Friday, May 27, 2011
TOS Crew Review: Apologia Read for the Heart
Read for the Heart, Whole Books for Wholehearted Families by Sarah Clarkson is more than just a guide book. You can feel the Author's passion for good books as you read her words.
Table of Contents
*List of Caldecott Medalists
*List of Newberry Medalsist
*Historical Fiction by G.A. Henty list
*The Trailblazer Series list
*A Few of My Favorite Things lists
-Favorite read alouds for the family
-Favorites for girls
-Favorites for boys
*Indexed by Author, Illustrator, and title
*Chapters explaining why reading is so important with my thoughts on each chapter in parenthesis:
-Reading to Live(Reading good books gives you the courage to do hard things and live a good life. Parents can use books as an ally in their parenting.)
-Reading Lost: The State of Literacy in America(Deep thinking is taught through reading. We need to encourage children to read.)
*How to chapters:
-Life by Books: How to Begin(Lots of great tips to make reading a part of daily life. One of my favorite was to make read-aloud dates with each of your children.)
-A Roadmap for Using This Book(In this chapter you will find how Miss Clarkson chose and organized the recommended books.)
*Book lists with genre information:
-Picture Books(I loved this chapter! She shared wonderful thoughts on choosing a book for the words as well as the illustrations.)
-The Golden Age Classics, free sample chapter(I enjoyed reading the history of how these books came to be.)
-Children's Fiction(Sarah had wonderful thoughts on criteria for choosing books.)
-Fairy Tales and Fantasy(I plan to read the books listed to learn more about this subject.)
-History and Biography(These are listed by era which is helpful to quickly find a book on a time period you want your children to study.)
-Spiritual Reading for Children(Biographies, devotionals, study guides and children's Bibles are listed.)
-Music, Art and Nature
Books are listed in each section by Author, a brief description is given for each recommended book along with other books also recommended by the same author.
I enjoyed reading Miss Clarkson's book. It was full of motivation for me to make sure we are putting enough emphasis on reading quality books. Throughout the book she emphasises the importance of quality books. I thought her point of what children become used to reading creates an appetite for that type of book was very important and will help me reevaluate the books my children read.
It was neat to see the results in Sarah of growing up in a book loving family. It encouraged me to put more emphasis on using real books for more of our studies. I loved hearing about how her parents incorporated books into their everyday lives. I have already taken her advice to make an afternoon session of quiet reading more special by serving my children iced tea or lemonade to sip as they read. She recommends hot chocolate which I reinterpreted for our warm weather as a cool beverage.
I had lost confidence in my children's ability to learn enough just by reading good books but reading Read for the Heart has me rethinking how we study and longing to go back to the basics of good books as the foundation of our learning.
I would recommend this book for anyone who wants to include more good books in their daily life. It would be especially useful for those who are just starting out or who need a well organized book with recommendations of good books for children and teens. I found many new books listed throughout this book. I also thought it was a wonderful book to read as encouragement to parents to raise their children with the company of good books. I will be referencing this book each year as I choose new books for my children to enjoy during school and free time.
To purchase, visit Apologia Press.
Read for the Heart by Sarah Clarkson
I received a free copy of Read for the Heart from Apologia Press and have shared my honest opinion. Please visit TOS Homeschool Crew blog to read more reviews.