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Educating the WholeHearted Child ~ Apologia

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I like the sound of “wholehearted child“, don’t you?

As the mom of three children that God has sent me to raise, I can surely say my ultimate goal for “my” kids is that they commit their very best effort to everything they do, and that they love the Lord their God with all their heart, all their soul, and all their mind. (from Matthew 22:37)

As a mom who has made the purposeful decision to commit these kids to a home education, I can surely say that my ultimate goal is Educating the WholeHearted Child.

Home education is an exciting and rewarding, yet sometimes frustrating and scary journey. It’s laden with lots of questions, doubts and fears just as parenting in general can be.  But as we take that first step in obedience and faith, commiting our children’s hearts, souls and minds to His Instruction, we discover an amazing adventure just waiting to happen!

Step by step our family has hiked the trail of home education. Sometimes the trail has been a rocky, uphill struggle as we felt alone in our climb. But other times, we have found encouragement and company along the trail that has made our journey both enjoyable and joyfully fun. And sometimes we have even found some fabulous buried treasure along the way!

About a month ago, I found a glorious treasure buried in my mailbox. When I saw the Apologia Educational Ministries logo, my heartbeat stepped it up a notch and I tore into the package finding a HUGE, 376 page, 24 carat gold-and-diamond resource for our treasure box. Just take a look at this beauty:

Educating the WholeHearted Child by Clay and Sally Clarkson is the best $22.00 you’ll ever spend at Apologia Educational Ministries!

This expanded and revised third edition has been moved to the top of my recommendation and gift lists for homeschooling famlies, and those who ask about homeschooling. I was just astounded with the shear volume of material and the completeness of subject matter and resources packed into this book. In this book you will find the how, what, when, where and why of home, learning, methods and living along with a plethora of resources you need to succeed at the challenge. But most of all, you will find encourgement and support from WholeHearted educators who make you feel like an old family friend.

Just a walk through the table of contents will get your heart pumping. But after a hike through the first chapter, you will probably be out of breath and beaming with encouragement, as I was. I can’t recommend this resource enough, and your mailman can’t get it to you fast enough!

Some thoughts from Gunn Ranch Academy

Wow. I don’t know where to begin!!

I guess I’ll share with you the butterflies I got in my stomach when I read this in the Introduction and just had to post it on my Facebook status:

~Whatever else influences your decision, there is really only one reason in the end that should settle and seal it- that in your heart, before God and by faith, you know that being at home with your children is the right thing to do.~

I closed the book for the night after I read that, and just let that thought linger in my mind for awhile…

As I journyed on through the pages, I began to realize this book would take me quite some time to digest as I found myself reading and re-reading sentences and whole paragraphs. You see, I’m one of those readers who linger and re-read over and over- and I call myself a “slow” reader, because I find myself unable to move on until I really “get it”.  I found myself quite emotionally and spiritually involved as the words spoke directly to my heart. As I read sections,  I found myself in need of putting the book down and thinking, digesting and contemplating the thoughts and ideas. For me, there was no flipping through the sections, or skipping along to get a ‘feel’ for the material. I say this because I am no where near the end as I write this review.

Just this weekend I finally picked up the book and looked at the structure and organization without being mesmerized into the content :).  I usually do a quick once-over scan of content and structure when I first open a book, but this book just sucked me in right away and it has taken me until now to escape the words. As I looked over the organization, I must say I really LOVE~LOVE~LOVE how the book has quotes, scriptures, supplemental ideas, lists and resources in the margin of each page. The margins are a whole nother book in themselves!!

I also just LOVE~LOVE the inserts throughout the chapters entitled “IN OUR HOME”. This peek into the Clarkson’s home adds a personal and “real” feeling to the how, what, when, where and why of home education as a lifestyle. It is just the encouragement I needed to feel like I’m not alone out here!

And who wouldn’t LOVE just about every resource, form and model I can think of included in the last section of this book? I truly can’t think of any aspect of home education as a lifestyle that has been missed.

As I continue my journey through this book, I will certainly be updating and adding to my thoughts here. There is just too much in this book not to share at least some of the golden apples I find along the trail.

And once you receive yours,won’t you please share your thoughts with me here!?There’s just nothing comparable to sharing buried treasure together!


~I must extend a sincere and WholeHearted THANK YOU to the Clarkson’s for using what God has blessed them with to bless others and help them hike their own trails of success. Y’all are good neighbors!~


To see what my Crew Mates had to say about Educating the WholeHearted Child click on over to the Crew Blog!!


Happy WholeHearted Homeschooling!!!


*I received this book as a part of the TOS Homeschool Crew for review purposes. No other compensation was received, and opinions here are my own.


One thought on “Educating the WholeHearted Child ~ Apologia

  1. Great review! I’m typically not a slow reader, but I also felt the need to stop and truly digest this book, and I’m still working through it! LOVE it!!

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