Jul 102013

Let us look at the lives of some famous homeschooled people, in particular girls who can bring us inspiration in home schooling our girls..

If you have a boy, check out our Famous Homeschoolers : Boys page.

Famous Homeschooled People (Stories Upcoming):

Akiane Beck
Pearl S. Buck
Agatha Christie
Joan of Arc
Florence Nightingale
Clara Barton
Venus and Serena Williams

Jul 102013

Look at the lives of some famous homeschoolers who are boys. They can provide inspiration for your home schooled boys.

If you have a girl, check out our Famous Homeschooled People : Girls page.

Whether you have a boy or girl, you may find the homeschooled teens book (pictured) to be inspirational! It is inspirational reading for homeschooling moms or dads, and for pre-teens or teens.

Famous Homeschoolers Stories:

Ansel Adams

Thomas Edison

Other Famous Homeschoolers:

homeschooled teensfamous homeschoolersAlbert Einstein
Alexander Graham Bell
Leonardo da Vinci
Christopher Paolini
Orville Wright & Wilbur Wright
Claude Monet
Theordore Roosevelt
Woodrow Wilson
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
George Washington Carver
Booker T. Washington
Benjamin Franklin
John Marshall
C.S. Lewis
Irving Berlin
George Bernard Shaw
Andrew Carnegie
Darrel Waltrip
Andrew Wyeth

Jul 102013

Did you know Ansel Adams may have had a specific learning disability? Ansel Adams was homeschooled and had difficulty with memorization.

Ansel Adams didn’t do well in traditional school and hated it!! Many of us are curious about famous people that were homeschooled, and we can learn how to better embrace our kids and their individual needs by looking at the lives of famous people who struggled in traditional school.

Who knows? Is your child artistic? Homeschooling might help build those skills! Let Ansel’s story be an encouragement for you and your child:

Ansel Easton Adams was a gifted artist who was “born on February 20, 1902, in San Francisco, California, near the Golden Gate Bridge. His father, a successful businessman, sent his son to private, as well as public, schools; beyond such formal education, however, Adams was largely self-taught.” (from Answers.com)

These insights from the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) help us understand the late Ansel Adams as a young boy:

“Home-schooled until he was nine, Ansel Adams resisted formal education. After he had difficulties in a string of San Francisco schools, Adams’ parents decided enrolling him anywhere else would be futile. He received the rest of his education from his father, tutors, the Panama Pacific Exhibition, and the world around him.”

“An enthusiastic beachcomber and insect collector, young Ansel lived in acute awareness of nature. Adams would later credit his father for tolerating his unusual path, saying, “I am certain he established the positive direction of my life.”

“In School…Each day was a severe test for me, sitting in a dreadful classroom while the sun and fog played outside. Most of the information received meant absolutely nothing to me. For example, I was chastised for not being able to remember what states border Nebraska and what are the states of the Gulf Coast. It was simply a matter of memorizing the names, nothing about the process of memorizing or any reason to memorize. Education without either meaning or excitement is impossible. I longed for the outdoors, leaving only a small part of my conscious self to pay attention to schoolwork… (p. 17)”

“Adams disliked the uniformity of the education system and left school in 1915, at the age of 12 to educate himself. His original passion was to become a concert pianist, but Adams became interested in photography after seeing Paul Strand’s negatives. Adams long alternated between a career as a concert pianist and one as a photographer.” (from Wikipedia)

The early chronology (from zPub) of Ansel Adams’ life shows that he was “an enormously curious and gifted child”. He suffered through a treacherous journey through the rigid structure of the public school system. Early on, he developed a distain for formal education that lead him to seek his own education outside of public schooling.

Ansel Adams taught himself to play the piano he undertook formal music studies with Marie Butler. Under her tutelage, Ansel excelled at piano. In 1915, his father bought a season pass to the Panama-Pacific Exposition for Ansel. Ansel visited the exposition daily.

According to zPub, Ansel convinced his parents to vacation in Yosemite National Park in 1916. While at Yosemite, Ansel developed an enthusiastic interest in both photography and the national park, and he would return to Yosemite every year on his now famous photography expeditions.

Ansel Adams had a passion, and was allowed to follow it, to his now famous status. For every child who doesn’t fit the traditional education mould, a home schooling parent can strengthen the child’s spirit and knowledge. In doing so, you may be creating the next famous expert in your child’s area of passionate interest. Just because a child doesn’t fit the mould, doesn’t mean the mould is broken! It may mean you have a gifted, and spirited individual living in your home, who may one day be the source of untold pride, joy, and inspiration for the homeschooled community.

Jul 102013

Thomas Edison was one of the most famous homeschoolers ever!

I was APPALLED when I first read that Thomas Edison was basically tossed out of school at the age of 12 because he was “too dull” to succeed academically. Needless to say, we all know differently today!

Thomas Edison’s educational history and life can be a great inspiration to your child, particularly if your child struggles with academic learning. Thomas Edison struggled too, but he achieved great things!

For all practical purposes, Thomas Edison was homeschooled. After he was dismissed from his school, Thomas’ mom helped him set up experiments and let him do research to his heart’s content. Thomas’ mom helped her son experience his learning passions.

In looking back upon the life of Thomas Edison, you may find an inspirational story for your child and clues for helping your child learn. I HIGHLY recommend reading books about Thomas Edison’s life to your child. It provides great encouragement.

Reading Thomas Edison’s story will also help YOU face tomorrow’s homeschool day with renewed inspiration, particularly if you have a pre-teen or teenaged boy who makes your day a challenge.

Feed your child’s passions like Thomas Edison’s parents fed his, and who knows where your child will go.

The education of Thomas Edison started unremarkably, like other children of his era. He attended school when his family work load permitted. However, Thomas Edison was not your “model” student, and his “public” school career was cut short.

“His mind often wandered and his teacher the Reverend Engle was overheard calling him ‘addled’.” (Addled – [adj] confused and vague; used especially of thinking; “muddleheaded ideas”; “your addled little brain”; “woolly thinking”; “woolly-headed ideas” (from the Hyperdictionary, quote from Wikipedia)

“He was imaginative and inquisitive, but because much instruction was by rote and he had difficulty hearing, he was bored and was labeled a misfit [in traditional school].” (from Crystalinks).

“The school teacher considered the famous inventor to be a bit dull. After three months of schooling, one day the teacher called Thomas an “addled” (confused) student. Thomas hurried home and told his mother. When she went to the schoolhouse to talk to the teacher, they got into a heated discussion and the teacher told Mrs. Edison that Thomas was not teachable. Mrs. Edison promptly removed Thomas from the school and from then on he was homeschooled! ” (from Homeschool Learning)

Edison was schooled “sporadically for five years” prior to his total dismissal for being “addled”. Edison’s official schooling ended at the age of twelve, but we all know that is not the end of the story.

“His mother had been a school teacher in Canada and happily took over the job of schooling her son. She encouraged and taught him to read and experiment. He recalled later, “My mother was the making of me. She was so true, so sure of me; and I felt I had something to live for, someone I must not disappoint.” (from Wikipedia)

SOOOOO, ALWAYS remember, your defiant or “addled” twelve year-old boy might have a spark inside of him that just needs to be lit by someone who believes in him as a bright child. Who better to light the fire than YOU?!

I think all of us, with differently spirited children, have a special and blessed job to do. With my child, I KNOW I am shaping his future in ways that public school never would have (especially with the experiences we previously had in PS). Maybe one day, I’ll be the home schooling mother of my great and famous son! ;-D

If you’d like to know more about how to homeschool your creative learner, click through to learn how to teach your child through multisensory instruction.  Make learning fun and fulfilling for your child, and who knows where he’ll end up?