"Do not be played for chumps,"Anthony Esolen advises the school starters in this Crisis essay, "Quality Education is Not Rocket Science." Get pre-1950 textbooks, read the 1000 Good Books, memorize math facts. . .
On the Circe blog, a homeschool mom writes about facing her own intellectual inadequacy and determining to go "all in" with G. K. Chesterton, even creating an online community, Weekends with Chesterton, for accountability and friends to "join arms with".
Andrew Pudewa, founder and director of the Institute for Excellence in Writing, relates a message of hope to parents of boys who can't sit still to learn and don't read until later. His son did not read a book until he was nearly twelve years old.