Garritt and Yvette Hampton, director and producer/host of Schoolhouse Rocked were recent guests on Israel Wayne’s excellent Family Renewal podcast, where they got to talk about homeschooling and the production of this important homeschooling documentary. Listen to the show here.
Ever since teaching film at the middle school and high school level I have loved helping students learn the skills to become great filmmakers. I recently got a pretty open-ended question from one of these students on how to turn 4 1/2 hours of video into a story worth watching. This is a topic that is near and dear to me, as I have to do the same thing (on a much bigger scale) in editing Schoolhouse Rocked. Luckily, the fundamentals are the same, and learning these fundamentals is the key to becoming a great filmmaker.
Schoolhouse Rocked director, Garritt Hampton and host and producer, Yvette Hampton appeared on The Patriotic Remnant Podcast to talk about homeschooling and the upcoming feature-length documentary Schoolhouse Rocked: The Homeschool Revolution.
“Honestly, we were worried about that social awkwardness, and we just thought, going into it, that if your kids are at home with you all day they won’t have opportunities to interact with other people and they’ll come out weird. We didn’t realize, going into it, that that just wasn’t the way homeschooling was. There are so many opportunities to interact with other kids. Our kids, in fact, have been involved in a co-op for several years and they’re able to get together with other kids a day a week and play and learn great classical stuff, and memorize, and recite, and speak in public, and that’s been great for them. The the myth of the unsocialized homeschooler is just that. It’s a myth. It’s not based in reality. The other thing we realized though, was that some of that reservation was just vanity on our part, and the idea of raising a kid who was different seamed distasteful to us at first. But the truth is, as Christians, we really are needing to raise up kids who are different from what the public school system is turning out. And so, as we started to look at our own prejudices we realized it’s okay to be different from what’s out there. It’s okay to have kids who are well-spoken, and well mannered, and can interact with adults, and are intelligent, and can speak in public, and stand for their faith, and so we embrace some of that difference.”
This is a very rare update from Garritt Hampton, director of Schoolhouse Rocked. Schoolhouse Rocked superfans are used to hearing from Yvette, host and producer, but on this trip Yvette was driving so Garritt could write and edit in the car. Somewhere in Alabama he took a few minutes to give a quick update on the film and a preview of the trip to the Educating for Success Home Business Conference at the Marriott hotel outside the Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Rhea Perry puts on the home business conference to encourage homeschooling families to work together to build family businesses. This is a great way that homeschooling students learn to work and contribute to their families. We had a great time at the conference and learned a ton.
Sarah Mackenzie from Read-Aloud Revival with Yvette in Greenville, South Carolina
We had the great pleasure of interviewing Sarah Mackenzie, author of Teaching From Rest, at the Southeast Homeschool Convention in Greenville, South Carolina.
We are SO very excited!! THANK YOU SO MUCH to Pamela Barnhill who interviewed us for The Homeschool Snapshots Podcast. We are so grateful for her encouragement and enthusiasm for Schoolhouse Rocked: The Homeschool Revolution. To listen to the podcast, you can go to her website and click on Episode 46. Or, you can listen to it using your favorite podcast app. ENJOY!!
Thank you Connie Albers and Colleen Kessler for a fun night! We stayed up late interviewing these brilliant leaders in the homeschooling community. These ladies are so generous in their support of homeschooling. It was a great pleasure to watch them pour into peoples’ lives at their booths and in their sessions. You will be blessed by their contributions to Schoolhouse Rocked.
Thanks to Great Homeschool Conventions for putting on a great convention. Every Homeschool family should attend a convention this year. It is a great way to be encouraged and to get equipped. Our first homeschool convention was life-changing, and we have been to many since.