As Susan Schaeffer-Macaulay shows, it doesn't have to be this way. Education can be a wonderful, life-enriching, joyous experience.
For the Children's Sake is a book about what education can be for your child, in your home, and in your school. It is based first on a Christian understanding of what it means to be human, to be a child, a parent, a teacher, and on the Christian meaning of life. At the same time it is deeply practical. Many of the central ideas have been tried and proven true over a century and almost every kind of educational situation. The ideas are in fact so true that they can be applied equally at home, in different schools, in Africa, in the inner city, and in your own community. But they are also ideas that Susan and her husband Ranald Macaulay have tried and proven in their own family and school experience.
For the Children's Sake is a book that can help every parent and teacher awaken the young minds of their children and give them a new richness, stability, and joy for living.
©1984 Susan Schaeffer; (P)1998 Blackstone Audiobooks
I'm not generally one to listen or read heaps of nonfiction books. Yet this book had been in my pile so long that our local homeschooling library called and asked if I could please return it. Whoops! I quickly downloaded a copy from Audible & spent the next few days listening to it while I walked.
The book is well written & full of great ideas regardless of the homeschool method you may be using. While it is written under the pretence that a Charlotte Mason Education is best, I think there's a little of something in there for everyone.
It was certainly an easy listen, despite being non-fiction. In fact, the only real downside was that I was out walking & not at home so I could jot down notes about what I was hearing!
As someone who loves books that inform and grow me where I need it, this book has slipped into my top 3 recommended books!
I feel now that I understand much more wholly what Charlotte Mason had discovered and sought to pass on to others in the position of teaching (or raising...or both) children. The lessons she has are still very much relevant today. I would say, though, that we all need to hear them now more than we ever have.
The narration was adequate, but dull. I would have liked it to be read with a more lively tone and not so monotonous. I did, however, get used to it.
There were many, but often I was struck by the simplicity of the suggestions. I often wondered why something hadn't occurred to me naturally.
As a home educator, I was somewhat familiar with Charlotte Mason, and as I became more so through this book, I was able to assess myself as my children's educator. I saw strengths, and took courage; I saw weaknesses and took note. I think that this is a book that I will assign myself to re-hear annually for the next few years at least.
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