Home Grown Kids Become Organically Homeschooled

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As a young parent of a six-month-old, our local library carried several books on homeschooling. Four volumes of Mary Pride’s Big Book of Home Learning, which I read cover-to-cover, a book by Chris Klicka on why you should homeschool, and Home Grown Kids: A Practical Handbook for Teaching Your Children at Home by Raymond and Dorothy Moore. This guidebook addresses practical parenting from birth to age nine.

I studied this manual, reading it over and over, until I finally purchased my own personal copy and filled it with highlighting, underlining, and notes in the margin. Eventually I lent out my copy and lost it. A few years ago, just before we started Organic Homeschooling, I wracked my brain, trying to remember several of the activities and finally purchased a new copy.

It is fun to go back after seventeen years and read a book that was so influential. There are a few things that I chuckle at, and I don’t agree with everything. (As a mom of ten, I wouldn’t dare offer a definitive opinion on the demand-fed v. scheduled feeding debate!) Some of the health-related items that I thought were a little strange years ago have been proven now, others not. I enjoy reading old, at least older, books and finding out what was “common sense” at the time.

What has not become outdated are many of the suggested activities for providing a child with a stimulating environment. Also the emphasis on waiting for maturation before introducing formal studies are as valid today as then, perhaps more so, with the push within homeschooling circles for academic “excellence.”

I hope you won’t mind if I share a few tidbits from this gem over the next few days.

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