5 thoughts on “The Successful Homeschool Family Handbook

  1. To me, this book is a dated advertisement for the Moore Formula curriculum and support business than a book of helpful information for the homeschooling family. I don’t like the negative approach to other systems and the discussion of their philosophies and systems are merely teasers or testimonials and lack any helpful how-to discussion. The one exception are the chapters written by Dorothy in which she describes how she homeschooled her children. I found these passages to be truly helpful in s

  2. While I agree with the authors’ idea that children need to have the freedom to learn at their own pace, I dislike how they automatically assume that everyone who teaches their children how to read and write etc., earlier than the age of 7 or 8, will be forcing them to sit still in desks all day, listening to lectures. This is simply not the case. There are MANY, many children who learn these basics very early in life, without being subjected to rigid rules and restrictions. Please give parents s

  3. Nintey percent of this book seemed to be trying to talk me into homeschooling. Well, I’ve already decided. Move on, already. In fact, why DID they title it a ‘handbook’? Almost no hands-on, helpful ideas. Mostly it was guilt-inducing stories about parents who have their kids in public schools, and don’t have clutter-free homes (“there is no excuse for a messy, cluttered home.” Whaaat??! How about the excuse that I’m homeschooling??!)

  4. The title is slightly arrogant and misleading. Does not read like a handbook. However, I did take away some good things from this book:

    1. Reinforces the idea that learning in your child is taking place all the time, not just when you’re doing something that looks “schoolish”. This is something I need to be reminded of since I went to public school my whole life and became a teacher.

    2. I liked reading the varied stories of what homeschooling looked like for different families.

    3. Seemed to encour

  5. A very handy handbook indeed! 🙂

    It was a bit repetitive, but I think a mark of its success was that it took me from feeling unsure and lost (but determined), to self-assured and comfortable with designing my own way of educating my child. The Moores provide not just ideology, but studies and references to back up their teachings, as well as lots of answers to common questions, such as how to prepare for college applications, and the omnipresent but amazingly inane (my phrasing, not theirs) “but

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