Grant Colfax is the eldest of the four sons homeschooled while building the family homestead and goat farm with their parents, David and Micki Colfax. The Colfaxes wrote about their homeschooling experiences in two inspiring books: Homeschooling for Excellence, and Hard Times in Paradise.
Although traditional learning materials were discussed in the first book, the second book describes their lives working out the grueling planning and labor needed for the building of the homestead and eventually their successful goat farm. They were intellectually stimulated and involved with lots of learning opportunities, but not following a school-at-home path at all. They commented at a conference that months went by when no book was opened.
So very interesting and inspiring! I'd love to read about this family and their adventures with homeschooling and farming. Obviously, they were very successful! Thanks for sharing this.
Hard Times in Paradise is the best one for that - it's fascinating and inspiring to read about the way they all pitched in and worked so hard together to build the homestead. It's available for as little as 68 cents through Amazon! Hard Times in Paradise. Grant didn't learn to read till he was nine years old, by the way!
Here's a great article about them in the Harvard Crimson while two of them were attending Harvard:
Here's an article by Reed, another of the brothers: The Value of Homeschooling Stories. Intro: "When Reed wrote this at the turn of the century, he had graduated from Harvard, graduated from Yale Law School, and after several interesting jobs, was serving as a staff attorney for the Fair Housing Project of the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs."
I especially enjoyed this comment of his in the article, because my son was one of the teens he's referring to, and I heard from parents later that the panel was the main deciding factor in their decision to go ahead and homeschool their own kids!
"Most memorable was a panel of homeschooling teens who talked about their experiences in homeschooling. The teens were articulate and mature, and they demonstrated a confidence that is absent from most their age. I could see the fear and apprehension evaporating from the parents in the audience who were considering homeschooling their own children. By simply being themselves, these teens were the most effective possible advertisement for homeschooling. It was impossible to watch these kids without considering what our youth would be like if they were all homeschooled."
Lillian, thanks very much for the additional info and links, I enjoyed reading them!