Plants Grown Up
Projects for Sons on the Road to Manhood
Spiral Bound, 2nd Edition
The new PDF eBook edition is now available!
One day we noticed that our boys were growing up on us. There was still lots more to teach them about becoming godly men!
We realized that we needed goals to aim for and a plan to help us reach those goals. Plants Grown Up is the result.
This 490-page, spiral-bound book offers hundreds of ideas for Bible study projects, reading material, and practical, everyday activities to help train your sons for godly manhood. (Polished Cornerstones contains similar material to use with your daughters.)
One copy of this book can be used with all your sons from the time they can memorize simple Bible verses until the day they each get married. (And then they can save it to use with your grandsons!)
Each chapter offers a variety of reading, writing, Bible study, and active projects for you to choose from for each of your unique sons.
Projects in each chapter are listed in order according to increased difficulty. Start work in each area with young boys, and continue to disciple your sons with increasingly more difficult assignments.
Each project is labeled with the school subject it relates to, enabling homeschoolers to easily incorporate projects into their regular school plans.
Evaluation questions at the end of each chapter help parents and sons pinpoint weaknesses, discuss areas of improvement, and pray specifically for spiritual growth.
Many reproducible charts and forms encourage serious Bible study and self-examination. A CD of printable PDF forms is included for free with the print book!
Improvements to the new edition include:
Easier-to assign projects (now divided into beginning, intermediate, and advanced)
More help with choosing and planning projects, with sample lesson plans and step-by-step instructions
Easier-to-read, updated text and layout
Lots more active projects for younger boys ages 4 through 7
Addresses new issues like computer and internet usage
Up-to-date recommendations for other character-building books and media
Insights from 15 more years of parenting experience (our sons are starting their own families now!)
Your satisfaction is guaranteed!
Plants Grown Up can help you raise your boys for God’s glory! It is also a great resource for boys’ club ministries, grandparents who want to be more involved with their grandchildren, and counselors seeking practical learning projects for boys.
Bible verses are quoted from the King James Version.
View Table of Contents and Sample Chapter on "Courage"
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Shannon Wallace of Texas, 5/16/2013
Though we haven't used this book on a consistent basis yet, I do want to write my thoughts on what we've done. This book is SO thorough! My goal is to have my son finish most project sections in this book before we will graduate him from homeschool. Of course, that's years from now, but I can see where we will use this more consistently in the near years to come! I could not have come up with a resource this great on my own! What a wonderful, Godly book of projects for our son!
We have two boys (so far :-)) and LOVE that this book breaks down ideas and projects to use to teach and train beginning at very young ages. This has been so helpful to truly train them up since the days of their youth... :-) THANK YOU for all the work you put in to create such a wonderful resource for young mothers! May the Lord bless us all in our endeavors!
Tracy @ HallofFameMoms.com of Ohio, 7/20/2010
I received a copy of Plants Grown Up to review on my blog. My boys are 4 & 6 yrs of age right now and I am a first time homeschooling mom. I wanted to have this to use in my homeschooling. Homeschooling or not, this is an exciting practical tool in the Christian parent's arsenal!
We haven't officially started using this book with the boys yet. I am still reading through the book now, taking my time getting familiar with it and applying it to where my oldest is in life right now. I can see so much potential I'm really excited to have this tool to help us be responsible in teaching our boys the things God wants for them!
I also just purchased The Checklist for Parent's today. I'm looking forward to having that too.
A Resource For A Lifetime
Cara Bergeron of Klamath Falls, Oregon, 4/15/2010
Although we've owned Plants Grown Up for a long time, our boys are just now at an age where they are able to do many of the projects in a self-directed fashion. This spring and summer, my husband and I are creating a curriculum around this resource. We hope to continuing using Plants Grown Up in subsequent years so that when they come to the point in their lives to consider marriage, they will be able to present a fat notebook to their future father-in-law, filled with wise thoughts and considerations, evidence of bible study, entrepreneurial plans, and organizational skills. Our three boys will be doing some of the (myriad!) projects and completing a few of the plans suggested this summer, but they will also be studying some of the suggested verses using the diagramming and parsing skills they've learned through their local Classical Conversations community. What they learn during the day, they will share with us at night during family worship. We're already excited to see them combining their skills and observations for God's glory!
Andrea of South Carolina, 8/1/2008
My family and I are forever indebted to the Doorposts folks for being a tool of God's sanctification in our lives. He has primarily used the material in this book to help our sons grow up in Christ. Our culture gives us ideas completely opposite of those of God's holy word, so we love the way the Forsters focus us back to inerrant Scripture and give so many ideas for applying it practically. My husband and I have been so blessed to see the results of this book--and THE book--in our children's lives, and we look forward to using it all our days, first with children and then with grandchildren.