Hey there. I am Davis Carman, the President of Apologia Educational Ministries. Apologia is the #1 publisher of creation-based science and Bible curricula with over 70 #1 awards. I believe in homeschooling, I believe in defending the Christian Faith, and I believe that every subject (and I mean every subject) should be taught from a biblical worldview. That is why my mission, and the mission of Apologia, is to help homeschooling families learn, live, and defend the Christian Faith.
This is my personal blog. It is focused on “intentional homeschooling.” My goal is to help you have the most successful and Christ-centered homeschool possible. I often refer to homeschooling as the adventure of a lifetime. And there are times when it can get crazy. To help you on this journey, I write on home education, training your children, working closely with your spouse, family discipleship, curriculum, living by faith, relying on God for the results, and family life.
My goal is to create affirming, encouraging, challenging, and inspiring content that you can put to work in your family and homeschool. If you are a homeschooling parent, then this blog is for you.
I typically post a homeschool article twice a month. The same goes for devotionals. Of course, you can always look at the library of articles and devotionals that are available from my landing page. Rather than bombard you with too much information, my desire is to give you a timely message at a good frequency that can actually help you succeed in your homeschooling journey and walk of faith.
I am passionate about my faith in Christ, my family, and home education. I married Rachael in 1986 and God blessed us with seven children (two boys on the front end, two boys on the back end, and three girls tucked safely in the middle). I live in Waxhaw, North Carolina (just south of Charlotte) where we enjoy the homeschooling adventure of a lifetime.
We started homeschooling in 1996 with the providential two-by-four over the head method. In other words, homeschooling was not on our radar, and we were highly reluctant. Twenty-one years and five graduates later, here we are, advocates, proponents, and cheerleaders of this lifestyle. I could have never written such an exciting biography with all the twists and turns. Yes I do enjoy an occasional lazy river ride. I thank God often for His grace to get us started on this journey down a path less traveled, because it has made all the difference (nod to Robert Frost).
My oldest son graduated from our homeschool in 2009. He graduated from college and got married in 2014. They now have a young daughter and are expecting our second grandchild in the spring of 2018. My second son graduated from our homeschool in 2011 and from college in 2017. My third child (and first daughter) graduated from our homeschool in 2014. She is on track to graduate from college in 2018. Daughter number two and three are currently in college. Yes, that’s three in college simultaneously, so prayers are always welcome. But I am pleased to say that between scholarships, working, and a little help from dear ole dad, there is no college/student debt; and there are no plans to take it on. Yes, it is possible.
MY CAREER BEFORE APOLOGIA
I am a mechanical engineer by education. During the first ten years of my career, I worked in research and development in the aerospace and auto industries. The second ten years I was the general manager for a plastic manufacturing company. After successfully growing the company and being at the top of my game, I was released from my responsibilities in 2006. (Remember the economy was “good” back then.)
I met with many friends in the years prior who had lost a job and I was always thankful that it wasn’t me. Now it was my turn. God had prepared me for this moment, so I made four goals for myself.
1) To own a business
2) To stay in the Charlotte area
3) To work from home
4) To include a strong link to ministry in the work
Providentially, God allowed me to realize all four of my goals! Long story short, in 2008 I acquired Apologia Educational Ministries. I provide the full story in a workshop entitled “Praise Him in the Storm,” which is my personal testimony during this long season of pruning.
MY CAREER AT APOLOGIA
Apologia started as a science curriculum provider for high schoolers. Under my leadership, we grew the elementary science line by adding new titles, notebooking journals, and audiobooks. Recently we developed an Activity Kit for Exploring Creation with Astronomy, 2nd Edition with more to come in the future.
On the high school science side of things, we updated some textbooks and added MP3 audiobooks, student notebooks, and video instruction DVDs.
We launched the What We Believe biblical worldview curriculum in 2009, which was completed in partnership with Summit Ministries.
Apologia now provides online courses through the Apologia Online Academy, practical resources like an ultimate homeschool mom’s planner, and books that encourage families in the homeschooling journey.
You can see the wide range of products we publish in our beautiful, popular, and well-loved annual catalog. You can request a free physical copy to arrive in your mailbox or immediately download a digital version here.
We have a product blog with updates about curricula, a homeschool-101 blog with devotionals, activities, practical ideas, and encouragement. Our social network is active on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Youtube, and Vimeo. We also have live events for spiritual inspiration via Real Refreshment Retreats and the shorter Evening of Real Refreshment.
MY HOMESCHOOLING RESUME
I am a speaker and advocate for home education having served on the board of North Carolinians for Home Education (NCHE) from 2002 to 2014. Since 2008 I have served as the North Carolina State Ambassador for The Home School Foundation, which is a ministry dedicated to helping homeschooling families in need.
In 2014, I became a charter board member and helped launch Homeschool Now USA. This new organization is on a mission to make home education accessible to everyone in the USA by providing information and encouragement to help parents make the decision to homeschool their children. The goal of this organization is to help grow the population of homeschooling students from two million to five million by 2025.
Finally, I am the author of five illustrated children’s books designed to instill a biblical worldview:
- Good Morning, God (based on Deuteronomy 6)
- A Light for My Path (an ABC book based on Psalm 119)
- In The Beginning The First Seven Days (based on the Genesis 1-3)
- Psalms To Know Early (based on the Psalms)
- Truths to Know Early (due to be available March 2018)
To sum it all up nicely, I believe that if there was ever a time to homeschool, it is now!