For the Children's Sake

Narrated by: Mary Woods
Length: 5 hrs and 4 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (270 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Every parent and teacher wants to give children the best education possible. Everyone would like education to be a joyous adventure and celebration of life, as well as a solid preparation for living. Sadly, most education today falls far short of this goal.

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

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Inspiring; a must read for all educators!

Where does For the Children's Sake rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

As someone who loves books that inform and grow me where I need it, this book has slipped into my top 3 recommended books!

What was one of the most memorable moments of For the Children's Sake?

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.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

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.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

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.

Any additional comments?

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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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!

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Great information, terribly drab narration.

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

This book is so great for homeschoolers, when you need to be reconvicted of why you choose to keep your kids at home, to motivate and educate you on your journey. But honestly, this is the worst narration out of any book I've ever purchased from audible. That sounds harsh. I do admit it may be that her voice grates my nerves, or that it's not an exciting topic to hear about. But we listen to quite a lot of nonfiction and I cannot recommend this to anyone in audible form, but I will send them to the printed book.

What did you like best about this story?

The encouragement.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Mary Woods?

I have no idea.

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this book is very good. in line with scripture.

once I began listening, I was hooked. I needed this information. tomorrow I will be making different decisions for my children thanks to this reading.

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A must for homeschoolers

I didn't want to stop listening! This book is easy to listen to and learn from. It has great ideas with examples.

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Wonderful material, terrible audio

The audio of this books sounds like an automated recording. We listen to lots of audio books and this one is horrible. The material, the book, is wonderful but it’s pretty painful to listen to. I bought the audio because I needed to get through the book quickly for my book club. Unless you absolutely have to listen to the audio, don’t bother.

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Great book on the gentle art of learning

Makes you want to stop the audio and mark up a hard copy of the book.

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Enlightening look at education

Would you listen to For the Children's Sake again? Why?

I plan to listen to it annually as I prepare to educate my children.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Charlotte Mason, for her innovative educational ideas

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

"Parents who are careful enough about their children's diet, are so reckless about what their child is learning." Charlotte Mason

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Solid training and encouraging words

Solid training and encouraging words from someone who has experienced and used the training from the master educator.. They aren't pretty, outdated words. It's educational for today's Christian homeschoolers and parents.

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Excellent summery of Charlotte Masons work.

An excellent book for those wanting to better understand Charlotte Mason's principles of education. It is helpful to have someone from this century discuss these principles after having benifit end from there use in the their own home. Examples on putting the principles to work the current time were helpful.

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