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Seven Tools for Cultivating Your Child's Potential

 

Seven Tools for Cultivating Your Child's Potential

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Publisher: Apologia

Author: Zan Tyler

List Price: Softcover: $15.00

Ages: Adult

Reviewed By: Heidi Miller-Ford

 
Who doesn't want their children to reach their full potential? I was drawn to the title of this book for that reason. 7 Tools for Cultivating Your Child's Potential is a book written from a Christian perspective to help you do just that. The author, Zan Tyler, is a veteran homeschool mom who speaks from experience and has the proof from her three grown children that these tools are effective. Zan has devoted a chapter to each of the seven tools. The following is a brief description of each of them:

Establishing identity- Helping your children figure out who they belong to and why that will help them feel grounded.

Cultivating intimacy- How forming close relationships with our children helps us to teach them and molds who they will become as adults.

Discovering purpose-What you need to learn about your child in order to lead them in the right direction. This chapter also covers the topic of how to discover his special gifts.

Developing worldview- Why a Biblical worldview is so crucial and how to develop it.

Building character through discipleship- Teaching your children to develop a relationship with the Heavenly Father and trying to please Him.

Providing stimulating academics- How to create an interesting curriculum from a Biblical standpoint and gear it towards your child's strengths.

Fostering leadership and communication skills- How the student can use the way God designed him to influence and improve the world around him.

What I liked most about this book was that after Zan explained what each of the tools were and why they were important, she gave resources and information you can actually get your hands on to implement these ideas. So often, a book explains a concept and then doesn't go beyond that. You won't be left wondering how you are going to accomplish this. There is also an extensive list of references in the back.

Many of the tools are not a quick fix. This book is about a way of life, a vision for your child's future, and how to take an active role in it. How to raise your children in an environment that fosters a love for the Lord, focusing on Him and not themselves, realizing how your children are designed and guiding them in the right direction. The results from this book may not be seen for many years but will certainly be worth it when they are.

The book was written for a homeschool audience. I do think however, that non-homeschooling families could glean beneficial information from this book as well.
 
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Available From: Apologia Educational Ministries
Address: 1106 Meridian Plaza Suite 220, Anderson, IN 46016
Phone: 888.524.4724
Website: www.apologia.com
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Heidi Miller-Ford
Heidi Miller-Ford is a former school teacher who now enjoys staying at home to homeschool her own two children. She enjoys reading books, taking walks, and spending time with her family. She is also a business partner of a small company called Fortunately For You Books that writes homeschool curriculum for other homeschool families.
 
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