I’ve done a College by 12 review of the updated Harding Family ebook currently available for purchase online. Homeschool families have likely heard of Mona Lisa and Kip Harding. They are homeschool parents well known in their circles for sending six of their 10 kids to college by 12. Their ebook is written to encourage homeschool families in accelerating their children’s educations.
Healthy Family was in contact with Mona Lisa about doing a College by 12 review. Mona Lisa is a stay at home mom with unique homeschool techniques. She and her husband Kip graciously offered to send a complimentary copy of their book for a College by 12 review. Mona Lisa and Kip are still homeschooling their youngest 4 children, so their story isn’t finished yet. This was evident in my College by 12 review process.
All the older Harding children started college by age 12. Most obtained a bachelor’s degree before 18. They are leading their adult lives now. One’s already married. The crew includes an architect, a graduating medical student (this May), a musician, a mathematician, and a graduate student in computer science. In my College by 12 review reading I discovered what makes the Harding family tick.
Take a look at the high achieving homeschool family:
Remarkably, the Harding’s oldest child isn’t quite 25 years old yet.
That’s quite an academic success rate. It sounds like a family of achievers with high IQs.
Mona Lisa says otherwise in the College by 12 ebook:
We have all seen those “genius” kids who are in college very young. We have found that very often they are an only child or have parents with doctoral degrees. Of course, this is a wonderful thing for them. But, many of us average folks may not have been able to “relate” to their stories. We are so excited to be sharing our story because we believe you WILL be able to relate to us. Further, you will see that with God’s leading, you can greatly accelerate your homeschooling.
Mona Lisa and her crew created this ebook for the curious. My College by 12 review considers this. The ebook comes in two parts. The first was published in 2008. Part 2 was penned in the three years following and includes essays from the kids. It has more complete biographical information. College by 12 part 2 captures a more personal tone. It doesn’t exactly start where part 1 leaves off. Part two fills in the gaps for a more detailed story, somewhat out of order.
College by 12 Review from an Editor’s Perspective
From a literary perspective the book is really nothing more than a rough draft. Folks interested in reading it have to realize that it’s a work in progress being completed in bits and pieces. It’s not yet a real book. College by 12 is only available for download as a PDF file from the Hardings’ website. In my College by 12 review I discovered it lacks a table of contents, index, proper book formatting, and in most cases transitional flow.
My College by 12 review editorial side believes the book needs work. I don’t think a lack of finesse is going to bother the Hardings’ target audience one bit, though. And that’s completely okay with me.
I understand the Hardings are quite busy these days. It’s obvious their college by 12 legacy isn’t over yet. There are 4 more kids in their homeschool program still under 12. Mona Lisa promises formal editing and future publishing of her book: College by 12. And that’s going to happen at a later date. Curious onlookers serious about accelerated homeschooling should consider buying the $20 College by 12 ebook. It offers a rough idea about how they’ve done it. The book is more than just a how-to on accelerated homeschooling. It’s also a testimony for their strong Christian beliefs and lifestyle.
College by 12 Review from an Educator’s Perspective
If you’re looking for a syllabus, sample lesson plans, or a specific curriculum plan you won’t find that in College by 12. You will get an ongoing glimpse into their lives from several perspectives. College by 12 is a series of short essays, experiences, stories, photos, and pieces of advice by Mona Lisa, Kip, and their older kids. You’ll learn about their strong Christian faith and how it shapes their family values. You’ll also vicariously experience how they manage the house, motivate their kids, and organize those various educational paths. You’ll hear what homeschool life is like from the perspective of the Harding kids, too.
Mona Lisa also offers families advice on how to navigate college entrance exams, community college enrollment, extracurricular activities, and socialization.
The Hardings do their best to dispel common homeschool myths in College by 12.
Mona Lisa says in College by 12:
They have high GPA’s but this is a sign of good study habits and lots of hard work. I mentioned earlier that our oldest had to go to the tutoring center all through her undergrad years. Our third daughter always studies and gets help from fellow classmates. People think that it must be genetics. But, what are the chances that four of our kids have “genius genes”?
They candidly reveal their controversial views on their Christian faith and education without apology. If you are currently homeschooling or thinking about it, this ebook may give you a glimpse into the style and philosophy Mona Lisa and Kip use in educating their 10 kids.
Mona Lisa says they homeschool to avoid constant repetition:
There is a lot of “dumbing down” going on in American schools as James Taylor Gatto explained in one of his books. Kids are not allowed to learn at their own pace in public and most private schools. Many kids get bored in school because the teacher has to teach to the middle of the class. She cannot move forward with the kids that are ready to move on and she does not have time to really help the kids who are falling behind.
Faith also plays a huge role in their decision to homeschool. The Hardings are staunch opponents of secular science classes teaching evolution exclusively. They believe in intelligent design and the need for closely raising your children.
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