Book Review: the Brainy Bunch


This book is about a remarkable family. Kip and Mona Lisa Harding, the authors, are the parents of ten children. They homeschool and have figured out how to get their children into college by age 12. This is another book that would make a great summer read.

The book totally strikes a chord in me. When I was in junior high, I started noticing that seventh grade history was a repeat of 4th grade history. In both grades we studied Utah history. I wondered why we had to repeat the subject three years later. I remember feeling eager to study something else. Then with math in 6th grade I was also eager to move ahead of the class. In 8th grade, we studied U.S. history, which was a repeat of 5th grade. “Couldn’t we take out all this repetition and just condense this all into 4th through 6th grade, and then move on to college?”

So I love that the Hardings have basically answered the wish that I asked the universe decades ago. When you read this book, don’t feel like you have to do what they say, and if you don’t, you aren’t a good parent. They are just sharing what has worked for them. More power to them! I think it’s awesome! 

The book tells their story, how they met, how they started homeschooling, what they have done to fit homeschooling into all their cross-country moves, and how to get kids into college at age 12. It’s a fascinating story! I also love that the end of the book has some appendices of recommended resources such as other books to read, movies for the whole family, and even a playlist of wholesome Christian music. 

I give it 5 out of 5 stars! Read it and get inspired for next school year!

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