The Brainy Bunch

The Brainy Bunch

The Harding Family's Method to College Ready by Age Twelve

Book - 2014
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Two parents share the extraordinary and inspirational story of how they sent six of their ten children to college by the age of twelve--and how any parent can achieve the same amazing success.
Publisher: New York : Gallery Books, 2014.
Edition: First Gallery Books hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781476759340
Characteristics: xviii, 222 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Harding, Mona Lisa


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Jan 24, 2019

If you're researching how to begin to homeschool, there are much better books for that topic. However, if you're interested in sending your children to college at a very young age, then this is the book for you.
I was hoping for more of an explanation of why they do this than the how, which was:
-school year-round
-take the ACT as 8
-take your low score and apply to colleges
This book mostly covered their story and what their children's college progression was like.

Jul 14, 2014

I found this family's story very encouraging and inspiring. I found myself taking notes and believing I could succeed at homeschooling with my husband. I appreciate that they are very open about their faith, methods, beliefs, values and mistakes, even where I didn't agree. I felt at times that the picture is presented a little too rosy, but I also suspect that these parents are eternal optimists!

A few critiques: my husband was put off by the simplistic writing, and we both noticed grammatical errors. I think the plain-talking style was something of a technique though, to keep the material approachable and relatable. I had to laugh about quaint things, like referring to "Disney's Prince and the Pauper," not Mark Twain's. A good editor should have caught those things. In all though, this hard-working family has accomplished unique, admirable achievements and this book is a good jumping-off point if one is considering applying these methods.

Jun 17, 2014

I loved reading about an ordinary family with ordinary kids doing extraordinary things. At first when I heard their kids started college at the age of 12 I thought that was crazy. But after reading this book, I see how doable it really is. My college classes weren't any harder than my high school classes, just more specialized. And if you're interested in learning something, you're more likely to retain it and progress better than just being bored in forced high school classes. Loved seeing how doable this plan really is.


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Jun 17, 2014

Knowledge which is acquired under compulsion has no hold on the mind. Therefore, do not use compulsion but let early education be a sort of amusement; you will then be better able to discover the child's natural bent. - Plato


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