- Gebundene Ausgabe: 240 Seiten
- Verlag: Gallery Books (6. Mai 2014)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1476759340
- ISBN-13: 978-1476759340
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,2 x 2,5 x 22,9 cm
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- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 525.636 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
The Brainy Bunch: The Harding Family's Method to College Ready by Age Twelve (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 6. Mai 2014
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"Never judgmental and not without humor, the [Hardings] intersperse their story with strategies and advice...this fascinating read transcends the Christian homeschool market. Written in an engaging and relaxed style, the book tells how all 12 Hardings have accomplished much, and their account is inspirational and uplifting." (Library Journal)
"Motivated by their Christian faith and dissatisfaction with the lack of personal attention children receive in the classroom...the Hardings chose to homeschool their children -- all 10 of them. [T]he work ethic and family bonding are impressive, as are the children's career successes." (Publishers Weekly)
"Through home schooling, the Hardings were able to attain [their] goals and much more, as evidenced by the success of their children...the methods defined here could work for others willing to buck convention." (Kirkus)
"[T]he Hardings' story is very much one of putting love and family first. They are not pushing their children to overachieve -- they are helping them to find their own unique potential." (BookPage)
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Kitchener (Kip) Harding and Mona Lisa Montoya were high school sweethearts in San Jose, California. Kip asked Mona Lisa to the prom and proposed a few weeks later. After four kids, they decided to turn to homeschooling, and their success paved the way for their children to start college by the age of twelve and go on to great careers in medicine, engineering, architecture, and more. They have been interviewed on CNN, the Today show, and Fox and Friends; featured in The Daily Mail; and covered in several prominent magazines. They live in Montgomery, Alabama, with their ten children.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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There is no rule book or standards for homeschooling. People looking for such a thing are on a fools errand, and perhaps missing the point of homeschooling completely. The best homeschooling path involves the parents seeking out the best quality instructional materials and resources, and using them. If something doesn’t work, try something else, just as they explained in the book. One example: the Brainy Bunch used Editor in Chief, which for intellectual homeschoolers is one of those “gems”. Every homeschooler knows that for math, Saxon and Singapore are the best. There are other gems in every category, and have been reviewed in full on Cathy Duffy’s website. This book does not go there, and doesn’t need to because these resources are documented elsewhere.
Instead, the Hardings provide a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the method they iterated over the years to work for their own family. It’s enormously useful in that sense. Young homeschooling families can learn the pitfalls of trying to replicate “school”, what the challenges of homeschooling are, that working parents can homeschool too, and how to hack education so that real learning happens.
I can understand the reviewers who were digging for concrete, specific details about their routine and were disappointed. These details are there, but they exist sporadically, rather than a bulleted list or some other digestible format. Therefore, it’s important to read this book thoroughly. Take your time. Have the internet ready to look up resources.
For all of those who are outraged over their references to religion and becoming a stay-at-home mom, read the book as if you are studying someone else’s culture. Yes, it’s different from yours. Intelligent people don’t get offended. It’s not fair to judge the Hardings for their religious slant or views on feminism. They aren’t stealing; they aren’t hurting anyone. They are raising honest, smart kids who are adding value to our society. Think about it; these people aren’t the enemy.
This really is a interesting read! I enjoyed the children's perspectives on homeschooling included in between chapters.
The only negative thing is that they seem to gloss over the difficulties quite quickly. At times, I wanted to hear more about how something was handled especially when dealing with racism, ageism, and other challenges. Sometimes I just wanted them to admit how angry they were about something and not just saying what they wanted their children to learn from the experience.
It's poorly written. The style is rambling and redundant. It's as though some stream-of-consciousness web blogs have been pieced together in chapters to make a book. I found myself eager to finish it just because it was painful to read. I can't keep all the kids straight and it reads sort of like a laundry list of who did what and how their family's days looked at different times.
A lot of the recommendations that the author makes just come along with being a decent parent: Talking with your children about world events at dinner; teaching them to critically think; having them find answers on their own; teaching social graces. Now, if you feel like you're falling short in one of those areas, there are other books better-equipped to give you some practical tools. This one just tells you how awesome the Harding Family is at doing those things. Oh, and embracing other cultures and ignoring race... there's a whole chapter about that.
Finally, you can sum up the salient points of their academic philosophy in a few sentences (all the teaching of morals, values, and Christianity aside, which again, sorta comes with just being a decent parent and/or Christian). 1) Focus on reading writing and math, only. No science labs. 2) Make sure your child is a proficient reader as early as possible (especially if you have a big family, I suppose), and let them read whatever interests them - especially in science or history since you're not focused on teaching those. 3) Begin to prepare your child for the ACT and SAT as soon as they're ready - 8 years old, even. 4) Enroll in local college as soon as your child can get the minimum required ACT/SAT score - as early as 10 years old, but whenever they're ready. One or two classes a semester, to start. Put those classes on their High School Transcript to finish up their high school requirements while they're earning college credits that will (hopefully) transfer to a 4-year degree ("dual-enrollment"). 5) Let them write anything. Journal every day, and edit their self-chosen writing. Don't formally teach grammar or spelling. 6) Be willing to make it happen.
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