It was our pediatrician that first introduced us to Dr. Raymond and Dorothy Moore as pioneers of the home schooling movement. I remember that day vividly, because it was a turning point in our lives.
While Dr. Powell examined our two-week-old son, he asked our daughter, who had just turned two, to tell him about the book she was “reading.” She did just that, jabbering excitedly about each picture in her little book, giving a good summary of the story.
Before we left his office, the doctor mentioned that he and his were teaching their three children. He also said he sensed that we spent a good deal of time reading to our little girl.
“Have you folks ever heard of home schooling?”
We had not, but it sounded appealing. For the next 15 minutes, he explained the basis of homeschooling and answered our questions. When we left his office that day, we had a list of recommended book titles.
“Home Grown Kids,” by Dr. Raymond and Dorothy Moore, was the first book we bought and devoured. A few days later, Dr. Powell, his wife and three young children came over for supper. We were impressed with their children’s behavior and intelligence and much of the evening was spent talking about home schooling.
Before they left, they offered to loan us two other books they’d brought along: “Home Style Teaching” and “Better Late than Early,” both written by Dr. and Mrs. Moore. I read them both within a week before returning them to his office.
Dr. Raymond Moore (a child developmental psychologist) and his wife Dorothy (a reading specialist), write from the heart. After spending 30 years in the public school system, they share their concern with how so many children in public schools were “falling through the cracks.”
Dr. Raymond and Dorothy Moore made a personal decision that made little sense to their peers – they gave up their jobs in the public education system. Back at home, they taught their own children and began writing about tried-and-true foundational principles that work in education.
“Home-Style Teaching” shares the stories of parents who followed the Moore’s common-sense methods of teaching children. With less pressure and more one-on-one tutoring, these parents saw their once-struggling children begin to bloom and exceed academic expectations.
As we left our pediatrician’s office that day, I couldn’t help remembering a statement he’d made: “You folks seem like good candidates for homeschooling.”
I’m glad he took time to tell us. I’m glad we listened. We only intended to teach our daughter and her brother for a few years before putting them in public school. As they progressed and exceeded our expectations, we decided, instead, to continue our efforts. After all, “if it ain’t broke, there’s no need to fix it.”
Our home school journey lasted 18 years. Our daughter graduated with honors from college and went on to graduate school to earn her Master of Music degree. Her brother studied political science before serving with the U.S. Marines after America was attacked in 2001. He has returned to college to take up where he left off and is doing well.
Our third child another son excelled in science and technology and also served with the U.S. Marines as a radio operator. He is now an established computer technician with a mind for programming and design.
Thanks to the Moore’s excellent home school legacy and their helpful publications, we found the information and assistance we needed to launch our own home school. In our opinion, their legacy as pioneers of America’s home school movement is unmatched.