Mona Lisa and Kip Harding have a large family and many of their kids were taking college courses by age 12. This sounds like some kind of homeschooling hothousing hell but actually, from the sound of this article, it sounds like kids following their bliss. Mum, Mona Lisa, says, “We find out what their passions are, what they really like to study, and we accelerate them gradually.” I don’t know why they feel they should accelerate their kids. The word ‘accelerate’ does make me nervous. It doesn’t sound fun or necessary but the rest of the article makes it sound like the kids are just following their passions and their parents, as all the best homeschooling parents should, are simply enabling them to – in this case by accessing college courses. Hopefully what Mum means by, “All our children would have to tells us is, ‘You know, this isn’t fun any more,” Mona Lisa says, “and we’d do something about that.” is that she’d let them stop accelerating their learning and learn at their own pace.
What I like about this family is they aren’t afraid to look like weird hothousing parents or for their kids to look like nerds because – they aren’t either of these things, they are, as I said, just helping their kids do what they are really interested in. If you are really into knights, studying the Middle Ages at University-level is probably really fun. And I’ll bet it’s less stressful than doing a Middle Ages worksheet-oriented module at school!
When my son is nearer age 12 or so, I will certainly look into this option. I might already look at film making courses for adults since he so much enjoyed, and seemed to be accepted by the young adults on the day workshop he took in Bahrain. However, I was there to mediate between adults and child so this might not work until he’s older, when he can attend by himself.
Food for thought especially if you’re thinking of taking this route with your kids.