Famous homeschoolers? Surely not! Homeschoolers are weird, unsocialized, hippies and (insert stereotype here).
Before we started homeschooling our three children, we personally only knew one family who homeschooled their girls. Our next door neighbours. Their girls were in primary/elementary school and our children were in (or nearly in) high school so it didn’t occur to me to go to them for help – instead, I headed to Google!
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Most of us who think about homeschooling know of at least one or two families who homeschool. And, those who don’t personally know any, know of a few…
George Washington Carver
A botanist and inventor who actively promoted alternative crops to cotton and methods to prevent soil depletion.
A physicist, a pioneer in crystallography, magnetism, piezoelectricity and radioactivity. He won the Davy Medal in 1903, the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1903, the Matteucci Medal in 1904 and the Elliott Cresson Medal in 1909.
A theoretical physicist who developed the theory of relativity. He won the Barnard Medal in 1920, the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1921, the Matteucci Medal in 1921, the ForMemRS in 1921, the Copley Medal in 1925, the Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society in 1926, the Max Planck Medal in 1929, and was named the Time Person on the Century in 1999.
An electrical engineer, mathematician, and physicist who adapted complex numbers to the study of electrical circuits and invented mathematical techniques for the solution of differential equations. He was awarded the Faraday Medal in 1922.
T. H. Huxley
A biologist specialising in comparative anatomy. He was awarded the Royal Medal in 1852, the Wollaston Medal in 1876, the Clarke Medal in 1880, the Copley Medal in 1888, the Linnean Medal in 1890 and the Hayden Memorial Geological Award in 1893.
Booker T. Washington
An educator, author, orator, and advisor to presidents of the United States as well as a dominant leader in the African-American community.
A mathematician, physicist, inventor, writer and Catholic theologian.
A professor of Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a former child prodigy. He entered University at age 12.
Alexander Graham Bell
A scientist, inventor, engineer, and innovator who is credited with inventing and patenting the first practical telephone.
An inventor and businessman. He developed the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and the electric light bulb.
James Franklin Hyde
A chemist and inventor. He has been called the “Father of Silicones” and is credited with the launch of the silicone industry in the 1930s
An inventor, best known for his creation of the modern lockstitch sewing machine.
An inventor and businessman. He is best known for founding the Lear Jet Corporation, a manufacturer of business jets.
An inventor and businessman who founded the McCormick Harvesting Machine Company.
An inventor and electrical engineer, Marconi is known for his pioneering work on long-distance radio transmission, for his development of Marconi’s law, and a radio telegraph system. He is credited as the inventor of the radio
An inventor, best known for inventing the cotton gin.
Sir Frank Whittle
A British Royal Air Force air officer, credited with inventing the turbojet engine
Orville & Wilbur Wright
Aviators, engineers, inventors, and aviation pioneers credited with inventing, building, and flying the first successful aeroplane.
3. U.S. Presidents
A soldier, farmer, and statesman, as well as the first President of the United States.
A lawyer, diplomat, political theorist, as well as the first Vice-President of the United States and the second President on the United States.
The principal author of the Declaration of Independence and later served as the third President of the United States.
James Madison (4th)
Hailed as the “Father of the Constitution” for his pivotal role in drafting and promoting the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights, he also served as the fourth President of the United States.
John Quincy Adams
Son of the second President, Secretary of State under the 5th President, and served as the sixth President of the United States.
A General in the US army, a statesman who served in both houses of congress, and the seventh President of the United States.
William Henry Harrison (9th)
A military officer, politician, and the ninth President of the United States. He died of pneumonia thirty-one days into his term.
The 10th Vice-President of the United States and the tenth President upon the death of William Henry Harrison.
He served nine terms in the House of Representatives before becoming the 20th President on the United States. He served for over 6 months before being assassinated.
A lawyer, politician, and the 22nd and 24th President of the United States – the only president in history to serve two non-consecutive terms in office.
A statesman and writer, the 33rd Governor of New York, the leader of the Republican Party, the 25th Vice President of the United States, and the 26th President of the United States.
A statesman and academic, a member of the Democratic Party, the President of Princeton University, the Governor of New Jersey, and the 28th President of the United States.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
A statesman and political leader who served as the 32nd President of the United States from 1933 until his death in 1945. He won a record four presidential elections.
Nicknamed Satchmo, Satch, and Pops, he was an American trumpeter, composer, singer and occasional actor who was one of the most influential figures in jazz. His career spanned five decades, from the 1920s to the 1960s.
A violinist and conductor, widely considered to be one of the greatest violinists of the 20th century.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
A child prodigy, Mozart played keyboard and violin, composed from the age of five and performed before European royalty. Mozart composed more than 600 works.
A composer and lyricist, considered to be one of the greatest songwriters in American history.
A composer, organist, and music theorist.
A playwright, composer, director, actor and singer.
A composer, pianist, organist and conductor. Mendelssohn wrote symphonies, concertos, oratorios, piano music and chamber music.
A composer and pianist. His compositions include mélodies, solo piano works, chamber music, choral pieces, operas, ballets, and orchestral concert music.
John Phillip Sousa
A composer and conductor, known primarily for American military and patriotic marches.
A poet, painter, and printmaker.
John Singleton Copley
A painter, famous for his portrait paintings of wealthy and influential figures in colonial New England.
A painter and founder of French Impressionist painting.
Anna Mary Robertson Moses (Grandma Moses)
A folk artist who began painting professionally at the age of 78. Her work has been shown and sold worldwide and has been marketed on greeting cards and other merchandise.
A painter, soldier, scientist, inventor, politician and naturalist. He is best known for his portrait paintings of leading figures of the American Revolution.
Leonardo de Vinci
de Vinci is considered to be one of the greatest painters of all time but his areas of expertise included invention, painting, sculpting, architecture, science, music, mathematics, engineering,
literature, anatomy, geology, astronomy, botany, writing, history, and cartography. He has been called the father of palaeontology, ichnology, and architecture.
A visual artist, a realist painter and one of the best-known U.S. artists of the middle 20th century.
A realist painter, son of Andrew Wyeth.
Louisa May Alcott
A novelist and poet, best known as the author of the novel Little Women (1868) and its sequels Little Men (1871) and Jo’s Boys (1886).
Hans Christian Anderson
A novelist, playwright and poet, best remembered for his fairy tales.
A poet, novelist, literary critic, essayist, inventor, teacher and environmental activist. She has published seventeen books of poetry, sixteen novels, ten books of non-fiction, eight collections of short fiction, eight children’s books, and one graphic novel, as well as a number of small press editions in poetry and fiction.
Pearl S. Buck
A writer and novelist, she was the first American woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature.
William F. Buckley, Jr
An author and commentator, he wrote a nationally syndicated newspaper column and numerous spy novels.
A writer and novelist who was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for her novel, One of Ours, set during World War I.
A writer, known for her 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections, she wrote the world’s longest-running play, The Mousetrap, and six romances under the name Mary Westmacott. In 1971 she was appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) for her contribution to literature.
Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain)
A writer, humorist, entrepreneur, publisher, and lecturer. Best known for his novels The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and its sequel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
A writer and social critic, who created some of the world’s best-known novels including David Copperfield, Oliver Twist, A Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations and his novella – A Christmas Carol.
A poet, known for his realistic depictions of rural life and his command of American colloquial speech.
Charlotte Perkins Gilman
A feminist, sociologist, novelist, writer of short stories, poetry, and nonfiction, and a lecturer for social reform
A writer, author of Roots: The Saga of an American Family. In the United States, the book and miniseries raised the public awareness of African American history and inspired a broad interest in genealogy and family history.
A short story writer and poet, best remembered for his short fiction featuring characters of the California Gold Rush.
C. S. Lewis
A novelist, poet, academic, medievalist, literary critic, essayist, broadcaster and lecturer, best known for The Screwtape Letters, The Chronicles of Narnia, and The Space Trilogy.
A poet who posthumously won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1926.
A poet-diplomat, educator and humanist, she was the first Latin American author to receive a Nobel Prize in Literature.
A playwright, known for his plays about the Dublin working-class.
An author, known for his Inheritance Cycle novels, which include Eragon, Eldest, Brisingr, and Inheritance.
A journalist, novelist, political philosopher, and a literary and cultural critic.
A writer, illustrator, natural scientist, conservationist, best known for her children’s books including The Tale of Peter Rabbit.
A poet, writer, and editor who won three Pulitzer Prizes: two for his poetry and one for his biography of Abraham Lincoln.
George Bernard Shaw
A playwright, critic, and political activist who wrote more than sixty plays and was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1925.
Mattie J. T. Stepanek
A writer, poet, peace advocate and motivational speaker. Mattie published seven best-selling books of poetry and peace essays.
J. R. R. Tolkien
A writer, poet, and university professor, best known for The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion.
A political writer and propagandist, best known for her poems and plays urging colonists to resist British infringements on colonial rights and freedoms.
A writer and poet, she was the first published African-American female poet.
A poet, essayist, and journalist.
Laura Ingalls Wilder
A writer, known for her Little House on the Prairie children’s books.
Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin (Charlie Chaplin)
Actor, director, composer, screenwriter, producer and editor.
Actor, director, screenwriter, comedian, author, plus a six-time Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award winner.
Caryn Elaine Johnson (Whoopi Goldberg)
Actress, comedienne, author, and television host.
Actor and dancer.
Actress, singer, songwriter, businesswoman, and author.
Actress and model.
Actor and musician.
Actress, singer, songwriter, producer and director.
Actress, musician and photographer.
Actor, musician, writer, producer, race-car driver, and band manager.
Actress, model, singer and activist.
Actress and model.
Actress, singer, songwriter, model, television personality, dancer, rapper and producer.
Actress, model, and activist
Actor, voice actor, DJ, and producer.
Evan Rachel Wood
Actor, musician, writer and director
A singer, actor and songwriter.
A pop rock band formed by three brothers: Kevin Jonas, Joe Jonas, and Nick Jonas.
A pop rock band formed by three brothers: Issac Hanson, Tyler Hanson and Zac Hanson.
A pop/rock country band formed by four brothers: Scott Moffatt, Clint Moffatt, BobMoffatt and Dave Moffatt.
A singer, songwriter, actress and author.
A singer-songwriter, actor, dancer, and record producer.
An industrialist, business magnate, and philanthropist, known for founding and leading the Carnegie Steel Company, founding the Carnegie Corporation of New York, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Carnegie Institution for Science, Carnegie Mellon University, Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland, Carnegie Library, and the Carnegie Hero Fund.
A banker, he founded the Bank of America and was one of the first bankers to offer banking services to middle-class Americans, rather than only the upper class.
An author and statesman, he was the founder and editor of the New-York Tribune.
An engineer and industrialist, who established Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
The co-founder of the Dorling Kindersley publishing company.
A businessman who turned McDonald’s into a nationwide and eventually global franchise, making it the most successful fast food corporation in the world.
Dr Orison Swett Marden
An author who wrote about achieving success in life and founded SUCCESS magazine.
A newspaper publisher and owner of The New York Times and The Chattanooga Times (now the Chattanooga Times Free Press).
A newspaper publisher.
Colonel Harland Sanders
A businessman, best known for founding fast-food chicken restaurant chain Kentucky Fried Chicken.
11. Famous Females
The wife and closest advisor of John Adams, as well as the mother of John Quincy Adams.
Susan B. Anthony
A social reformer and women’s rights activist who played a pivotal role in the women’s suffrage movement.
A pioneering nurse who founded the American Red Cross.
A physician, the first woman to receive a medical degree in the United States and the first woman on the Medical Register of the General Medical Council. She was the first woman to graduate from a medical school, a pioneer in promoting the education of women in medicine in the United States, and a social and moral reformer in both the United States and the United Kingdom.
Mary D. Leakey
A paleoanthropologist who discovered the first fossilised Proconsul skull, an extinct ape which is now believed to be ancestral to humans.
A writer, who wrote many books and essays from a sociological, holistic, religious, domestic, and feminine perspective.
A cultural anthropologist, author and speaker.
A social reformer and statistician, and the founder of modern nursing.
A schoolteacher, pioneer, and suffragette.
Next time someone who doesn’t homeschool tells you that they’ve never met a homeschooler before, you can reply that you know of a lot!
And when a friend, family member or complete stranger wants to know how your child will succeed in life without a ‘proper education’, you can honestly say that not only are they getting a more extensive education but that there are over 100 successful homeschoolers that you know of (not including your own children and the homeschooled children you personally know and can add to your list!)
So, in a world that’s moving way too fast and putting too much pressure and stress on our children, slow down and take the time to enjoy homeschooling your babies.
You are following in the footsteps of some of the Greats and you are doing an amazing job, just like their parents did before you.
You know your children best and you know what’s best for your children.
Enjoy the Journey,
Author: Lara Galea
Lara is a freelance writer, blogger, photographer and homeschooler. When not helping others with their journey, she is either reading, binge-watching Netflix or creating havoc in the kitchen.