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Over 25 Famous Homeschoolers

Depending on the age of your kids or where you live, they may not know a lot of other homeschoolers. Regardless of your location or child’s age your homeschooler probably doesn’t realize how popular homeschooling has become.

Sharing tales and stories of homeschoolers from the past can be a great way to show your child how homeschooling has grown, what a wide variety of people actually homeschool, and how homeschooling in no way holds a person back!

Here are over 25 famous people you probably didn’t know were homeschooled!

  1. Taylor Swift- Swift’s music career took off when she was 14, so she was homeschooled her last few years of high school.
  2. Ryan Gosling-After struggling in school with ADHD, Gosling’s parents began homeschooling him at age 10.
  3. Chris Colfer-The Glee actor was homeschooled in jr. high due to bullying.
  4. Spencer and Abigail Breslin-These celebrity siblings have starred in Kit, American Girl, The Santa Claus and more. They are also homeschooled!
  5. Venus and Serena Williams-Due to a strict tennis practice schedule these pro sisters were homeschooled.
  6. Michelle Kwan-This famous ice skater began homeschooling in 8th grade and went on to win two Olympic medals.
  7. Sandra Day O Conner-The first woman to serve in the U.S. Supreme Court began her education at home.
  8. Irving Berlin-Known as one the greatest song writers of all time, Mr. Berlin was also homeschooled.
  9. Franklin Delano Roosevelt-Homeschooled due to his asthma and illnesses, Mr. Roosevelt went on to become President of the United States.
  10. Agatha Christie-One of the bestselling authors of all time, she was homeschooled due to her extreme shyness.
  11. Clara Barton-Founder of the American Red Cross, this famous nurse was also homeschooled.
  12. Jon Warren-The co-director of the popular movie Mom’s Night Out, was homeschooled and claims it is the reason for his success.
  13. Laura Ingalls Wilder-Laura was educated at home off and on through her school years, and later chose to homeschool her daughter Rose after she found school to not be challenging enough.
  14. Willow and Jaden Smith- These celebrity siblings have been homeschooled for years due to their mother wanting them to “learn, not memorize”.
  15. Darell Waltrip-The NASCAR driver was not only homeschooled himself, but his children are also homeschooled!
  16. Abraham Lincoln: Sixteenth President of the United States Abraham Lincoln was the first Republican president and pulled the country through the Civil War, ending slavery. . Lincoln mostly taught himself under the guidance of his stepmother Sarah Bush Johnston and the local library
  17. C.S. Lewis: Writer, critic and theologian C.S. Lewis is considered of the greatest thinkers of the 20th century. He was homeschooled by tutors until he was sent away to a boarding school after his mother’s death.
  18. Albert Einstein-One of the most famous and influential thinkers of all time, Albert Einstein, is credited with discovering many scientific theories and laws. He was tutroed at home by a Jewish medical student named Talmud in math, science and philosophy.
  19. Tim Tebow-He and his siblings were all homeschooled by their parents, who instilled the family’s Christian beliefs. He began playing football, first at a Christian academy and then at a public high school, where, despite controversy about his status as a home-schooled student, he led the team to a state championship and became nationally known.
  20. Emma Watson-The English actress and model was home-schooled during her Harry Potter years.
  21. Wolfgang Amadeus MozartFamed composer and child prodigy, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, was homeschooled by his father as he toured around Europe playing the piano at the tender age of 6!
  22. Jennifer Love Hewitt- The actress was homeschooled until high school, which was necessary since she was already acting as a child.
  23. Demi Lovato-The actress and singer chose the homeschooling path because she was bullied.
  24. Justin Timberlake- The Backstreet Boys singer started out at a regular elementary school in Tennessee and then became homeschooled in the sixth grade onward.
  25. Blake Griffin-The LA Clippers basketball player was homeschooled until his college days at the University of Oklahoma.
  26. Condoleezza Rice-The former United States Secretary of State was homeschooled until the age of ten and graduated from the University of Denver.
  27. Jordin Sparks-Jordin attended Sandra Day O’Connor High School until 2006, and then she began homeschool so that she could spend more time on her music career.
  28. Florence NightingaleThe mother of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale was educated at home by her father. She famously went on to found the Nightingale Training School for Nurses as well as St. Thomas’s Hospital.

Stories of homeschoolers from the past can be a great way to show your child how homeschooling has grown. Here are 15 Famous homeschoolers!

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Misty Bailey is a wife and a homeschool mom to three beautiful blessings. She resides with her family in Southern Ohio. She loves helping new homeschoolers and has a Homeschool 101 eBook for those getting started. She shares her struggles with time management, becoming unglued and finding joy in the everyday moments on her blog Joy in the Journey.

How to Refresh Your Homeschool in the Middle of Your School Year

Are your facing a mid-year slump?  Now may be the time to refresh your homeschool! Here are some tips to carry you through.

Let’s face it, we all have experienced that mid-year slump a time or two. As much as we love homeschooling our kids, exhaustion and weariness have a way of creeping in. Sometimes this simply calls for a break. But if you’ve tried that and you’re still wondering how on earth you will all survive til summer finally rolls around, here are some tips to carry you through.

Out with the old, in with the new.

Do you have a pile of broken crayons and markers without lids? Throw it all out and splurge on some new supplies. Go on a shopping date with the principle of your little homeschool and stock up on some necessities, and maybe a few non-necessities. It’s amazing how freshly sharpened pencils can be motivating!

Restock the essentials

By this point in the year, things have likely gotten a little scattered. Your paint bin has glue sticks in it. The graded math and completed handwriting pages have just become a stack of homeless papers. Books are falling off of the shelves and legos have taken over your son’s desktop. It is time to do some reorganizing and cleaning up. No matter where your school space is, take care of the clutter. Hang a new poster on the wall. The fresh space will encourage a fresh start.

Change things up.

It’s possible your curriculum is the driving force behind your mid-year slump. If you don’t think it’s time to throw it out altogether, maybe it’s just time to give it a break. Spend a week focusing only on your kids’ favorite subject. Do that book study you’ve been wanting to squeeze in somehow. It’s the perfect time of year for a unit study on snow or St. Valentine. Give your teaching (and their learning) a little jump start with a simple change-up.

Recommit. 

Spend some time reflecting on why you’ve taken on this homeschooling thing. Read over your goals and mentally recommit to them. Evaluate how the year has gone so far and make any needed changes. Even though you’re only mid-year, it may be time to change some of your goals or add in some new ones. Talk to your kids about their goals. Recommit together to finish out this year full steam ahead!

Focus on today.

Homeschooling is the marathon of all marathons. After you’ve recommitted to your goals, take a deep breath and just focus on today. Looking ahead at the next 5 months or next 5 years while you’re in the midst of the daily grind can be overwhelming. If you’re still struggling with feeling trapped and unmotivated, focus on how you can make today better than yesterday. What is one simple thing you can do right in the midst of your school day today to liven everyone up?

 

Don’t let the mid-year slump make a mess of the rest of your year. Do a little refreshing and get back at it. You’ve got this!


Misty Bailey is a wife to Roger and a homeschool mom to three beautiful blessings. She resides with her family in Southern Ohio. She loves helping new homeschoolers and has a  Homeschool 101 eBook for those getting started. She shares her struggles with time management, becoming unglued and finding joy in the everyday moments on her blog Joy in the JourneyAre your facing a mid-year slump? Now may be the time to refresh your homeschool! Here are some tips to carry you through.

 

 

Keeping Your Child Engaged During Read Aloud Time

Reading aloud doesn’t have to be a chore! These tips can help you and your children be more engaged and enjoy reading time

Does read aloud time feel like a chore? Does it sometimes seem impossible to get your kids to hear a word that you read? Know that you are not alone. Families all around the world deal with this frustration every single day. But there are also scores of families who have found ways to make read aloud time their favorite time of the day! How do they do it? Here are some tips that will help you join the ranks of families who love to read together!

Let your child choose the book.

I don’t mean that you have to read the book your 4-year-old has made you read every single day for the last month. There are times when you can give them a little encouragement in a certain direction. And there will be times when you simply need to choose. But if you can give them the opportunity to pick the book most of the time, they will be more apt to get excited about read-aloud time.

Be animated in your reading.

You may not be gifted in doing voices, but it’s worth a try! Even if you adjust the pitch and speed for different voices, you’ll manage to capture a wandering child’s attention. Exaggerate your inflections even to silly proportions. Your kids will love it. And they will likely emulate your animated reading when they are reading aloud which fills up a momma’s heart!

Give them something to do with their hands.

Parents and teachers alike are beginning to see the benefit of allowing our kids to have something to do while they listen. Some children need nothing more than an apple to munch on. Others can focus and comprehend what’s being read significantly better when they’re hands are completely engaged in something else such as building legos or drawing pictures. Choose some activities that are only for read-aloud time to encourage their excitement. Here are some examples:

-Snacks

-Building blocks

-Playdough

-Paper and pencils

-Crochet/knitting/sewing supplies

-Simple crafts (such as beading)

-Coloring books

It may feel counterproductive at first, but I think you’ll be amazed at how well this works!

Let them interrupt.

Not all the time, but once in awhile when they have a genuine question about the book or want to be sure you see the silly thing going on in the picture, give them a minute to talk. This means they are engaged in the book, and that’s something to encourage! You’ll also be opening up communication with your kids that will spill over into regular life.

Make reading aloud a lifestyle.

The early years of reading aloud can sometimes feel a little rough. You wouldn’t be the first parent to stop mid-sentence and call it a day. But when reading aloud is a regular part of your family’s life, whether your kids are all still toddling about your feet or they have their driver’s licenses, it becomes a cherished time full of (mostly) positive memories. Don’t worry, your kids won’t remember the not-so-great experiences, and neither will you, when reading aloud is your lifestyle. To help make this happen let reading happen at intentional but natural times, such as mid-afternoon or before bed.  Mealtimes can work well, too. This is particularly a good idea for those wiggly kiddos!

 

Reading aloud doesn’t have to be a chore on your checklist. It should be your whole family’s favorite time of day, and now you are equipped to make it just that.


Misty Bailey loves helping new homeschoolers and has a  Homeschool 101 eBook for those getting started. She shares her struggles with time management, becoming unglued and finding joy in the everyday moments on her blog Joy in the JourneyReading aloud doesn't have to be a chore! These tips can help you and your children be more engaged and enjoy reading time

 

 

How to Deal with Homeschool Naysayers

How do we deal with homeschool naysayers whose opinions we care about? Here are some tried-and-true tips on how to deal with homeschool naysayers.

Almost every person who announces their decision to homeschool will have to deal with homeschool naysayers. It’s just a fact.

“I don’t think homeschool is a good idea.”

“Your kids are going to end up weird and unsocialized.”

“Homeschooling is wrong! There’s a reason we have public schools.”

“Homeschooling should be illegal. Kids

“Only teachers are qualified to teach your kids. You should just put them in public school.”

“How are you going to teach them everything they need to know?”

“They’re going to fall behind the rest of their peers.”

“They’re not going to be able to compete in the real world.”

“They’re not going to be able to get into college.

These are just a few of the doubts, criticisms, and outright opposition you will hear from loved ones and strangers alike when they learn that you have opted to homeschool your child(ren). I admit it can be difficult to cope with all the negativity. And I think we can all agree that the criticism stings just a bit more when the negativity is coming from family and friends. You might be able to let negative remarks from strangers roll off your back, but hearing it from people who you think should be supportive can be a hard pill to swallow.

So how do we deal with homeschool naysayers whose opinions we care about?

 

 Know Your Why

When you are new to homeschooling, it doesn’t take much to have you wondering if you are doing the right thing. You may already be riddled with fears and doubts? Can I do this? SHOULD I do this? So, when you hear doubts and criticism from loved ones, it can be enough to make you wonder if maybe they’re right. That’s why you need to know why you chose to homeschool. The big, deep why. The one(s) that made you feel as though this is the best educational option for your child(ren) and family. Perhaps your child has exceptional learning needs that wouldn’t be met by your local school district. Perhaps there are medical concerns in your family that are best addressed by having your children home with you. Perhaps you feel as though homeschooling will allow you the flexibility to teach your children not just what they NEED to learn, but what they enjoy learning. Whatever your reason is for being passionate about homeschooling, keep that in mind. Write it down if you need to. That way, when you start feeling the doubts creeping in, you can remind yourself of why this was the best choice for your family.

Ask Questions

Often, the doubts and criticisms that loved ones have about homeschool stem from misunderstandings. The next time someone is being negative about homeschooling, ask them “What is it about homeschooling that you disagree with or find problematic?” You might be surprised at what you hear. Some of them may not have any good reason other than homeschooling is not something they are familiar with. And unfamiliar often equates to “can’t be trusted”. After all, in their minds, if homeschool was such a good thing, we’d all be doing it. However, some may have questions and concerns that are deeper. They may believe that homeschooling is very expensive and have concerns about whether you can afford all of the resources. They may think that you are depriving your child of the opportunity to engage in extracurricular activities like clubs and sports. They may believe that homeschooled children do not receive diplomas and, therefore, are unable to attend college. They may also believe that homeschool requires 8 hours a day of study and question whether you can commit to that. Understanding their concerns enables you to address them.

Educate Them

Once you know what your loved ones are concerned about as far as homeschooling, you are better equipped to clarify things, clear up misconceptions, and give them a better idea of how homeschooling works. For example, if they are concerned about how expensive homeschooling is, you can tell them about all the ways you save money on homeschool resources and activities. If they are concerned about your child’s social life, you can explain to them about the Tim Tebow law and the various activities your child is involved in (such as 4-H, homeschool co-ops, martial arts, and more). If they are concerned about how homeschooling may affect your child’s future, you can share stories of successful homeschoolers (there are loads of them!). You can also talk to them about how your homeschool day goes so that they can see just how much you can get done.

Get Them Involved

If talking to your loved ones about your homeschool life isn’t convincing enough, invite them to get involved. Invite them to hang out with for the day. Or ask if they’d like to tag along while you go to co-op. You could even ask for help. For example, if someone is really good at something, ask them if they’d be willing to let your child try it out with them. Then, you can casually point out that they are learning and that that is the basis of homeschooling – finding learning opportunities all around you.

Share Your Child’s Progress

Sometimes just sharing something cool that your child has learned or is learning can be enough to get people to stop worrying so much about their progress. Especially if they are learning something that isn’t typically offered in public school or at their grade level. For example, a 7-year-old taking a class that is focused solely on Greek Mythology, physics experiments, or Robotics is super impressive. However, even just giving family periodic updates on how your kids are doing in school can be enough to show them that you (and your kids) are taking their education seriously.

Set Firm Boundaries

If all else fails, it may be time to set some simple yet firm boundaries. Sometimes loved ones don’t realize how harm their statements may cause. Not only to your morale, but to your children’s. If you feel that they are crossing the line when it comes to discussing your decisions, it may be helpful to pull them aside and let them know. I recommend not reacting in the heat of the moment. Walk away from the situation and give yourself time to calm down. Figure out what you want to say to them. Then ask if they have time to talk. Be respectful yet clear about what is bothering you about their actions. Perhaps you find it wearing to have to hear about how they are against your decision every time you see them. Or maybe you think it is unfair (and annoying) that they continue to quiz your children at random about what they are learning. Or it could be that you are tired of them flat out telling you that you need to put your kids in public school. Whatever your concerns are, let them know. Then tell them, in no unclear terms, that you would appreciate if it they would keep their negative comments to themselves and refrain from questioning your children. It can be scary to have these types of conversations with loved ones, but sometimes it is necessary. Remember, be firm yet calm.

These are just a few tips that veteran homeschoolers have used to deal with homeschool naysayers. I hope they help!

So how do we deal with homeschool naysayers whose opinions we care about? Here are some tried-and-true tips on how to deal with homeschool naysayers.


Misty Bailey is a wife to Roger and a homeschool mom to three beautiful blessings. She resides with her family in Southern Ohio. She loves helping new homeschoolers and has a  Homeschool 101 eBook for those getting started. She shares her struggles with time management, becoming unglued and finding joy in the everyday moments on her blog Joy in the Journey.

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