As a homeschooling family, we love Apologia products. Last March, I was blessed to spend the weekend at an Apologia Live (now called "Real Refreshment") retreat. We use their elementary Science curriculum with our children in homeschooling and this year, our daughter will begin their middle school Science materials. I have read most of their homeschooling books and in fact, my friend Amanda started a book club this week on one of Apologia's books "7 Tools for Cultivating a Child's Potential".
The book is divided into four sections: Home, Learning, Methods and Living. There is also a postscript section chocked full of valuable resources. Whether you are considering homeschooling, new to homeschooling or a seasoned homeschooler this book contains information that will encourage you, bless you, inspire you and motivate you. Not only will this book guide you toward a Christ-centered education but it will help steer your family to live a life where importance is placed on the eternal things - not the temporal, worldy things. Here are just a few of the "gems" from this book:
(pg. 44) "What we are doing in our homes should be about much more than just educational methodology; it should be about generational theology."
(pg. 246) on drawing "You do not need to prompt your children to draw - it is as natural for them to draw about their world as it is for them to talk about it. Unfortunately, we try to turn them into artists as they get older, and our desire for them to do it right takes away their desire to do it at all."
(pg. 320) on support "A homeschool support group is not the church, but the same need for fellowship and support in community with other like-minded Christians that what drives believers together drives Christian homeschool families together as well."
(pg. 128) "Books are an investment. They have intellectual asset value. They are nonconsumable curricula that can be used with every child, then with their children, and passed on to succeeding generations. Books are worth it."
I consider this book my "homeschool Bible" and have recommended it to so many of my friends who are considering or already homeschool. Whether you are considering homeschool, new to homeschooling or a seasoned homeschooler there is something for everyone in this amazing resource and it also taught me so much about myself and how to be a great homeschooling parent and Mother as well. Through the Clarksons' writings in Educating the Wholehearted Child, they will show you that "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." I highly encourage you to spend $22 and read this great book. Apologia has graciously offered to give one of my faithful followers, their very own copy of Educating the Wholehearted Child. Enter on the form below.
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