Monday, October 17, 2011

Educating the WholeHearted Child - a Book Review

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Educating the WholeHearted Child
  • Written by Clay Clarkson with Sally Clarkson
  • Published by Apologia Press (3rd Edition - June 2011)
  • Paperback Volume - (11 in x 8.5 in x 1in)
  • 376+ pages
  • Biblical, Christ Centered Advice for Homeschooling Families
  • Available from Apologia Educational Ministries
  • suggested Retail Price $22.00
Educating the WholeHearted Child

Clay and Sally Clarkson began homeschooling in 1988 when their first child was four.   They published the first edition of Educating the WholeHearted Child in 1994.  It quickly became a must have for Christian homeschooling families.  There are many well worn, dog-eared copies around.

This is the third edition, revised, expanded and containing even more information than ever.  It is 376 pages of experience, understanding, support, encouragement, insight, anecdotes and more.

The book has a preface, an introduction, four main sections (home, learning,methods and living)  divided into chapters, a postscript, a list of resources, (including organizational forms) and some pages for note taking.

The chapters begin with a bit of a summary of what will be discussed followed by very specific topic pages.  These pages are full of information, and there are bullet point paragraphs to make specific points.  The margins are filled with helpful suggestions or definitions of things referenced on the page.  There are In Our Home sections where the Clarksons share some of their own stories to illustrate the principle at hand.

I have had the book for about a month, and everyday I find something useful to apply to our lives.  I will have it for years to come, and I'm sure I will still be finding new bits of its wisdom to use all along our journey.

If you are looking for ways to strengthen your Christ centered, homeschooling experience, this is an excellent choice.  The Clarksons believe that God intended for families to raise and educate their children - that it is part of his design, and a natural expression of His intentions for us.  Their approach is based on biblical principles and stress nurturing, discipleship, instruction, and learning.

The result of this type of homeschooling will hopefully be a loving, organized family that will work together toward goals, support each other through trials, and respect each other's needs.  The children will love the Lord and cherish their family.  These creative kids will love whole, living books**, will seek knowledge outside of a school setting and gain confidence as they grow.

This has always been my hope for my children, and I will take as much help as I can get.  The Clarksons have just given me a very large treasure trove of that help, and I am grateful for it!

It sounds like it would be a serious, somber book, doesn't it?  While the topics are serious, the pages are oozing with joy and optimism.  The postscript is lovely and uplifting, and ends with a prayer.

The book is available through Apologia Educational Ministries, and can be purchased for $22 via the Apologia website.  Apologia is a fantastic source for Christian homeschoolers.
Sally and Clay Clarkson found homeschooling to be the natural expression of their desire to disciple their children for Christ. In 1994, they started WholeHeart Ministries to encourage and equip other Christian parents to raise wholehearted Christian children. They have written numerous popular books for parents, taught at dozens of parenting conferences across North America, and ministered internationally. Clay holds an M.Div with honors from Denver Seminary and is executive director of WholeHeart Ministries. Clay and Sally are blessed with four wholehearted children -- Sarah, Joel, Nathan, and Joy -- all homeschool graduates who are serving the Lord.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest blogged review.  I was not paid to write this post and my opinions are my own.