Educating the WholeHearted Child Book Club – Week 1

Have you heard about the new Hip Homeschool Moms Book Club?! We are so excited about getting started today! The discussions about the book will be held in our Hip Homeschool Moms Community. If you’re not already a member there, you can ask to be added by going to this link. It’s a private community so that the ladies in the group can ask questions, make suggestions, and share information in a closed setting.

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Before I tell you more about the Book Club, I’d like to share some important links with you. Just for fun, the folks at Apologia have created a free downloadable bookmark for our first book–Educating the WholeHearted Child. You can use the bookmark to keep your place in your book or even as a reminder to read and join in the discussion! And you’ll also want to be sure to download your copy of the Study Guide for the Introduction and Chapter 1. It’s free for everyone who wants to participate. (If friends would like a copy, please give them the link to this post and have them download their own copies instead of sharing yours with them. Thanks so much!)

Why did we decide to start a Book Club?

First of all, we want to give moms in the HHM Community a reason and a way to interact with other moms who have similar interests and motivations. We learn so much from each other!

Second, so many of us moms don’t take the time to read books for fun or information unless we “have” to read them! We busy moms feel like we’re being selfish or doing something we shouldn’t be doing when we take the time to read. After all, there are so many other things that need to be done! This book club will give moms a reason to need to read.

Third, we just want to have some fun with you moms who support us here at Hip Homeschool Moms! We want to read and interact with you wonderful moms who visit our website, Facebook page, and private Facebook Community. We want to get to know you and learn more about you. We want to have fun and, at the same time, learn how we can better meet your needs for information and support as you homeschool.

Finally, we hope to introduce moms to some homeschool-related books that you may not have known about before. There are some wonderful homeschool books available, but many moms feel overwhelmed simply trying to choose one! We want to introduce some of the books that have been helpful to us and some that we haven’t yet had a chance to read ourselves. And that brings us to our current book selection!

We will choose books to read by having moms in the private community vote. The first book we’re reading and discussing is Educating the WholeHearted Child by Clay Clarkson with Sally Clarkson (the newest version). Today we will begin discussion about the introduction and first chapter of the book. The discussion will continue all week until we begin the discussion of Chapter 2 on Monday, January 26. (NOTE: This book is written mainly to Christian families who homeschool or are considering homeschooling. We will be including books that are more general and are not necessarily written from a Christian perspective in later book club selections.)

For those of you who are interested in joining in but don’t yet have all the details, here’s the basic information:

  • The first book club discussion begins today in the HHM Community. We’re discussing the Introduction and Chapter 1.
  • We will cover one chapter each week, so that means you’ll need to have read Chapter 2 by Monday, January 26.
  • If you find out about the book club later and want to join in, you can do that at any time! Just read the next chapter that’s going to be discussed and jump right in!
  • Each day we will post a new question in the HHM Community to start our discussion. You can join in with your own ideas and opinions whenever you’d like!
  • From now on, every Sunday a new Book Club post will be shared here on the Hip Homeschool Moms site. In that post, you’ll find a downloadable pdf of the week’s Study Guide. Here’s the Study Guide for the Introduction and Chapter 1.
  • Look for this graphic to let you know that a post on this site or a discussion in the community is about our current Book Club selection:  HHM Book Club Ed the WholeHearted Child Resized

We hope you will join us for Educating the WholeHearted Child Book Club each week!

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  1. I purchased this book 2 years ago and felt a little overwhelmed when I began reading it! It is so much goodness that I was trying to gorge myself with it instead of taking small bites!
    I’m glad to have the discussion group and guide!

  2. I requested to join the Facebook community many days ago but I am still pending. I would love to be able to read the dialogue for the introduction and chapter 1…

    1. Ok, Rebecca, thank you for letting us know! We’ve had so many folks request to join the community lately that we’re way behind on approving folks.

  3. I just started homeschooling my daughters (17 and 15 years old) this fall. One is in 10th grade and the other is catching up and is working at the 6th grade level. Is this book study more for younger children?

    1. The book says it’s for those who are homeschooling children up to about age 14. My kids, however, are 19, 17, and 12, and I’m learning so much from it!

  4. I would love to be part of the book club if it isn’t too late to join ! Are you still accepting? I sent a request on Facebook but have not been accepted. Thanks !

  5. Hi! I just bought my copy of this book, and it is a blessing to find this website. I don’t mind coming in late. I hope you don’t. The study guide are just what I need. Thank you so much! Looking forward to learning from all “veteran” homeschooling moms as I am a newbie. Blessings!

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