The word "education" means more than a course study at college. Education begins with the infant in its mother's arms. While the mother is holding and fashioning the character of her children, she is educating them. Good Health, July 1880.
Parents send their children to school; and when they have done this, they think they have educated them. But education is a matter of greater breadth than many realize: it comprises the whole process by which the child is instructed from babyhood to childhood, from childhood to youth and from youth to manhood. As soon as a child is capable of forming an idea, his education should begin. Review Herald, June 27, 1899.
Start When the Mind Is Most Impressible.
The work of education and training should commence with the babyhood of the child; for then the mind is the most impressible, and the lessons given are remembered. Letter 1, 1877.
Children should virtually be trained in the home school from the cradle to maturity. And, as in the case of any well-regulated school, the teachers themselves gain important knowledge; the mother especially, who is the principal teacher in the home, should there learn the most valuable lessons of her life. Pacific Health Journal, May 1890.
It is a parent's duty to speak right words...Day by day parents should learn in the school of Christ lessons from One that loves them. Then the story of God's everlasting love will be repeated in the home school to the tender flock. Thus, before reason is fully developed, children may catch a right spirit from their parents. Manuscript 84, 1897.
Child Guidance by Ellen G. White pg.26-27