- 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: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,192 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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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.Read more ›
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.
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
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent!!!! Our culture tells us to send our children away sooner, after reading this book, we pulled all kids out of school and gave them some time to learn from mommy at home. Read morePublished 3 months ago by statussymbol
Not only was this book excellently written, but the author provides peer-reviewed evidence to substantiate his premise - that children should not be forced into academic learning... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jeannie
An interesting read. Especially for parents of kids with learning difficulties.Published 14 months ago by Christine Sours
Books by the Moore's are a staple for any homeschooler's library!Published 24 months ago by Valerie McDaniel
I wish all parents would have the chance to read this book before deciding to send their kids to day care or school. Read morePublished on September 14, 2013 by rosamccormick
i like this book because it offers an alternative view to "early childhood education" - a philosophy that is being pushed hard at all parents and teachers today. Read morePublished on March 23, 2013 by Karin
I was really looking forward to reading this book because I agree with the premise but needed some practical suggestions on how to raise my children apart from mainstream... Read morePublished on October 13, 2009 by ShopperMom5