If you’re a part of the Christian homeschooling community, chances are you’ve heard of Doorposts , publishers of a wide variety of Bible-based parenting and character training materials. I’ve used a number of their products over the years, one of my favorites being the “If/Then” chart which helps families to clearly outline the disciplinary action that can be expected for a variety of misbehaviors.
Recently, I was given the opportunity to review either Polished Cornerstones or Plants Grown Up, Doorposts’ character training books for girls and boys. Since I have two girls, I opted for Polished Cornerstones, the book for girls.
Our schedule went crazy about the same time I received Polished Cornerstones. Between preparing for our homeschool group’s Around the World Day (which we didn’t get to attend) and attending Relevant (the reason we didn’t get to attend ATWD), I didn’t get to use Polished Cornerstones as much as I would have liked…but we definitely will be using it throughout the coming weeks and months.
This 491-page, spiral-bound book has hundreds of ideas for mentoring and training your girls from about the age of five until they leave home as an adult. The book is not designed to be used in a “cover-to-cover” fashion. Rather, parents are encouraged to skip around to cover the topics that are relevant to their particular daughters’ stages in life.
Topics covered include:
- Time management
- Home management
- Money management
- Cooking and meal-planning
- Spiritual discipline (prayer, studying and memorizing God’s Word)
Under each topic heading, dozens of activity ideas are offered to help girls and their parents explore God’s Word and get real-life practice related to each discipline. From studying and memorizing Scripture to writing essays, hands-on learning to discussion ideas for girls and their parents, ideas are included for every learning style, always turning the student back to God’s Word.
For each topic, activity ideas are broken down into beginner, intermediate, and advanced for ease of use, though parents are encouraged to let girls work above or below their suggested level, basing the selected activities on a particular child’s needs, interests and skill level.
I am very anxious to start exploring the homemaking and budgeting areas with my girls (and my boy). I always have good intentions to let my kids help with things like menu planning and cooking so that they are prepared to do those things on their own after they leave home (or just give me a break once in awhile), but sometimes it just seems quicker and easier to do it on my own – or I just don’t think about it in the midst of day-to-day routine. Having these things listed as a project for us to do together often helps me move from good intentions to actual activity.
I love that Polished Cornerstones lists out so many wonderful projects to help with how I should be discipling my girls anyway. It’s that good intentions thing again. Having the project ideas and Bible study suggestions already laid out for me, helps me to be more intentional about discipleship opportunities that are already there, but of which I might not be taking full advantage.
Polished Cornerstones and Plants Grown Up are available from Doorpost for $48 each.
I received this product free for the purpose of reviewing it. I received no other compensation for this review. The opinions expressed in this review are my personal, honest opinions. Your experience may vary.
Kris Bales is a newly-retired homeschool mom and the quirky, Christ-following, painfully honest founder (and former owner) of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers. She has a pretty serious addiction to sweet tea and Words with Friends. Kris and her husband of over 30 years are parents to three amazing homeschool grads. They share their home with three dogs, two cats, a ball python, a bearded dragon, and seven birds.