Saturday, October 22, 2011

Educating the WholeHearted Child/ TOS Review

For the last couple of months Mardel has had all of their Apologia products on sale.

I have been wanting to get this book while it was on sale, but it has never been in stock. It must be a great seller!

Anyhow, when this came up for review, I was very excited, hoping I might get a copy to review. And I did!

I have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of this book. After I finally got it, I opened the book and started reading it. "Hmmm, this sounds kind of familiar", I thought.

As I was reading, and looking at the quotes and the Bible verses in the sidebars, I was thinking, "Man, this seems really familiar".  Then it hits me, "I have this book!"

What in the world? I realized that not only have I seen this book before, but I already own it!

The cover is very different, and it had been so long since I had looked at this book, that I didn't even realize it was the same one. (Here is what the last version looked like. The one I already own.)

You can see the difference in the covers. The covers aren't the only differences though.
The last edition had 256 pages, and the new edition has 376 pages. Over 100 new pages! It is now a very thick book.

The second edition is also now published by Apologia Press.

This is one of the most helpful home teaching books I have ever read. I think for me it is because there is such a huge emphasis on what the scriptures say about teaching your children.

It also has a big emphasis on the child as a whole. It has many verses that talk about your child's friendships, and about disciplining and training your child as well.

This is not your typical homeschool book. This books talks about every part of your life. It gives you tips on home management, discipline, homeschooling, Bible training, etc.

Here is a quote from the book that explains it pretty well.

"God did not forget to include "school" in his biblical design for raising children&mdash:home education is a natural expression of all that God intended for parents and their children. Clay and Sally Clarkson's Educating the WholeHearted Child is about rediscovering God's original design for the family. What you'll find in this book is a homeschooling model that makes sense. It's an approach that is based on sound biblical principles of nurture, discipleship, instruction, and learning. Newly revised and significantly expanded, Educating the WholeHearted Child is about much more than homeschooling; it is about life. Effective Christian homeschooling must begin with the sure foundation of a Christian home, and the Clarksons' uncomplicated, common-sense approach to life and learning will provide you with the tools you need to experience God's abundant blessings for your family."

There is so much in this book that I agree with. There were so many times that I was like, "Yeah, why don't people get this? Can't they see what Scripture says about this?" It is good to read a book written from a like minded mother.

This is a fabulous book that will lead you and your family towards God's way of raising your children.

I absolutely recommend this book, and think you will be really blessed and encouraged by it.

You can find it at Apologia's website for $22. Well worth it in my opinion.

You can read a sample chapter here

Let me know if you get this book and if it encourages you as much as it does me.

And be sure to check out what my fellow Crew Mates thought of this book too!


*I have received a copy of Educating the WholeHearted Child, free, as a member of the TOS Homeschool Review Crew, in return for my honest opinion.
No other compensation has been given to me.*

1 comment:

Lisa said...

Wow, there is a big difference in the books. I really learned a lot from the Clarksons.

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