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Better Late Than Early: A New Approach to Your Child's Education Paperback – August 1, 1989


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  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Reader's Digest Association; 1st edition (August 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0883490498
  • ISBN-13: 978-0883490495
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #530,514 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Another main point in the book is how the home is the best place for young children.
Henry Cate III
The second half of the book is merely developmental ideas, but sound opinion nonetheless.
Shirin Schneider
For the sake of your child I recommend reading this book before you start them in school.
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147 of 148 people found the following review helpful By Henry Cate III on September 15, 2004
Format: Paperback
For a long time there has been a push by many concerned citizens, educators, politicians, and others to improve the education of children by getting them into school sooner. The idea being that the sooner children were taught to read, write, and do arithmetic, the more mastery they'll have of these subjects. I was surprised to learn that a hundred years ago in some states it was against the law for children to go to school until they were at least eight years old.

Raymond & Dorothy Moore spent years investigating the results of early education. They examined other studies and did their own studies. They found that in the early years, up to somewhere around ages 8 to 10, it is best for children to be at home in a loving and supportive environment. They found that children who are kept home until they are ready for school quickly catch up with the early starters.

One of the main points is children can't effectively learn until they are developmentally ready. The book explores readiness issues dealing with eye sight, hearing, coordination, ability to focus, emotional stability, and others. Once children have hit a certain level, then their ability to learn is amazing. The book explores some of the problems that can happen when a child is forced to learn before they are ready.

Another main point in the book is how the home is the best place for young children. It is acknowledged that in some situations, like a working single parent, a child may need to be put in preschool, but that the optimal environment is a home where the child feels secure and is free to develop at his own pace. They are free to make mistakes without 25 other students making fun of them. They feel loved.
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93 of 95 people found the following review helpful By Shirin Schneider on April 14, 2000
Format: Paperback
Though based on research from the 60's and 70's, I found this book invaluable. The addendum makes note that current research only confirms the earlier studies. Essentially, the first half of the book provides numerous arguments to support that children need nurturing loving homes first and foremost. It over and over again contends that formal education is better left until age 8-10. The research and arguments are vast. Resources are plentiful and convincing. Everything makes sense to me, a former educator, who is currently raising children of my own. The research provides a firm foundation regarding my choices for my children. The second half of the book is merely developmental ideas, but sound opinion nonetheless.
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43 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Bugs Mama on May 30, 2007
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Even if you haven't considered homeschooling before, I believe all parents will find some valuable information in this book.

Moore was able to capture exactly what I feel in my heart about child development and schooling. Separation anxiety, peer socialization (no that's not a good thing) and the constant labeling of 'problem students' stemming from the core concept that children are just not ready for formal schooling at the age that we push them out the door in our society. Although the book was written a generation or two ago the problems he outlined are even truer today that ever before. There is enough meat here (resources) to give validation without being cumbersome to read.

If you are even considering homeschooling your family (especially those looking to hs from the start) this book will probably be your selling point and a great resource to hand to doubting relatives (your spouse maybe?).

BUT this isn't really a book about homeschooling, it is about child development and I do think all parents could benefit from reading it.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Candace Mike N Elmo on July 31, 2009
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I read this way back in 1980 and immediately became the only homeschooler in my city and the 3rd in NY state!!
I wound up meeting Dr. Moore and the early pioneers of Homeschooling...we were not all that many...and as people began to see the children and the families who listened to the Moores, homeschooling took off like a widfire.

DR.Moore has the experience and knowledge and he is CORRECT in all of his observations. I began to do things my way and let me tell you , I went back to Dr. Moores way.

Both of my kids have done extremely well and we are very close
My son owns his own business,

my daughter has done everything from TV shows to working w/ the disabled..she has several degrees.

While this book does not tell you hOW to Homeschool per se ..it lays the foundations for raisning confident, intelligent children with excellent character and I believe caring parents will gobble this classic up ....especially when you look at what is going on around you
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 9, 2000
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As I searched for books, for personal use, on early education I encountered this one, Better Late than Early. It carefuly and in an easy to read format explains the positive influences that delaying school entrance age to after 8 years. The first part covers the details concerning the state laws regarding school entrance requirement. And the second part guides you to the developmental stages of infancy, what to expect and how to provide, at home, proper stimulation for optimal skill development. An excellent book for those willing to go the extra mile to provide their children with an education begining at home!
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