I requested this book on the recomendation of many parents as part of my homeschooling decision process. Sigh, it just doesnt work for me. I agree with many of the ideas within the book, but I found it virtually impossible to remove their strong christian view from the "facts." Also, much of the early part of the book is devoted to the "correct" way to parent an infant, and their philosophies of scheduling and what I determin to be neglecting infants needs are in direct conflict with my gentle and more attachment style parenting. In the end I finally decided I would not finish the book because I disagreend with so much of the content; I found it hard to give much relevent weight to the information provided when I had to dissregard so much.
I really enjoyed this book. It's great for a new homeschool mom. I found one sentence (or parts of a paragraph) that was highlighted.
This is a great introduction to the Moore Formula. Let's you see what education means for the younger years using this approach to teaching.
Do you want to really enjoy your child? do iou want him or her to have the best possible teacher and go to the best possible school? According to Raymond and Dorothy Moore, that teacher is you, the parent and that school can be your home. they have prepared this influential boook to show how, by using the everyday resourses and experiences of your own home environment, you can truly enjoy your child and give him or her a wholesome first class education that neither stifles creativity nor hampers character development. The Moores believe that many educational problesm as well as potentially severe damage to family moral and spiritual values, can arise from too much formal school too soon. In Home Grown Kids they present well documented evidence for these conclusions and they urge parents to consider the option of home teaching, especially in the early years. At the sme time, they know that many papents must relay on child care and education outside the home, and insted of guilt trips they offer practical suggestions for supplementing a formal school program.
Older book, may be out of pring. Still timely for todays homeschoolers or parents.
A Practical Handbook for Teaching Your Children at Home--by the author who practically "began" the modern homeschool movement. (Or at least the first who wrote about it and gave parents hope.)
A Practical Handbook for Teaching your Children at Home
Do you want to really enjoy your child? Do you want him or her to have the best possible teacher and go to the best possible school? According to Raymond and Dorothy Moore, that teacher is you, the parent, and that school can be your home. They have prepared this influential book to show how, by using everyday resources and experiences of your own home environment, you can truly enjoy your child and give him or her a wholesome, first-class education that neither stifles creativity nor hampers character development.
In reading the book Home Grown Kids I can see some of the wisdom they teach in more contemporary writings on parenting and homeschooling. Yes some of their breastfeeding and general information about digestion are outdated but not much else is. The section about each age is very helpful as it is based upon research not personal opinion and really breaks down what a child is capable of and what is beyond them for now. It only covers up to age nine however. There are true gems of wisdom in here not found many other places. The home education parts remind me of very relaxed homeschooling. The most heavy handed part is about how children really need their mothers at home mothering them especially if the parents desire their values and worldview passed on successfully. Christian yes but quietly so. I found it a balanced book in a land of extremes.
Excellent book. Full of common sense. Recommend for parents of infants and young children as it deals with the early years.