This 2008 article has a bit more about the family:
The Harding Family
Posted: Oct 27, 2008 7:06 PM PDT Updated: Oct 27, 2008 7:06 PM PDT
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The Harding family is one of this year’s Families of the Year nominees, but not because of its size.
The Hardings are giving back to their community, and they’re making sure their children learn a lesson in education and the economy.
While learning and teaching are the root of the Harding family tree, it’s their faith that makes it grow.
The Hardings volunteer at their church for Celebrate Recovery, a 12-step drug and alcohol program.
They make volunteering a family affair.
One reason the Harding’s were nominated for the Families of the Year awards is because of their teamwork.
Kip Harding says through these hard economic times families must pull together. It’s something he calls his families’ strength and what he wants others to seem in them.
“We’re Americans we can get through this mess…we can do it family by family…a strong family makes a strong nation…we believe that.”
Colleges here in CA aren’t quite as flexible. About 10 years ago our local JC started requiring that “concurrent enrollment” student be at least age 16. Whether they could do that legally, and whether they still require that, I don’t know. Our youngest was 16 when she first enrolled there. “If they’re going to be working at my kitchen table,” Mona Lisa says with a smile, “why not earn college credit for what they’re doing?” Other than our kids’ study places in our house, that was pretty much our thinking.
As I understand a homeschool cirriculum, if they simply model the public school equivalent topic coverage, the school day only lasts about 3 hours.
Homeschooling methods vary very widely. At one extreme is “Unschooling”, which does little formal teaching and doesn’t really follow any sort of subject scope and sequence. Unschooled children basically are allowed to follow and develop their interests, and basic stuff like Reading and Math and Science are learned because they are needed to pursue their interest(s). At the other extreme is “School at Home” (a snide term coined by Unschooling types, BTW, but which captures the essence of what is done), who use a “boxed curriculum” (the full set of books and materials from a particular publisher), duplicate a school classroom atmosphere (including desks, whiteboards, subject scheduling, etc.), and more or less follow their state’s scope and sequence for subjects. Guess what? Both can work very well, depending on the personalities of the teaching parents and their students.
The Hardings seem to be a hybrid, as to method, leaning School-at-Home at young ages to teach basic tools more formally, and then gradually unleashing their kids to pursue their interests as they grow older and have the tools for their pursuit. That’s pretty much what we did as well.
I don’t see homeschooling as an “issue”, though many PS educrats and the teacher’s unions make it an issue, working hard through legislatures, courts and bureaucratic overreach to try to legislate/litigate/regulate homeschooling out of existence.