Category Archives: Just 4 Fun

10 Famous Home Schooled People

I found this at Mental Floss blog & wanted to share it with you.  One thing I noticed is that many of these listed were homeschooled by their fathers, or their fathers had a very active role.  I think that is very important to note.  The dads have an important role in the education of their children.  Homeschooling doesn’t have to be just a mom thing, it can be a family thing.

1. Agatha Christie. Agatha was a painfully shy girl, so her mom homeschooled her even though her two older siblings attended private school.
2. Pearl S. Buck was born in West Virginia, but her family moved to China when she was just three months old. She was homeschooled by a Confucian scholar and learned English as a second language from her mom.
3. Alexander Graham Bell was homeschooled by his mother until he was about 10. It was at this point that she started to go deaf and didn’t feel she could properly educate him any more. Her deafness inspired Bell to study acoustics and sound later in life.

4. If Thomas Edison was around today, he would probably be diagnosed with ADD – he left public school after only three months because his mind wouldn’t stop wandering. His mom homeschooled him after that, and he credited her with the success of his education: “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.”

5. Ansel Adams was homeschooled at the age of 12 after his “wild laughter and undisguised contempt for the inept ramblings of his teachers” disrupted the classroom. His father took on his education from that point forward.

6. Robert Frost hated school so much he would get physically ill at the thought of going. He was homeschooled until his high school years.

7. Woodrow Wilson studied under his dad, one of the founders of the Southern Presbyterian Church in the United States (PCUS). He didn’t learn to read until he was about 12. He took a few classes at a school in Augusta, Georgia, to supplement his father’s teachings, and ended up spending a year at Davidson College before transferring to Princeton.

8. Mozart was educated by his dad as the Mozart family toured Europe from 1763-1766.

9. Laura Ingalls Wilder was homeschooled until her parents finally settled in De Smet in what was then Dakota Territory. She started teaching school herself when she was only 15 years old.

10. Louisa May Alcott
studied mostly with her dad, but had a few lessons from family friends Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Nathaniel Hawthorne. Can you imagine?

Time to vote for the best Homeschool blog

It’s that time again to vote for your favorite Homeschool blog.


You can see Jacque’s pick here.  Or go to the home of the Homeschool Blog Awards here.

There are instructions there for you.  It is easy.  I’m on my way over there now to cast my vote.  I like this because it also exposes me to many new blogs that I didn’t know about that I can add to my blog roll.

Join Us at the HSBA!

More Freebies!

I just love when I find new websites that offer free downloads or products!

This week I made 2 new discoveries. The first one is a website that offers new free downloads everyday. It is called Freebie of the Day. You can join their email list that will send you an email each Monday to tell you what is coming for the week. The important thing to know is that the free offer is only good for that day. Tuesday’s freebie is not available on Wednesday.

My other great find came from The Homeschool Lounge.

I downloaded this and have really loved it!  Built into it are many great features that I am enjoying. There are homeschool blogs, fun sites for the kids and RSS feed already set up & ready to go.  My email accounts are there and I can personalize & add whatever else I need in it.  My only thing is that I had to download it using Firefox, my IE wouldn’t let me download it.  I’m not sure if that is because of some settings on my computer or what.  But I like to use Firefox also so it was not that big of a deal to me.

New Online Resource

kids painting

I just found a neat new resource for us homeschooling moms.

It is called Little Blots of Faith.  It is another social network much like The Homeschool Lounge.  But this one concentrates of teaching the Word to our kids and offers us many excellent & fun resources.  Like the other social networks out there membership is required, but it is free.


It’s a Party!

There is a tremendously huge blog party going on all over the world, so I couldn’t miss out!  There are over 1300 moms throwing a party on their blogs and you are invited! 

 The party is at 5 Minutes for Mom

The Ultimate Blog Party at 5 Minutes for Mom

This is a great opportunity to meet new moms from all over the world through their blogs.  What did we do 10 years ago with out blogs? 

Here are a few of my favorite blogging friends…

Robyn @ Home Sweet Home

Robin Sampson @ Heart of Wisdom

Susan @ Kerugma

Growing in Grace

Kristine @ Mama Archer

Penney @ Becoming Real

These are just a few of my blogging friends that I gain wisdom & encouragement from. 

Homeschooling is hard enough by itself and then we at times go through seasons when we don’t get much adult interaction.  That is when blogging comes in handy.  I can visit these other sites and learn what these moms struggle with and how the Lord is working in their lives.  What a blessing!

If you are participating in this party, leave me a comment so I can celebrate with you!

Tackle It Tuesday!

I decided to join the Tackle It Tuesday, hosted by 5 Minutes for
We are moving in a month or so & I have a lot of sorting through & cleaning out.
Today object of my efforts is the closet under the stairs.  We call it our own Narnia Wardrobe.  It is a horrible place to go unlike the real Narnia.  Coats hang in the front and then there is a long narrow space behind it that was meant to be home to my seasonal decoration boxes.  But instead it has become the “I don’t know where else to put this, so I will throw it in here.” Closet.
So, that is what lies ahead of me today including school lessons with my kids, a doctor appointment with my son & taking my girls to Bible Study this evening.  Somewhere in there I need to get the towels and & sheets washed & maybe even a meal made.
Out comes the crock pot & the most capable child launder’s.  Thank goodness I have so many kids to do stuff or I would get nothing done! 
I made it.   By 4:00 I had the closet all cleaned out & the junk properly disposed of…kinda.
It was quite embarrassing what all I found.  I couldn’t figure out how all of these trash bags got into the closet.  My 14 year old son is the explanation.  Someone had given us bags and bags of clothes.  I didn’t need any of it so I was going to take them to the local donation center.  They were put into the garage until I could take them out.  When they disappeared from the garage I thought that my ever so thoughtful husband had loaded them up & taken them for me.  No, instead my son was cleaning out the garage & needed a place to put the bags so he threw them in the closet.  Ugh!  Here are so extremely embarrassing pics to prove how bad it was. 
messy closet
 Obviously,this is the “before” picture.  I told you it was bad!
clean closet
And here is the fruit of my labor!
I won’t show you the giant pile of trash bags that I’m about to load up in my van and TODAY take to the donation center.  I’m not risking my son trying to “clean” the garage again.