light an educational fire in yourself and your children.
Make this week educational,