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Monday, October 17, 2011

Apologia: Educating the WholeHearted Child

There is one place that has Science curriculum that my son really loves.  We’ve gone through two books already and he’s already looking at other ones.
Photobucket No this review is not going to be about any science books or anything like that.  Apologia Ministries is where we buy the books.  It is also where you’ll find the book I’m going to be talking to you about.  One day last month I got a package in the mail.  I opened to find it was a big and heavy book.  I’m not exaggerating when I say that.  Despite how big it was the nice cover made me eager to know what was to be learned.


Title:  Educating the WholeHearted Child (3rd Edition)

Authors:  Clay and Sally Clarkson

Type: Paperback, 376 pages

Cost: $22.00

Educating the WholeHearted Child” is written by a husband wife team who have homeschooled all of their four children.  They are now all homeschool graduates.  Clay and Sally Clarkson started Whole Heart Ministries.  Their goal/mission is to “encourage and equip Christian parents to raise wholehearted Christian children”.  Educating the WholeHearted Child is Christian based as it is a “handbook for Christian Home Education”.   This book is for new and even seasoned (veteran) homeschoolers.  Parents will rediscover God's original design for the family.  I am so excited to share with you what I’ve been learning as I read through these pages.

In “Educating the WholeHearted Child” you will learn about the wholehearted learning model. They help you “see how your home can become a heart-filling, rich, and lively environment where your children will love to learn as naturally as they love to play”.   The wholehearted learning model is “a natural, home-centered way to nurture, disciple, and educate your children”. What is meant by the “WholeHearted Child”?  It’s where you actively take part in your children becoming wholeheartedly devoted to God with willing minds that seek to serve Him.

Wholehearted learning is “a biblical, commonsense, discipleship-based lifestyle of home education using real books, real life, and real relationships”.  They state in the book that “God did not forget to include "school" in his biblical design for raising children because home education is a natural expression of all that God intended for parents and their children”.  A home-centered wholehearted approach to learning is a biblical lifestyle.  It is not the same as the man-made public institution (public school).  It doesn’t make sense to try and impose the elements of the man-made institution upon an institution of God.  Now they are not advocating everyone should carry out their homeschooling the same way.  You are to follow God’s leading and let Him guide your family’s expression of your values in your home.  Their mission is to give you a larger vision for what God can do in your home by providing a model that gives you freedom to follow the Holy Spirit in what your children need the most.

Educating the WholeHearted Child is divided into four main sections.
* Home: The Christian Home, The Christian Homeschool, Home Nurture/Discipleship/Education.
* Learning: The WholeHearted Learning Model/Home/Child/Youth
* Methods: Studies of the Bible/Basics/Ideas/Living
* Living: Family Vision, Homeschooling Structure, Order in the Home, and Spiritual Support.

You can check out the table of contents for free.  You can also download a sample of a chapter to read and get an idea of what they share.  Although a lot of the book is about home education you will come to understand there is three biblical priorities to build your home on and the order of how each builds upon the other.  These are home nurture, home discipleship, and home education.  On each page in the chapters are notes in the side margins where they share scriptures, tips, or quotes.  These are full of encouragement.  I love the sections at the end of each section where they share examples of how what they just shared is done in their home.  It leaves me thinking “wow…I never thought of it that way”.  Who am I kidding?  All that I’ve read in the book so far has left me saying that. LOL  There’s also a section at the end of the book with a list of book suggestions and helpful forms to use as you see fit.

There is so much in this book to glean and learn from.  I’m only midways in but I know this is a resource I will return to time and time again.  I hope I have helped you understand what to expect to learn through “Educating the WholeHearted Child”.  Other members of the crew had an opportunity to review this book as well.  Click here to hear what they have learned.


Disclaimer: The views and opinions in this review are entirely my own. I was not paid to write this but received this book free of charge to review and give my honest opinion.

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