Better Late Than Early; A New Approach to Your Child’s Education by Raymond S. Moor and Dorothy N. Moore was one of the first books I ever read about homeschooling. I purchased and read it over twenty years ago, and I still have the tattered book with many of my favorite passages highlighted.
Books such as Better Late Than Early encouraged me when many of my friend’s children were beginning school early and following a very different path than we had chosen. As I’m thumbing through it again, I realize that the information remains relevant today and I wanted to share some snippets as encouragement.
During the first crucial eight years, home should be the child’s only nest and parents the teachers for their children. These are the years when the child requires affection and emotional security more than learning skills, when he should be able to get ready for life unfettered by school rules. – page 3
This statement was particularly helpful to me when friends were critical of our choice to educate at home:
It is time to look at the facts instead of at the neighbors. Just because “everyone is doing ” it,” does not mean that “it” is safe or good or secure for children. – page 7
I also recall reading , Without professional training, simply by being herself, a concerned, loving mother usually can do more for her normal child than a teach can. Parents should, of course, be willing to learn news ideas. But a mother need not be a trained teacher, nor does she need to teach in any formal way. By using the framework of every day home activities in a practical way, she can help her children learn as much as possible about the things around him.
If you are just starting out, or maybe in the midst of a challenge, trust your heart, your instincts and most importantly, trust your children. My boys are both in college now and I wouldn’t trade a minute of memories we shared while homeschooling. Those precious first eight years the Moore’s wrote about nesting are irreplaceable, and for us, late really was better than early.