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The Successful Homeschool Family Handbook

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  429 ratings  ·  29 reviews
If you are thinking about homeschooling, or are struggling with a educational homeschooling curriculum that is difficult to use, let Dr. Ray and Dorothy Moore show you how to make homeschooling an easy-to-live-with family adventure in learning. This low-stress, low-cost program shows you how to build a curriculum around your child's needs and interests - and around a ...more
Paperback, Large Print, 324 pages
Published March 7th 1994 by Thomas Nelson
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Aug 01, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: homeschool
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 ...more
Oct 25, 2010 rated it did not like it
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 ...more
Jul 22, 2010 rated it did not like it
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??!)

Jun 22, 2012 rated it liked it

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
Shauna Perez
Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A very pragmatic approach to homeschooling, this book helped me not to get on the "school at home" model when I began homeschooling my oldest. Been at it for 15 years, with seven children ages 23-8. I can tell you, the more I have conformed to what everyone else does, the more I realize how wonderful his advice is. If only my kids were not aiming for doing athletics in college, I would probably try to continue a more relaxed, child-led approach through high school. Pulling my hair out with three ...more
Sarah Brown
Dec 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book has been so helpful to me in homeschooling my children! This is one of the best books on homeschooling I have read, and I have read more than I can count.
Michael Fitzgerald
Aug 25, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: another
Somewhat more about education than Home Grown Kids, but still seems to be skirting the issue of what kids are being taught. Too much of their same story (better late than early).
Jun 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: parenting, education
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
Joni Heredia
Jul 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I picked this up off the shelf when I was having an emotional reaction to having just taken my son out of school, and I read it to calm myslef down. It worked. Since we have been semi homeschooling forever, I wasn't looking for details, I was looking for handholding. I read it over the weekend and it helped me get inspired and excited about homeschooling again. My children only went away to school two days a week, but pulling them completely out was still a big step. At least the Moores and I ...more
Nov 07, 2008 rated it really liked it
I like this book because it has a lot of stories in it about homeschooling families. And also because the authors (husband and wife) have conducted countless studies on how children learn, when they learn best, why they learn best, etc. It's a good read for any homeschooling family.
Aug 18, 2009 rated it it was ok
Borrowed from library - some good points - most I've already decided upon for our homeschool experience. A bit too much religious conservatism.
Apr 12, 2014 rated it it was ok
649.68 MOO
My review -christian based education.

p6 What is the best education? ..Teachers should following more closely the parent model in (1)responding warmly to their students; (2) providing a consistent model of good values...(3)teaching only tasks for which the child is ready (4)encouraging children to explore their own interesting and to work out their own imaginations... The close public, private, ...schools get to this model...-the brighter and better behaved their school children will
Erica Drum
Dec 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Some good tips about homeschooling. I'm new to homeschool this year with my 4 kids. I didn't want to do distance learning. Some what repetitive book. They had a ton of scientific based stuff on children's behavior I had never heard before.
Celeste Batchelor
Nov 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
I finally finished this book. I was very impressed with the first part of the book which discusses the need for parents to find stress-free ways to educate at home. It is very complimentary to my homeschooling method, Leadership Education, or sometimes called Thomas Jefferson Education (TJED).

I was not as impressed with the success stories placed in the middle to the end of the book. I know there are lots of examples of super-successful home educated students who end up with full-ride
Sep 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Though dated, this is one of the best books on homeschooling that I've read, and I'd recommend it to anybody who has the slightest curiosity about the practice. Dr. Raymond Moore was an accomplished researcher in the field of Education, so this book is well populated with summaries of research studies extending back several decades, in some cases. The chapters are concise and well reasoned, and many statements are footnoted so one can refer to the backing evidence. The homeschooling method that ...more
Nov 16, 2009 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no-one
Shelves: education, parenting
I found this book to be almost completely unhelpful. I was waiting throughout for the "Moore Formula" to be explained, but instead waded through pages of shameless self-promotion, followed by what essentially amount to customer reviews, without the Moore's programme ever clearly being outlined at all. I had heard great things about the Moore's prior to reading this book, but came away sorely disappointed at the complete lack of help in it.

Would not recommend this self-indulgent piece of
Sep 24, 2010 rated it liked it
"Randomly" picked this up off the library shelf and read it over the past week. Turned out to be exactly what I needed to give me guidance as I was seeking wisdom for how to handle a few school-related challenges. Love how God can use "random" things to answer prayer!
Sep 08, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: education-theory
A little outdated, and reads like a big advertisement for the Moore family home style education products, but VERY helpful for me starting out on this journey. Ultimately, I am grateful for the general teachings on teaching in this book.
Jul 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: educational, owned
Life-changing... this book challenged all my ideas of what school "should" be.
Sep 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
I found the book informative but some of the language was a bit old school for me. It is also based on American HS but still the stories from veteran homeschoolers were very encouraging.
Tammieandjosh Bridson
May 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
great book! I enjoyed hearing all the examples. I look forward to reading their other books!
Feb 25, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: homeschool
This is a hodge-podge of ideas, presented as scientifically based education research - there are so many excellent homeschooling books, skip this one.
Apr 26, 2014 marked it as to-read
Jennifer Buczynski
Oct 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: homeschooling
read october 2016 and also August 2019. 3 stars the second time around....
Krystal Racca
Jan 12, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: not-so-much
Not my favorite homeschooling book.
Oct 14, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone considering or is actively homeschooling
A must read for anyone that is considering or is currently homeschooling. The Moores have a wonderful point of view on homeschooling.
Jun 23, 2010 rated it liked it
Loved the concepts in the book, but already follow many of them, so it was a bit dull for me. A great "first homeschooler's" book.
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Dr. Raymond S. Moore, author of Better Late than Early, the book that launched the modern homeschooling movement in the United States, passed away on July 13, 2007, at the age of 91.
Moores book grew out of an article first published in Harpers in 1972, at the time when California was considering a law to make school compulsory for children as young as 2 years, 9 months. The article was

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