Sunday, October 23, 2011

Educating The WholeHearted Child - a review

When we first became parents I searched for books on raising babies. When Paul grew out of that stage I searched for books on toddlerhood, and then preschool years, and then when Zach came along the topic was sibling rivalry. Homeschooling began and the topic was, of course, homeschooling. In other words I have always loved to read parenting books. My bookshelves are full of books on homeschooling and Christian parenting. Some I read a chapter or two and then shelf them, others I devour from start to finish. I even have a few favorite books that I turn to again and again and even some that I have read the entire way through multiple times. I was recently given the opportunity to review a phenomenal book. Educating the WholeHearted Child   by Clay and Sally Clarkson. I know this book will fall in to the category of reading multiple times! It's just that AWESOME!

Educating The WholeHearted Child is published through Apologia Minsitries and can be purchased here for only $22.00.  This is an amazing price for this book.
The book is HUGE, and so full of information I can't even begin to tell you everything that it includes.  It is 372 pages chock full of wonderful information.  There are 18 chapters covering everything from Biblical principles (and actual scripture) to support homeschooling, to curricula suggestions, to discipline, family devotions and even forms used in homeschooling.  The Clarksons have also put together some great charts on things such as public school socialization versus homeschooling socialization.  They have also added personal tidbits in their sections entitled "In Our Home".

The book is divided into 4 main sections: the Home, Learning, Methods, and Living.  All 4 sections are full of the "nitty-gritty" things that homeschooling families need.  Full of encouragement.  Full of practical tips to help your day/week/month/life run more smoothly.  Full of information to share with others on why you homeschool.  Just so full of everything I wish I had known when I first started out.  It is definitely a book that will stay on my nightstand and be looked at again and again.

I would like to mention that I don't necessarily agree with everything the Clarksons suggest in the book.  One example is they suggest you should have a dedicated homeschool room.  As I have mentioned before, this did not work for our family.  I mention this discrepancy only to remind you that no two families/homeschools are alike.  Every one has their own unique circumstances.  So, you will never find a book that matches everything you need for your homeschool-that's what makes homeschooling so beautiful!  BUT, this book is so close to perfect that I will recommend it to every homeschooling family I know, and anyone that is even considering homeschooling should take a look at this book.  It will encourage you in your homeschool as well as your family life no matter what your style of homeschooling is!

Please go take a look at what other Crew Members thought here.

Disclosure-This product was given to me for review purposes. All opinions expressed are my own honest opinion. No other compensation was given for this review.

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