This blog is my attempt to document our busy but BLESSED lives raising and educating our children for His glory. A child of God, wife to one, and mom to 6 fabulous kids. We are in our 9th year of homeschooling using a Classical ~ Charlotte Mason approach.

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Monday, October 24, 2011

TOS Review ~ Apologia - Educating the WholeHearted Child

Educating the WholeHearted Child is 372 pages of pure goodness for the heart, mind, and soul.  I love Apologia products and was so pleased when I found out I was on the review crew for the Educating the EducatingtheWholeHeartedChildApologiaWholeHearted Child book.  This awesome reference book is divided into 4 sections; Home, Learning, Methods, and Living and gives you Godly guidance through each part.  I found myself referring to this book over and over again when we had a sticky part of our homeschool year a few weeks ago.  This book and the advice of Godly women helped me so much!

Since 1994, Educating the WholeHearted Child has been a trusted guide for thousands of homeschooling families.  This extensively revised and expanded third edition provides a solid biblical foundation for educating and nurturing your children’s hearts, minds, and souls.

You will discover how to:

  • Make your home and family the heart of your children’s education
  • Train your children to become creative, self-directed learners
  • Enrich life and education with living books
  • Identify and work with each child’s learning style
  • Help your children love to learn as naturally as they love to play
  • Gain confidence to teach with practical, commonsense methods

Whether you are a first-time homeschooler or a long-term veteran, this comprehensive guide will equip and empower you for your journey of faith as a family.  Discover the joy of bringing relationship-based, book-centered learning back into the natural daily life of your home.”

                                                     ~from the back cover

The book is large, 8.5 x 11, and is filled with quotes, bible verses and little encouraging stories in the margins of each page.  One of my favorite parts of the book included a section called “In Our Home”.  In this section Clay and Sally shared stories of their personal experiences in their own home.  One of my favorite passages from the book is this:

“Home education, then, is the natural outgrowth of home nurture and home discipleship. our goal is not just an educated child, good SAT score, and college or even a career with a good salary.  Those may be fruits of your efforts, but your overriding goal should be to raise spiritually mature children who have both the will and the skill to learn and the desire and ability to keep learning.  That is the goal of WholeHearted Learning. Your goal in home education should be to raise well-rounded, spiritually grounded, truth-founded Christian children whose goal in life is to make a difference for the kingdom of  God, whatever life path they choose.  You’re actually raising future Christian adults.” ~ pg. 21

This book would bless anyone, whether you are just thinking about homeschooling or you are one of those veterans who could use some encouragement. Read a sample chapter here.  I strongly encourage you to get your hands on a copy and be blessed by the wisdom the Clark’s offer.  I enjoyed this book and I know I will be referring to it for years to come.  Check out what my Crewmates thought of this wonderful book by clicking here.

 ApologiaCompany ~Apologia Educational Ministries, Inc.

Product ~ Educating the WholeHearted Child

Price ~  $22.00

Where to buy ~ Apologia Press, Amazon

My other Apologia reviews ~ Good Morning, God., Who is God?, How to Have a H.E.A.R.T. for your Kids

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I received a copy of Educating the WholeHearted Child from Apologia , in exchange for a thorough and honest review.  Though I am compensated with free products, I am not compensated in the form of cash for my reviews.  The opinions I have given are mine and may differ from others but are not influenced by the company or the free product provided.

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