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For the Children's Sake: Foundations of Education for Home and School Paperback – June 17, 2009
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About the Author
Susan Schaeffer Macaulay grew up in Switzerland at L'Abri Fellowship, which was founded by her parents, Francis and Edith Schaeffer. She and her husband, Ranald Macaulay, established and led the L’Abri branch in England for several years. She is also the author of For the Family’s Sake and contributed to Books Children Love and When Children Love to Learn.
Founder, England branch of L'Abri Fellowship; author, For the Family’s Sake
- Publisher : Crossway; 5/18/09 edition (June 17, 2009)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 176 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1433506955
- ISBN-13 : 978-1433506956
- Item Weight : 7.7 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.44 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #35,930 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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If you were interested in Charlotte Mason methodology, this would be a great starting point. To get the gist of the amazing woman’s approach to education.
If you are an experienced homeschooler who already is familiar with Charlotte Mason and her teachings, this could be a bit dry and, frankly, redundant for you.
First, this book is NOT a step-by-step, "how to homeschool." It will not provide resources, curriculum options, schedules, etc. For that, you can turn to a book like "The Well-Trained Mind."
Instead, what this book offers is primarily two things: (1) a philosophy of a child-centric education, particularly an ideal elementary education; (2) a summary of Charlotte Mason's philosophy on education. When I say "child-centric," I mean that the author's perspective is that education must be founded on the principle that each child is uniquely created by God and therefore is worthy of respect. Children should be treated as intelligent creatures and fed the best educational experiences possible --- they should be reading the best literature, listening to the best music, viewing the best art, experiencing nature whenever possible. Much of their day should be filled with play, preferably outdoor play, where they can experience for themselves God's creation. The author's philosophy is inspired by Charlotte Mason, and her extensive writing on education. For readers who want an introduction to Charlotte Mason's writings, this book provides numerous excerpts from Mason's volumes.
The book also serves as a reminder of the true purpose of education, as a life and habit. Children should be inspired to become life-long learners.
While the book could use some editing, as it does not naturally flow between and within chapters, it is an essential read for parents, whether homeschooling or not, who are passionate about providing a quality education to their children.
I'm going to read and re-read yearly.
I already feel like a better individual, parent& teacher and I'm only on page 105.
Btw I think the book got better footing in chapter 2 on (a little slow at the start).
But even chapter 1 is good!
One of those book I'll share with everyone that will listen.
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 6, 2019
I highly recommend this book for anyone considering homeschooling or even interested in their child's education outside of public school.