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Hello my bloggy peeps! Come in and sit a spell, I have someone I want you to meet. (And there’s a giveaway at the end of this, so you’d better not scurry off too fast!)
This week the Apologia media team has paired twelve homeschooling bloggers with twelve homeschooling authors for a great big Apologia Meet & Greet Blog Hop. One of the best things about talking with Apologia over the past couple of months is that I’ve had the opportunity to step outside of my tiny little homeschool bubble and discover some really great homeschool authors and speakers. I know, I know.. and I’ve been homeschooling for how long now?? But I digress.
Today I have the pleasure of introducing you to Clay Clarkson, husband to author Sally Clarkson, and co-author of Educating the Wholehearted Child. I had the opportunity to interview Clay (via email) and now I have the joy of sharing his answers with YOU!
And now, join me in “welcoming” Mr. Clarkson to my little blog:
First, let me say thank you to Clay for taking the time to answer my questions, and to Michelle with Apologia for setting it up. We’re all very busy and I know you two are also, so thank you for your time.
Clay, tell me, how did you and your wife decide/feel led to homeschool your children?
Our journey into a life of homeschooling was less about home education,and more about home discipleship. Sally and I both served on staff with Campus Crusade for Christ after college so we came to marriage in 1981 with strong values for building disciples. Around 1983, I read an article during my studies at Denver Seminary about “homeschooling at the kitchen table” and brought it home to share with Sally. It was our first exposure to the movement, and we both knew nearly instantly and intuitively that it would be the lifestyle we wanted for our children. It would go against the grain of our family and friends, but we felt it was a movement of God for the discipleship of children. We were “in” before we even had a child to be in it with!
What role(s) have you taken in the education of your children at home?
It would be another five years after we decided to homeschool until we actually began to formally homeschool. Sally read most of Dr. Raymond Moore’s books, and we read others by new Christian homeschoolers rapidly emerging onto the scene. Although I was initially in a default classroom mentality that thought there should be measurability and paper trails, the more we talked the more we realized that the institutional school was not the paradigm for homeschooling. We realized that God had created only one institution for the education of children—the family and the home—and that’s where we needed to start. If the home was God’s design, then learning in it should happen as naturally as living in it. Out of that thinking, the WholeHearted Learning model of home education emerged as the fullest expression of a biblical home. As a father, I was involved in the life of the home whenever I was there. It wasn’t about formal roles, but about natural relationships. The best way to know how I was actually involved in our home is to read the book.
How would you sum up the main message of “Educating the Wholehearted Child” in one or two sentences?
Educating the WholeHearted Child is a faith-shaped, God-centered, biblically-informed, Spirit-led, commonsense way for committed Christian parent to nurture, disciple, and educate the children God has entrusted to them in their own home. Those parenting ideals are not idealistic but are easily and naturally attainable through real books, real life, and real relationships. My book is a call to understand that without a “Christian home” there is no Christian home education. My book begins with a wholehearted Christian home, and ends with a wholehearted Christian child.
If a homeschool mom already has the original edition of “Educating the Wholehearted Child,” should they ‘upgrade’ to the newer Third Edition and why?
I can answer with complete integrity and confidence—absolutely, unequivocally, undeniably, unapologetically…YES! I don’t say that just to sell books. I say that because the new third edition of Educating the WholeHearted Child is everything the book should have been in its earlier incarnation, but could not have been because the book had not written me yet. As I finished this book, we graduated our fourth and final homeschooled child. I have said all that I can say, and I believe it is now the WHOLE WholeHearted Child book. There is an additional 15 years of experience, insight, shaping, and learning that is in this final version. It is 128 pages longer (50% longer than the 1996 version), completely reorganized, extensively revised and updated, with a new book list and new planning forms. It is not just a renewed book, it is a new book. It also got a total makeover in the interior layout to make it easier to read, and a new beautiful cover. I am thankful for how God used the previous edition, but I want to be remembered for the new edition. It says it all.
Clay is the Executive Director of WHM. He accepted Christ at a Campus Crusade for Christ event at the University of Texas and joined the staff of the ministry upon graduation in 1975. He married Sally in 1981. For the first 12 years of marriage, Clay ministered as a worship leader, single adults pastor, and adult ministries pastor with churches in Austria, California, and Tennessee. He moved back to Texas in 1993 to begin Whole Heart Ministries in an old farmhouse on family property in central Texas. In the spring of 1999, Clay was able to move his family back to Colorado, where their life as a family began.
And now it’s time to give away a copy of this book to one blessed blog reader!
Now, I have had the opportunity to hold this book in my hands, look through it, and start reading it. I say “start” reading it because quite simply, this book is HUGE! It is CHOCK. FULL. of goodness. Here’s an excerpt from the book description on their site:
The WholeHearted Learning model of Christian home education presented in this book is a comprehensive, uncomplicated, commonsense, biblical approach to homeschooling that integrates all required areas of study for children aged 4-14. It shows you how to use real books, real life, and real relationships to liberate learning in your home from the tyranny of textbooks, the grip of curriculum, and the rigid rule of school.
After only a few pages I thought to myself, “No, I’m going to need a highlighter for this!” So I started over and started highlighting things that stood out to me. In fact, my “you don’t write in books” husband looked over at the page and gasped when he saw how much highlighter yellow was on the page. ;0) I have flipped ahead and scanned through the rest of the book and I can tell the whole thing is going to be good. I eagerly anticipate reading through each and every chapter. I want to go ahead and share with you a few quotes from the book, some of the things I’ve already highlighted.
Men designed schools, but God designed the home. p.13
Your home can and should be a warm, vibrant place where your children love to learn as freely and as naturally as they love to play. In fact, education should be the natural activity of every Christian home. p.14
…home education is not our primary goal–home nurture and discipleship are, and home education is simply the natural extension of those biblical priorities. p.14
Children made in God’s image are prewired to be intelligent, creative, and curious. No matter what you do (or don’t do!), God has already put within your children to question, explore, discover, and learn. p.15
A Christian home is never defined by what the children are doing; it is defined by what the parents are doing. p. 20
Rather than being the discovery of something new, we saw homeschooling as the recovery of something old–the recovery of the biblical home as God had designed it to be his primary institution for spreading righteousness from one generation to the next. p.22
You can get just a taste of what you’ll find when reading this book, and you can also see by the page numbers, just how well-stocked this book is. And that’s just from the first chapter! I’m several chapters in already. No fluff and stuff here. Deep, real, wisdom.
AND here’s how I am going to GIVE AWAY one copy of Educating the Wholehearted Child to one of my readers. DO YOU WANT ONE??
Here’s what you need to do, I’ll keep it simple.
1. To enter, leave a comment on this blog post. If you own this book or the original edition, tell me one of your favorite quotes from the book, or something valuable you learned from reading it. If you have never read this book, leave me any other quote or piece of wisdom that has helped shape the way you teach your children at home. If you don’t homeschool and are trying to win this for a friend, or any other reason, just leave me a comment tell me why you want to win this.
2. Comments will be closed at midnight, central time, Friday, August 26, 2011. One random winner will be drawn and notified by email.
3.Giveaway is only open to U.S. participants. (I am so very sorry! Legalese and all that.) =(
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…home education is not our primary goal–home nurture and discipleship are, and home education is simply the natural extension of those biblical priorities. p.14
I do not own a copy of this book yet, but would love to read it. I am a single Mom, and have been homeschooling my son for 2 1/2 years now, and it can be frustrating sometimes, but I am truly Blessed to have this opportunity. I am thankful to God everyday that I can have such a great opportunity to help my son grow more everyday!
WOW! A single mom. I’ve always thought that if anything were to happen to my husband, I’d want to find a way to keep homeschooling. I know it wouldn’t be easy, but I’d do whatever I could to keep doing it. Moms like you inspire me. I know that it’s got to be a huge sacrifice, but you do it and your children are blessed because of it. God bless you!!
I try to enjoy every minute with my kids! I know they are growing up way too fast.
Amen to that! They’re growing up SO FAST….
I have not read the book but the best piece of advice I have received is to begin each homeschooling day in prayer and also end it in prayer. It always makes our days go much smoother
EXCELLENT advice! It’s amazing how far prayer goes (and how far we can hold ourselves back without it!)
That is one of the best tips I have implemented. When we enter a time of prayer, we are more peaceful, patient, kind, and other fruit of the spirit. I love that we pray in Bible time, Science time, History time, and Geography time, and do verses in Handwriting, Bible, Science, History, and Geography. When you are that into the Word and prayer, how could you not have an awesome “school” day?
We do a lot our school this way, too… God’s word is laced through it all. It’s my favorite way to do it. =)
My oldest is just now at “Pre-K” age and we have been prayerfully considering homeschool for the past several years! I would love to win this book! We are in the planning stages and will be doing some school related activities this year. : )
Yay, Stephania! This book has a lot of information about why to homeschool and what approach to take and deciding what your priorities are, in addition some other practical how-tos. It would be a good book to start with if you did win it.
I want this book because we homeschool and I can always use advice and encouragement.
Amen to that… we can ALWAYS use good advice and encouragement!! You are so right. =)
This looks like a fantastic book! As you know, I don’t homeschool, but I have a real appreciation for those who do. =) My sister has started homeschooling this year and I think this could be a wonderful resource for her.
It would make a great gift for your sister!
I have not read the book but the best advice I have received is that academics take second place to what your child’s heart or character may need work on.
AGREED. And that’s talked about a lot in this book. It’s a different mindset than the ‘academics first’ approach. My husband and I come at it differently, from both sides, so we’ve got the bases covered I guess. 😉
I’ve never read this book but have heard so much about it through the years. I need to get my hands on it!
Yes, you do! I hadn’t really heard much about it, I didn’t know what to expect. Man this is good stuff!
I have not read this book, but would like to. The best words of wisdom I can think of is, “Your children will learn more if you teach them one thing, then if you offer them every subject under the sun. That one thing is to teach them to love to learn.”
Yes! I’m on board with that. I want my kids to love to learn. (I’m trying!!) =)
I don’t have this book and my oldest is pre-K, so I have been easing into the homeschool arena. I would love this resource!
It would be a good one! I wish I’d had it back when I started, but one thing I’ve learned, it’s never to late to tweak and refine your homeschooling approach! =)
I have the original and turn to it over and over – even after 11 years of using it. Sally never fails to encourage me and spur me on!!!
I hear that a lot! That it’s a resource that is turned to over and over across the years and never gets old. =)
Sally and Clay gave me permission not to spank my children, and for that I will always be grateful. Every other Christian parenting book says that a Christian parent MUST spank to be obedient to God. And Clay’s book shows why that is not true, giving me permission to stop the hitting. God’s blessings on you, Clay and Sally. I’d love that book, as it’s one of the few I don’t have. I have many others. I had Educating the Whole Hearted Child which I bought probably 13 years ago, but I gave it to my sister in law about… Read more »
Very cool! God bless!
I would love to win this book. I’ve never read it, but it’s on my list of books to read. One thing that has helped shape the way I teach my boys is a talk I attended by Andrew Pudewa. It was titled something like “Teaching Boys Who Would Rather Build Forts”. It was all about how boys learn differently than girls. The main thing that stuck with me was how boys actually learn better while moving around!
I haven’t done nearly enough reading about boys yet (mainly I’ve only read “Wild Things, the Art of Nurturing Boys”) but I can already tell that boys DEFINITELY learn differently!! But I’m totally cool with that. I let him run off and build whatever he wants to. 😉
I have not had the opportunity to read the book yet, but I would love to. My favorite quote about homeschooling (and raising children in general) was when a friend told me, “be open to the graces that God has to pour out on you every day.”
Oh, I love this piece of advice! I need to remember that every day! I may write this on this inside of my lesson planner.
I am very interested in homeschooling both of my children. This sounds like a book I need to read!
Yes, ma’am! This book is definitely a good book to read when considering homeschool. It’s very upfront about deciding why you want to, counting the cost, developing your homeschool mindset… lots of good information.
My daughter just turned 20 months old yesterday and I already have a heart burdened to homeschool her. She is precious to me and I know no one else could teach and guide her like me. I’ve been eyeing this book recently.
I started sitting down with oldest daughter doing preschool type stuff when she was almost 3. Before that, though, I was already naturally teaching her throughout the day. It just felt like a natural extension of motherhood, you know? Praise God for your heart for homeschooling! God bless. =)
I have never read this book, but would love to have it. The best advice I have been given is that every child is different.
Yes, they ARE! All three of mine learn a little differently than each other. Of course. Right? =)
I do own the book but just got it and haven’t started reading it yet (too many books started that need finished first). So I will share a piece of wisdom a friend shared that has helped me. It was to to take homeschooling day by day and to remember why we homeschool! I would give this copy to a good friend if I won it!
Day by day for sure. It’s just like eating an elephant, one bite at a time. It’s all we can do, and when we try to do more than that it can overwhelm us. I DEFINITELY agree with this piece of advice.
And also the second half of that, remembering why, without which we can get off track so easily. Thank you. =)
We are just beginning our hs journey, but the quote that stands out most is “Don’t let school get in the way of education”. Thank you for sharing!
Nice one!! I’ve talked a little bit about this on my blog. I don’t want to get so wrapped up in the how or the details or the schedule that I ruin the fun of learning and living life. Thanks!
My kids are growing up fast! I would love to read your book.
I know, I’m pretty sure that only yesterday my 7th grader was a preschooler, wasn’t she? Time flies so fast…
This is on my to get list of books. Can’t wait to read it. We all can use some encouraging.
Yes, we can. Encouragement and wisdom are little blessings from God delivered to us by our friends (or great books.) And we all need that. =)
I don’t officially homeschool yet, but we will, and I have loved so much reading Sally’s Ministry of Motherhood and Mission of Motherhood that I would love to read about what homeschooling looks like for them as we prepare to embark on this journey with our three (so far) little ones!
I’ve been reading “Mission of Motherhood” for a while now.. I had to put it down for something else and I haven’t picked it back up.. but I need to!! It’s a good book, also. And “Ministry of Motherhood” is on my wishlist!!
An experienced homeschooler in my association once said God made her realize she wasn’t homeschooling to raise super-geniuses for her own glory, but instead to raise godly children for the Lord’s glory.
I like the way she said that,… she sounds very wise. =)
Unfortunately, even though I have the original edition, I cannot give you a quote at the moment because my book is in one of the many boxes that were just delivered to my home a few days ago. We’re a military family, so our household goods have recently arrived at our new duty station. I CAN say that with every new duty station, there is always someone I share the book with. It is so precious to me — I agree that it is chocked full of love and good info. I say love because it is all about spending… Read more »
Yes, lots of love. Spending time with the kids and keeping in mind our eternal purpose has always been something that’s been important to me in our homeschool. It’s one of the reasons I’m enjoying this book so much.
I want to win this book for my dear friend. You see I won this book over on the Apologia’s Dinner Giveaway! So, I am hoping I wont need to loan my copy out and be able to give her her own copy!
I cant wait to read it!!
Yeah, your friend definitely needs her own copy. As I keep saying,.. there’s so much to underline and highlight.. =)
This is an incredible book. I’ve been going through it as a discussion group on my blog.
I know! I’ve seen links to your discussions online.. I haven’t jumped in because I’m pretty sure you’re ahead of where I am in the book.. and I’m kind of OCD about skipping ahead. =p It’s just one of my many issues I need to work on…
We’re only on chapter 4 this week. Catch up and jump in!
As a homeschooling Mom to 3 kids I would love to win this book. It sounds like I could benefit and grow so much from the topics discussed in this book and I appreciate the chance to win!
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There is SO MUCH in this book, I’m sure you *could* find *something* that would bless you. God bless!
This book has been on my to-read list since Sally spoke at the Relevant Conference last year! I wasn’t able to buy it then and haven’t been able to yet, but I have been planning to. I love her wisdom!
She is very wise!! I would say ‘check your local library’ and you could.. but if you’re like me, you’ll want to make notes and highlight things all over it. 😉
I have the original edition of this book, and have not read it in its entirety, but one of the most helpful parts for me was a description of the many different types of homeschooling styles. This was a great resource as I was beginning to homeschool and didn’t know what method would work best for our family.
I’m not to that part yet, but I’m looking forward to it. I’m always looking for ways to refine and improve our homeschooling style. =)
I’d love to get a copy of this book! I love Clay & Sally’s approach to homeschooling & parenting. I have been encouraged & ministered to over the years by their books & teaching.
Yes, they are blessed with such an ability to encourage and minister, aren’t they? God bless!!
I’ve never read this book but I would love to! My oldest is in pre-K so we are just beginning this homeschool adventure. One saying that helps me in my day-to-day is to enjoy the little things, because one day you will look back and realize that they are the big things. And that you build your relationship with your children in the spaces in your lives, the moments between activities when you and your children are present with each other; and that is why quantity time spent with your children is every bit as important as so-called “quality time”.
“…you build your relationship with your children in the spaces in your lives, the moments between activities when you and your children are present with each other…” I like that. Thank you for sharing this!
Great interview. I would love to win this book. I have an old ragged copy, but my oldest daughter started homeschooling this year and I would love to give the new one to her!
Oh yay!! I don’t know if my children will choose to homeschool but that would be so exciting! How exciting for you and her!
I have yet to read or own the book 🙁
A very dear friend, as well as one of the home school pioneering families in our state, explained to me that I was NOT home schooling (as in bringing school into my home), rather I was home EDUCATING. Keeping that distinction has given me a greater sense of responsibility coupled with a greater sense of freedom during our journey – now in its 8th year!
I had a friend who gave me similar advice early on, that I didn’t have to recreate public school in my home, that it didn’t have to “look” like school as I knew it as a kid, with me standing at the front of the room with a chalkboard and a pointer and talking to them in their desks.. I mean, yes, I have a dry erase board, and they’ve had desks, but her advice freed me from the struggle of trying to copy a model I grew up with that is unnecessary for learning at home. I’m so blessed… Read more »
I don’t have the book yet, but look forward to in the future. The best advice given me is to remember why you are homeschooling.
I think your adviser who gave that piece of advice knew how easy it is to forget when you look at why everyone else is doing it, or when you’re in the trenches of schooling and struggling with hard days. But knowing why helps you carry on, in the right direction, to keep your focus. It’s great advice.
I would love to read this book.
I think for me, realizing that I didn’t need to compare my homeschool and ways of doing things to everyone else freed me to be the homeschool mom that I need to be.
Amen! I recently wrote a post about this… Comparing comes so easily.. but at so much a cost. We don’t need to compare ourselves to everyone else, we just need to do school the way God leads us to do it and He’ll bless us and guide us in it.
God has recently been leading us to change to a Spirit-led, family-centered homeschool and lifestyle in general actually. Uniting Church and Home by Eric Wallace was one of the first books I read after we recognized that we were homeschooling for the wrong reasons. I highly recommend it! I am also a big fan of Sally Clarkson’s, Mission of Motherhood, and would love to win their new book!
I haven’t heard of that book, I’ll have to look it up. Thanks!
Thanks so much for the opportunity to win this book. A seasoned homeschooling mom once told me to “just be a mommy” to my kids. No frills, don’t try to be someone your not. Just be the best mommy that you can be, and God will guide us and direct our learning.
Lovely and wise. Our kids need us to be the best mommy we can be, and in do so, we’ll be a great teacher as well.
I recently got my first copy of this book. It is absolutely amazing! I love it. Problem is, I need to share it with friends and I can’t lend out my copy! lol. I need a lender copy! I actually would love to give a copy to my best friend. 🙂
You DO need a lender copy! What a great way to bless your friends.
This book (even before the updated version) has been on my wish list for a while now. I would love to win! 🙂
LOL! Sounds like it’s been on your wishlist a while! (I’m not one to judge, my wishlist is long and many items have rolled over from year to year.) I suspect that’s common for homeschoolers, though. =)
I do not own this book, but would love to have it. I have looked at it many times, but I never got around to purchasing it yet. The best advice I have for homeschooling is ….”the Lord’s lovingkindnesses are indeed new every morning….Great is Thy faithfulness” Lamentations 3:23–No matter the circumstances, Great is God’s faithfulness……
Indeed! No matter the circumstances. Even when homeschooling is harder than all get out… Great is His faithfulness! Thank you!
This is our second year of homeschooling. I do not have this book but it looks like an awesome resource. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy.
I would have to say the best piece of advice I’ve received is to relax. I am not teaching a classroom, just my one for Christ’s glory.
Great advice. (Both the part about relaxing, and the part about teaching our children for Christ’s glory. Thanks!)
I would love to read this book, it’s been in my Amazon shopping cart for weeks. We haven’t yet made the leap to homeschooling, but we are very close to taking the next step.
Very close? What’s holding you back? (I ask curiously and not judgmentally..) If you have specific questions or concerns I’d be more than happy to encourage and answer any way that I can, to help you make the decision (even if your decision ends up being to not homeschool.) My point of view is that it doesn’t matter if parents choose to homeschool as much as it matters that they CHOOSE whatever they choose after much thought and prayer. If a family is doing what they feel led by God to do, then who am I to question that? Feel… Read more »
So great to hear from Mr. Clarskson! I’m a big fan of his wife’s blog and it always leads me to wonder about the man who leads such a beautiful family! Thank you!
I had wondered, too! It was fun to get to interview him and learn more “about the man who leads such a beautiful family.”
I have never read the book but have heard so many good things about it! I have to say I love your blog and really am bad about reading it and even worse about writting in my own. Having 5 kids it’s always nice to have new tricks in my bag!!!
Homeschooling and having kids makes it hard to read blogs regularly, I know!! I have a tendency to let my blog reader pile up to overflowing and then go through it all at once every couple of months.. I try to stay on top of it, but really, it’s not as big of a priority as everything else, is it? No worries!
I would love to win this book! kevinkaylaarrowood123 at yahoo dot com
Thanks for entering, this book is a good one. God bless!
I would love to win this book because I have heard nothing but good things about it. I was able to get and read your daughters book, and what a delight it was. Kids grow up too fast, I know, I have grown ones already. I have a “second family” now and Id like to avoid the mistakes I made when I was younger. Thanks for the opportunity to win!
They sure do grow up fast. Many blessings to you and your “second family!”
I love the clarksons and try to always remember how sally says we must fill our lids up as if their hearts are treasure chests to be filled with great things…and how women are civilizers!
“as if their hearts are treasure chests..” They most certainly are, aren’t they? Thank you for sharing this quote.
I would love to win this book. It has been on my wish list for a few years now. One of my favorite education quotes is, “Education is not the filling of a bucket, but the lighting of a fire.” William Butler Yeats
Nice one! A fire, yes!
I don’t own this book but would love to own a copy! I’ve been homeschooling for 7 years now and feel like we are really getting to the place of homeschooling like how my heart imagined it. It keeps getting better and better! Miki
This will be our 9th year, and I started feeling that way last year. It’s a nice feeling, isn’t it? I guess like anything else there’s a learning curve and it can take a while to find the right fit. And when you find it, the fit feels nice. =)
I just love Sally Clarkson and I would love to win a copy of the book. THank you so much for allow me to participate in the giveaway.
Sally Clarkson has definitely been used by God to inspire many a mom! I’m sure you’d enjoy this book as well.