The first book I wanted to talk about is one that I'm reading again. I've read it before. It's absolutely wonderful! Talk about inspiration!!!! It is called Educating the Wholehearted Child and it's "A Handbook For Christian Home Education." If you are a veteran homeschooler or just starting out I really think you would benefit from having this book. I've highlighted and post- it noted the heck out of it!!! ;) It's broken up into several parts. Here are the chapter titles:
1. Home Education...A Step of Faith Toward Home
2. Discipleship...Shaping Your Child's Heart
3. Education...Strengthening Your Child's Mind
4. Teaching Models...Learning At Home, Naturally
5. Teaching Methods...Instructing Your Child
6. Learning Styles...Understanding Your Child
7. Home Management...Getting It Together
8. Lifestyle...Making it Work
9. Support...Keeping it Going
Most home school moms would tell you that it's the hardest thing they've ever done....or tried to do. You are it! Everything falls on you. The pressure is immense and the time for rejuvenation takes much effort to find. Is it worth it? You bet!!! But the looming feeling of inadequacy is always present. This book has the potential to take that feeling away!!! Seriously, the wisdom in these pages is phenomenal! It covers it all and it has great printables in the back that cover a lot of different needs. I couldn't even begin to give a review that would do it justice. I really think this is a wonderful book.
I was reading A Holy Experience this morning and was gently slapped by her post. :) She asks if "our own lack of faithful stewardship results in malnourished gifts" in our children? Are we being diligent in this vocation of motherhood? I must say that
We know we've been blessed with unmatched gifts in our children! Yet, because we live on this earth we become distracted from the real goal, all too often getting our priorities out of line. This book pulls it all back in. Family, faithfulness it's really so great. I would LOVE for you to get it and read it. If you do, please let me know, and let me know what you think of the book. Even if you hate it I'd love to hear your opinion!