- 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: 19 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #167,976 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Better Late Than Early: A New Approach to Your Child's Education Paperback – August, 1989
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"Moore brings a wealth of evidence from a wide variety of sources to indicate that early schooling, although promoting (perhaps) earlier cognitive organization, introduces a host of fateful "iatrogenic"- disturbances. Our knowledge of maturation, development, developmental stages, and critical developmental periods for the human, all support Moore's basic thesis... Of what value is the educational process, if the very process, when prematurely introduced within the unfolding epigenetic filed, distorts the developing psychic structure so as to interfere with future education, and learning to live and learning to love, let alone learning to learn. This is an important book for parents and for professionals. It warns, it offers alternatives, and it never loses sight of its main focus, the health, happiness and 'fundamental education' for our children" -David R. Metcalf, M.D.
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As a mother of two girls with special needs, I have been waffling for over a year as to whether or not homeschooling would be a feasible option for our family. "Better Late Than Early" sealed the deal for me and solved any qualms I had about homeschooling. Now I realize that early childhood is best spent exploring in nature, bonding with mom and dad in a stable home environment, and other natural exploration rather than the tedium of reading, writing, and math.
As a former educator, I also highly value academic achievement, but "Better Late Than Early" demonstrated strong support as to why it's harmful to force young children into early reading skills. Now I know that academics will come for my kids, perhaps earlier or later than their developmental peers. No matter, this book has been a solid influence on my understanding of why early childhood education is flawed and how my family can best care for our girls until they have reached their integrated maturity level.
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. One of the problems with sending children off to preschool is how many of them feel rejected by their parents.
The second half of the book covers various age ranges and gives insight on what is happening to children at this age and advice on how parents can best support and help their children.
This book is well written. There is a ton of good information in it. If you are interested in how best to help a young child, this is a good book to read.
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