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Home education has been the #1 type of education for young children for the entire history of mankind. It has been #1 for the early education of many of the greatest people in history, in the humblest of homes, for the children of kings and queens, and for everyone in between. The U.S. Department of Education states that "Parents are a child's first and most important teachers."* In the USA, government mandated mass instruction is a relatively recent development -- less than 200 years old.
Our public education system has become a bureaucratic industry that dictates to parents. Even though there are many good and well-intended public school teachers, the system is harmful to many children and parents. It separates families and undermines parents' authority and their confidence to educate their children.
Modern homeschooling is a better option for many families.
Homeschooling is the ultimate in school choice. By connecting with experienced homeschoolers you can find at least one of many different methods that will be best for you and your child. Even in small towns, like North Pole, Alaska, you can find other homeschoolers who can give you information and support.
There are many fun, educational and character building activities you and your child can do. Early years should be filled with new experiences, new information, and learning basic skills. It should be about character development as well as learning to read, write and understand basic math. Taking that approach with a young child can lay a strong foundation for your child to become an adult of good character with a lifelong love for reading and learning.
Young children need very little formal curriculum. Most formal curriculum is designed so one adult can manage a large group of same-age students in public or private school classrooms while trying to get some teaching done. What is taught is limited in scope and depth, such as the list of topics for 'Core Curriculum'.
To make the most of home education, parents need to learn alternatives to the one-size-fits-all classroom methods. But what can parents do? And what should parents do? These videos can help you have a strong start to establish your own sane and successful homeschool.
Why these Videos are
From 1991 to 2000 we developed and produced the wonderful Florida Homeschool Convention. Tens of thousands of homeschool families attended those events, but most homeschoolers never got to see and hear some of the best and most popular United States' homeschool experts. That motivated us to produce these videos.
Most of these videos are the only existing early education presentations by these people. That is true of the interviews with Dr. Ruth Beechick and with Dr. Raymond and Dorothy Moore, three of the "Grandparents of the modern homeschool movement". They share their timeless wisdom about the best ways to educate young children.
Our homeschool experts donated their time and paid their own travel expenses. We funded much of the project and many friends also wrote checks to help produce the videos.
We are grateful for all of the good people who contributed their expertise, time and money to make this unique series possible.
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* "Parents are a child's first and most important teachers."
U.S. Department of Education Report, November 1992, revised 2002 and 2005