I read an e-book a while back titled, “College By Twelve: The Harding Family True Story.” I don’t agree with everything in this book, but I sure like their idea of accelerated homeschooling!
The Harding Family has ten children. They homeschol and their oldest six children have started college by age 12. They start with just 1-2 entry-level classes. They take their SAT’s/ ACT’s around age 11 or so, and they take it as many times as they need to in order to get a high score for college entry.
Their first son started his Algebra 1 book at age 7.
“Their 12-year-old, Seth, attends Faulkner University and is studying the Middle Ages.”
“The four oldest Harding children have all graduated from college and are pursuing lucrative careers.”
“Heath Harding, now 17, was the youngest student ever to graduate from Huntingdon College. He graduated at 15 went on to obtain a master’s degree in computer science.”
“His sister Serennah, 22, is the youngest female physician in the U.S., and is pursuing a career as a Navy doctor.”
“Rosannah, 20, has been working as an architect since she was 18. She credits homeschooling and studying on her own for her success.”
“We just [studied] at our own pace,” she told reporters. “Rather than a class of 30, we were a class of three. So, we each did it at our own pace and we just accelerated.”
“His sister Hannah, 25, is now designing spacecraft as a mechanical engineer and holds two masters degrees, in math and computer science.”
Their father, Kip Harding, says “It’s not genes. All children are a national treasure, and all parents can do this.” He believes if you just love on your children well and let them excel, they will.
Accelerated homeschool isn’t for just a select few, it can be an option for most children!
“It’s funny how we give ourselves permission to try something new once we have heard an “expert’s” opinion encouraging us to do so.” Kip had heard of another family that starts Algebra at age 10 and a light bulb went off. Why can’t my children start Algebra whenever they’re ready, why does there have to be an age attached to their grade level?
Public schools are more concerned with age limits than they are academic ability. You don’t have to follow their methods and ideas! In fact, you probably shouldn’t!
Some of the Harding Family methods:
-Love BIG. Nurture your children well.
-Focus on character.
-Start each day with Bible first.
-Next do math.
-Write every single day. You can correct your child’s grammar and spelling as you go.
-Have your child read every single day. Read history, science, biographies, and anything else of interest that is wholesome.
Well, my lightbulb went off also after reading their book. Why does my 6-year-old have to do first grade math? So I started teaching him new things and before long, first grade math was too easy for him. We cruised through second grade math in no time. Now, still 6 years old, he’s in 3rd grade math books. Why hold your child back? If they’re ready to learn more, GO FOR IT!!
I got interrupted from typing this post by my 1-year-old needing to be put on the potty. Reminds me… Why wait for some magical age to put your child on the potty for the first time ever? Start when they’re a newborn and it will never be foreign to them. They’ll be completely potty trained in their own time. 🙂