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The Heart of Home Schooling: Teaching & Living What Really Matters Paperback – July 1, 2002
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Raising children is hard work. This is news to no one, especially homeschooling families. Many are tempted to cut corners, or even give up. But there is help and encouragement to be found. The Heart o
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* The Biblical basis for homeschooling as *the* method of Christian education.
* The need for parents to have an active, growing faith.
* The need for husbands to show love to their wives and be involved in their children's lives.
* Dealing with suffering in the midst of homeschooling.
* Evangelizing as a homeschooling family.
There was also a section by the author's wife written for women that focused on encouraging personal spiritual growth, as well as one toward teenagers, encouraging them to stand against the tide and have a strong faith.
There are some good points made in this book. I agree with the author's emphasis on homeschooling as being the appropriate Biblical method of raising children even in times of difficulty and trial. He had useful suggestions and reminders. But, overall, the book didn't have a very strong coherent theme to me. Many of the topics chosen came across as random rather than connected; it seemed more to focus on the author's particular areas of interest. A lot of the book was spent focusing on spiritual growth for the parents, and challenging the same in teenagers. Those are important in any Christian's life, but they took up too much of a book that is supposed to be focused on homeschooling.
The author also had an unfortunate tendency to promote some preferences as the only way of doing things. For example, his list of "twelve ideas that I believe God wants us to practice." Two of them were creating tapes for your children with fictional stories with moral lessons and singing Scriptures to songs. There is a big difference between a helpful tool and saying this is something that God wants fathers to practice. There is a whole chapter on creating storytelling tapes, and while this may have worked well in his family, I think it's very unfortunate that it's set up as something that every good homeschooling father *should* do. There are other ways that fathers can pass on spiritual truths to their children.
Another personal preference promoted several times as the right way to do things is having regular date nights and weekend getaways. It may be a helpful tool or way to show love to a wife. But, in ten years of parenting, I have never had a weekend getaway without the kids or a "date" with my husband away from the house without the kids, and I don't want to! We're both homebodies that enjoy spending time with our family, and are content with the time we have at home together with children in bed. If someone else does things differently, that's fine, but again date nights and weekend getaways are set up as something the good homeschooling father *should* do. He also says spending $100 3-4 times a year on weekend getaways is well worth the invaluable benefits, but for many families dropping several hundred dollars a year on weekend getaways is NOT a good idea.
Overall, most of the book just wasn't that compelling to me, though some good things were scattered here and there. I don't consider this book a must read. However, I really liked the chapter on the Biblical basis of homeschooling, so I've decided to pass this book along to someone else and get the author's better known book Home Schooling, the Right Choice: An Academic, Historical, Practical, and Legal Perspective. Edited to add: I ended up not being very impressed with that book either.
i consider this book to be Christian and the info. is fresh, but i do think you will like it. This book does not give advice nor say to one to buy books from a correspondence school program, etc. The message is a simple one on here and it is about believing in God, having patience with ones wife, and vice versa and treating your kids right---this according to the author will help your home education program work. the author makes sense, how can ones educational vision work if one is drunk or cheating on ones spouse, etc. the advice is simple and it is built up in layers as you keep reading but it makes true sense. the literature is about 215 pages; this is recommended.