Homeschooling styles and methods: Delayed instruction

Delayed Instruction

Parents who use the delayed instruction approach to homeschooling introduce the formal aspects of education when the child is typically older than the usual formal schooling age.   Some parents wait until the children are eight or nine years old, while some may wait until ten or twelve.

Waldorf, Montessori and Charlotte Mason schooling, the work of the Moore Academy, and the school practices of the country of Finland[1] all share aspects of delayed instruction in their approaches to educating children.


Much Too Early!, Dr. David Elkind
Understanding brain development and early learning, Bruce Murray
Educational Media for Babies, Toddlers and Pre-schoolers Have Questionable Value, 14 December 2005 (scroll down)

Books by Dr. David Elkind:
Miseducation: Preschoolers at Risk
The Hurried Child 
All Grown Up And No Place To Go: Teenagers In Crisis

Books by Dr. Raymond and Dorothy Moore:
Better Late Than Early: A New Approach to Your Child’s Education 
Home Grown Kids 
Home Spun Schools  
Home-Style Teaching:  A Handbook for Parents and Teachers 
The Successful Homeschool Family Handbook 

June Oberlander:
Slow and Steady Get Me Ready  


[1] What Makes Finnish Kids So Smart?  Ellen Gamerman, The Wall Street Journal, 29 February 2008


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