Apologia How to HOMESCHOOL with Stunning Confidence, Contagious Joy, and Amazing Focus (DVD & Coursebook) REVIEW
1.) How to Get the Most Out of This Course
Designing Your Road Map
3.) Finding Support
4.) Choosing Curriculum
Finding Your Way
The DVD component works well with the coursebook. I like that they are short enough for me to squeeze into a busy day. I love how the workbook has a place designated in each chapter for notes and "homework" so I'm not trying to keep up with extra papers or anything like that.
In Chapter TwoOne we are tasked with writing our Family's story. This is a lesson on learning where you are coming from and where you want to go. I really liked this assignment because it helped me to set forth goals in a more meaningful way. I can see what goals we are easily meeting,and what we need to work on a little more. By writing out our story, I was refreshed with my overall decision to homeschool in the first place.
Chapter Three is about support. I'm blessed to to have the support of my family and friends. So much so, that many have began to homeschool due to our story! I live in an area with several homeschooling families, so the support network is large here.
Chapter Five is a basic How-To. It tells us that Homeschooling is a walk of faith, and that a child's success or failure isn't a reflection of me as a mom or teacher. This was huge for me. Mr. B has struggled for months with Order of Operations. I was feeling like such a failure, and this chapter really helped me see that I'm not a failure, he's not a failure. He's just having a difficult time understanding this concept right now.
I also like how Chapter Five talks about "detoxing" from the traditional school mindset. So many think homecshooling is "school at home," and that's not the case. Recently, my best friend began homeschooling her high school daughter and middle school son. They had to spend about 4 months breaking the school thoughts/attitude.
I am still working my way through Chapter Six, Organizing Your Homeschool. The assignment is to brainstorm how you want to set up your home school and organize everything. I am a work in progress, that's all I can say haha! I'm trying to declutter and filter out only what we NEED, and not everything flashy that catches my eye. THAT is the hard part for me!
The DVDs segments are fairly short, as I mentioned above. I found I was able to watch the segment on the DVD, taking notes while I watched, and do a lot of the assignments in 30mins or less. This is great for a busy mom like me who rarely has time to think for myself, much less anything else! It was really nice to hear Leslie and Rachel speak open and honestly, and the video segments pair wonderfully with the workbook.
All in all, I think this program is great for new homeschoolers, and even old veterans like myself can find useful tidbits in here! I do wish this had been around back when I first started 7 years ago.