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Everest Academy is a ministry of Everest Family Church in Hayden. We offer freedom along with quality resources, information, activities and support to those homeschooling in Alabama. We believe that the parent has the best interests of their children at heart. We believe that the parent is the first and only teacher that a child needs. In keeping with this philosophy, we wish to be a very hands-off cover school and allow the parent to lead and guide their children in the direction and at the pace they feel is best suited to their children. We ask only for what the law requires while offering support along with quality resources to aid families in their efforts.

2nd & 4th Fridays, Bham: W.I.S.E - Waldorf Inspired Southern Educators

W.I.S.E.~Waldorf Inspired Southern Educators~ Birmingham Area

The purpose of this group is to provide supportive and nurturing relationships for the parents and children of families working with the educational methods of Rudolf Steiner, and encourage the growth of the Waldorf movement in our area. This lifestyle goes against the grain of many areas of mainstream culture, sometimes leaving families feeling "on the fringe", or without a sense of community. We want to build that community :-)

We will meet the 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month and possibly for seasonal/festival activities as well.

Please contact Rachel Fee-Prince at atinyseed@gmail.com to find out if W.I.S.E is a good fit for your family!

9/11 Teaching Resources




The lesson plans are free and offer ways to engage your kids in doing good deeds in observance of this year's September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance.

You can access all of our free materials, including lesson plans, teacher's guides, parent's guides, and new videos, at Scholastic.com/911day, and at 911day.org, where other links and resources from their partners are available as well. 


There are six different, age appropriate lesson plans that include organizing a book drive, or food drive for 9/11, helping children learn more about the role first responders play in their communities, and other ideas.

Huntsville: Civil Air Patrol

HUNTSVILLE Homeschoolers... if your son or daughter is interested in Civil Air Patrol, consider attending a few meeting nights to check it out. Ages 12 and up are invited and encouraged to attend for several weeks before making the decision to join. It's a really great squadron with quite a few homeschool families. 

Here is the link to the Huntsville Squadron webpage... Meetings are Monday nights from 6-8pm at Huntsville Central Church of Christ, 407 Clinton Ave E, Huntsville, AL. You can just show up to any meeting.

Alabama Ballet Performances

It’s time to get your Alabama Ballet tickets for the year. Below is a schedule and price list for the available shows.  Please contact Amy Carrier for an order form at medic91spc@yahoo.com.

Deadline to order, submit payment, and cancellation is August 31.  

Children's tickets are FREE!!!! Adults are $20 each.  

2013-2014 SCHOOL SHOW SCHEDULE

The Alabama Ballet is excited to offer FREE student tickets to our 2013 - 2014 Student Matinees due to the generosity of our education and outreach sponsors. Student tickets are free, adult tickets are $20.

Jekyll & Hyde 
Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 10:00 AM
Dorothy Jemison Day Theatre, Alabama School of Fine Arts 
*High School Students Only

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™ 
Friday, December 13, 2013 - 10:00 AM
Tuesday, December 17, 2013 - 10:00 AM
Wright Center, Samford University

Romeo + Juliet 
Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 10:00 AM
Wright Center, Samford University

Agnes de Mille's Rodeo
Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 10:00 AM 
Dorothy Jemison Day Theatre, Alabama School of Fine Arts

Alabaster: Homeschool Baton Classes

Jamie Wilson, Director
Shelby Starlets Baton
109 Cloverdale Drive
Alabaster, AL 35007


They are looking to start a homeschool class, most likely Wednesdays from 10-11 AM at the Alabaster studio. Cost would be $45/child/month. Class is one hour in length. They're having open house 8/28 and 8/29 from 6-8 PM at the Alabaster studio.

Madison, Homeschool Martial Arts

Homeschoolers!
Traditional Martial Arts Academy of Madison, located at the intersection of County Line Road and Browns Ferry, is offering a special program just for homeschoolers!  

These daytime classes provide the perfect opportunity for your students to gain the benefits of martial arts training, including: discipline, focus, and self control. Kids from 5 to 13 can participate in a traditional Karate Program that is tailored just for their age group. For tweeners, teenagers, and parents, Jujutsu or Ninpo Taijutsu programs in self-defense are offered. Concurrent class times are available so the whole family can train at the same time.

Our homeschool schedule will initially offer classes from 1PM-2PM and 2:15PM-3:15PM. Reasonable monthly tuition allows your student to train two or three afternoons a week. Comprehensive semester based programs including uniforms and testing are available. Significant discounts for additional family members are available. Discounts for groups of 10 or more are also available.

Please call for pricing.

Sensei Erik is excited to answer any questions you may have regarding the program offered at Traditional Martial Arts Academy. If you or your homeschool group are interested in a demonstration of what is taught at the academy, please contact us at 256-509-0554 or sensei@traditionalmaaa.com.

Aug. 29, Madison: Homeschool Kick-Off Party

RESCHEDULED FOR AUGUST 29

Event: Huntsville/Madison Area Homeschool Kick-Off Party

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Place: Dublin Park, in Madison at the Kid's Kingdom area

Description: This is a great opportunity for all area homeschoolers and their families to socialize and share information for the upcoming school year. There will be information on upcoming park days, field trip, co-ops and more. The kids will have time to play and make new friends. 

TEENS!!  Special shout out to the teens!  We will be discussing events for the Huntsville Teen Scene at this party!  Please don't leave your teens at home for this party!!!

Important Details: Please bring your own chairs or blankets to sit on. You are also encouraged to bring any information you have on events or classes that might be of interest to other homeschoolers and a calendar for planning. You may also want to bring picnic supplies for your family.

For more information, please contact: 

This event is sponsored by Everest Academy but open to all homeschoolers regardless of church school affiliation!  

DATE CHANGE!!! August 27, Spanish Fort: Science Activity in a Bag Swap for Preschool and Early Elementary

Science Activity in a Bag Swap for Preschool and Early Elementary

Swapping bags at the Splash Pad @ Eastern Shore Centre 2:00pm on August 27, 2013.
(30500 State Highway 181, Spanish Fort, Alabama 36527)

What are activities in a bag you ask? They are great little activities that use things most have around the house to create a fantastic little activities that fit easily in a bag. They are easy to store and access. Average cost per bag $1 or less (most materials you will have around the house).

We need 25 moms or dads to participate in this swap. This particular swap will be science based. I have 3 science AIAB books, as well as others. So if everyone likes it we can do multiple swaps and have TONS of activities.

How it works? I will assign one activity and instructions to you once we get everyone signed up. You will put together 25 of the same activity. We will meet up and you will bring a reusable grocery bag with you. One of all the 25 activities will be placed in your bag, and you have 25 FUN activities to do with the kiddos.

Once you contact me, I will send you an activity that has complete instructions. 

DEADLINE FOR SIGN UP July 29th, 2013

Please RSVP to Jen Rogers:
Phone: 205-983-4028
Email: hippiemamajen@yahoo.com, if no response within 24h call me, your mail must have went to my "junk" folder.

Aug. 27, Gardendale: No School Zone Picnic, Splash Pad & Park Day

August 27
No School Zone Picnic, Splash Pad & Park Day
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Located at:
 2191 Fieldstown Road
Gardendale, AL 35071

Wow! It's time to celebrate NOT going back to school!! Let's celebrate together at Gardendale's Celebration Park. This park feature pavilions, clean bathrooms, lots of play equipment and an AWESOME splash pad. 

Click here for park information

Time: 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
What: No School Zone Picnic, Splash Pad & Park Day
Who: All homeschoolers welcome!
Cost: FREE

SPECIAL NOTE:  To prevent injury, please help keep the splash pad area to a maximum of 40 children at a time.  This means making sure that other children besides your children get an opportunity to play on the splashpad as well.  Thanks for your help with this!!!

Teens: Special shout to all homeschooling teens!!! We always have lots of teens at our events, so please don't leave your teens at home for this event! 

Picnic Lunch - Please bring a picnic and drinks for your family. 

Buy/Sell/Trade - Bring your gently-used curriculum, clothes, books, toys etc. that would benefit other families. We will have a Freecycle area set up. If you are selling or trading, please DO NOT put your for sale/trade items near the Freecycle area. Please take any of your left over items home with you when you leave. 

Things to bring:
bathing suit
picnic lunch and drinks for your family
chairs
sunscreen
games
Freecycle items
Friends 

Questions? Contact Deb Spradlin at everestacademy1@gmail.com.  You do not have to RSVP to attend.  

CANCELLED - American Girl Clubs Bham & Huntsville!

CLUB CANCELLED DUE TO LACK OF INTEREST

American Girl Club

Would you like to be more hands-on when teaching your kids about American History? Then this club is for you!!! As the name of the club suggests, our primary resource will be the books and other materials from the American Girl series (no dolls required); however, events may also include other resources such as visiting the Arlington House at Christmas time, attending a Native American Festival, or maybe attending a Civil War ball!

The American Girl Group is sponsored by, but not limited to, Everest Academy for Alabama Homeschoolers interested in learning American History through the use of the American Girl series of books. ALL members are expected to host at least once during the year. When you sign up, be prepared to provide the month(s), September to May, in which you are interested in hosting an event.  A hosting schedule will be announced at the beginning of the year; however, if all hosting has been fulfilled, please consider offering to co-host if the scheduled host is interested.

The American Girl Club will organize events and communicate through a Facebook group.*


* For security, Facebook groups are "closed", please contact Deb Spradlin at everestacademy1@gmail.com for information on joining this group.


  

Meet the American Girls
Click on the link above to play games, download wallpapers, send E-cards and more!!! 

American Girl Club Events
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Student Spotlight: Dakota Morrow

If you are an Everest family and want to spotlight your student, please send a write up along with a picture (optional) to everestacademy1@gmail.com .  
Huntsville, AL - DAKOTA MORROW of CORDOVA, AL recently attended AVIATION CHALLENGE at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, home of SPACE CAMP and NASA's official Visitor Information Center for Marshall Space Flight Center. The weeklong educational program promotes science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), while training students and adults with hands-on activities and missions based on teamwork, leadership and decision-making.

DAKOTA was part of the AVIATION CHALLENGE MACH III Program, a program specifically designed for trainees who have an interest in military aviation and the mechanics of flight. He spent the week training with a team that flew a simulated F/A-18 fighter jet. The crew learned critical land and water survival skills and mastered Top Gun flying maneuvers. DAKOTA and crew returned to land in time to graduate with honors. 

Aviation Challenge crew trainers who lead each 16-member team must have at least a year of college, and the majority of staff are college graduates.  Aviation Challenge operates year-round in Huntsville, Alabama, and uses fighter pilot training techniques to engage trainees in real-world applications of STEM subjects. Students sleep in barracks designed to resemble military bays. More than 600,000 trainees have graduated from SPACE CAMP since its opening in Huntsville in 1982, including STS-131 astronaut Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger.  Last year, children and teachers from all 50 states and 58 international locations attend SPACE CAMP.

Interested in training like an astronaut? Visit www.spacecamp.com or call 1-800-63 SPACE.

Aug. 20, Jasper: Homeschool Swim/We're not going Back to School Party

Homeschool Swim/We're not going Back to school party at Jasper Natatorium. Kids will be back in school & we are going to meet-up at the Jasper pool to get to know one another, let the kids get some good exercise & we can all socialize. 

Tuesday, August 20th 12p-2p
Bring a snack to share & drinks for your family.

Tuesdays at 12p will continue to be the homeschool swim day/time for this the school year. 
This is open to all homeschool families, regardless of cover. This is not a drop-off event, you are responsible for & must stay with your children.

Homeschool swimmers: $2 each

Hope to see many new faces! Can't wait to meet you!

For more information, please contact Sherry Morrow at themorrowclan@yahoo.com.  This event is sponsored by Everest Academy but open to all homeschoolers!  Hope to see you there!

Student Spotlight: Sela McDonald UA Early College Ambassador

Everest Academy Students Participate in UA Early College

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Sela McDonald, student at Everest Academy Homeschool in McCalla, has been selected to serve as a 2013-2014 UA Early College ambassador. Sela joins over 1,000 students across the United States who are earning college credit at a four-year university while remaining in high school. The program offers students an opportunity to earn college credits online, by distance, while still in high school. 

High school students can earn up to a full year of college credit through UA Early College while remaining in high school.  

“UA Early College is designed to accommodate high school students’ busy schedules.  Our online classes are available 24 hours a day/7 days a week, so students have the flexibility to study and complete college work ahead of deadlines,” said Dr. Cheree Causey, director of UA Early College. “Students from Alabama to Ohio, California to Vermont, are part of a global classroom, participating together in discussions, chat, and group projects.”  

“Early college has given me tons of opportunities, I have been able to do an internship with the Entrepreneurial Internship Program at the University of Alabama for two years in a row. It has also given me a big head start in my college career.”  

In its fourth year, UA Early College has over 1,000 students with a 3.5 cumulative GPA in their University of Alabama courses. UA Early College students choose when they take courses – every term, during the summer, or in selected terms as their high school schedule allows. A number of students participated in the UA Early College Summer Residential Experience this year, living on campus, making new friends, and earning 6 credit hours.  

Early College credits transfer broadly to most colleges and universities across the nation.  Students who complete 17+ UA Early College credit hours with a 2.5+ grade point average are eligible for admission to The University of Alabama without submitting an ACT score and receive priority assignment for Housing. UA Early College students also benefit from a partial tuition scholarship that reduces the cost of tuition.  

“This is an excellent program for motivated high school students who are prepared to take college-level courses,” Causey said. “Peer coaches and other support networks are in place to help the student transition to college-level study. We accept students throughout the year – spring, summer, and fall.”

To enroll in UA Early College, students must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher, and a transcript sent by a counselor, principal or homeschool agent.  High school students may apply to UA Early College anytime from the fall of their sophomore year through the summer following their high school graduation. For more information on UA Early College, including application deadlines, tuition and scholarships, visit http://uaearlycollege.ua.edu or call 1-877-823-8759.

“I will also be glad to help answer any questions anyone has, or to point you in the right direction,” Sela McDonald, email: smcdonald1@crimson.ua.edu

If you are an Everest student and have a story to share, please email us at everestacademy1@gmail.com.  

Noteworthy Homeschoolers

Wow!  Have you noticed how many homeschoolers there are these days?  Have you heard people refer to this "new" craze of homeschooling?  But is it new?  Absolutely not!  In fact, just the opposite.  Homeschooling has been around for hundreds of years, far longer than the relatively new compulsory school laws.  What?  You don't believe me?  It's true!  The first compulsory attendance law was adopted in Massachusetts in 1852. During the next 15 years, no other state followed Massachusetts, but beginning in 1867, a steady stream of states began adopting compulsory attendance laws, and by 1918 all states had enacted them.

Why would the government enact a compulsory school law?  Government control baby!  Do you notice the dates?  This huge turn toward compulsory schooling was immediately following the ending of the Civil War.  Well, they certainly didn't want THAT to happen again, so they decided to transfer the responsibility of the education of the children from the family unit to the state.  In other words, they wanted to make controllable "sheeple" out of the people by giving the children their version of history, agenda, etc.  This still goes on today. 


So now that you know that homeschooling is not a new phenomenon, let's look at some of the folks from the past and the present who have made it big.  There are countless homeschoolers in history, and I have listed just a few.  I have also tried to list some of the present-day homeschoolers that your children can relate to.  You know, on one of "those" days, you could say, "Hey!  Did you know that Miley Cyrus homeschooled?"  

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Activists
  • Peter Jennings, News Anchor - During his lifetime, Peter Jennings amassed numerous journalism rewards. He received 14 Emmys and 2 Peabody Awards. He was also granted the Edward R. Murrow Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004, and the Fred Friendly First Amendment Award in 2001. Shortly after his death, Mayor Bloomberg of New York City designated part of 66th street as Peter Jennings Way, in recognition of Jennings’ sterling contributions to journalism.


Artists 
  • Claude Monet
  • Grandma Moses
  • Leonardo da Vinci
  • Rembrandt 
  • Peale
Athletes 
  • Michelle Kwan - American figure skater who won nine U.S. championships, five World Championships, and two Olympic medals. She competed at a high level for over a decade and is the most decorated figure skater in U.S. history. Known for her consistency and expressive artistry on ice, she is widely considered one of the greatest figure skaters of all time.
  • Kaitlyn Weaver - ice dancer

  • Serena & Venus Williams - Venus and Serena Williams, known the world over for their remarkable tennis playing abilities, were home-schooled by their father from middle school on. As part of their education, they put on tennis clinics for underprivileged children and spoke in inner city schools.

Authors 
  • Agatha Christie
  • Alex Haley

  • ALEX AND BRETT HARRIS founded TheRebelution.com in August 2005 and today, at age 19, are among the most widely read teen writers on the Web. The twins are frequent contributors to Focus on the Family's webzine Boundless, serve as the main speakers for The Rebelution Tour conferences, and have been featured nationally on MSNBC, CNN, NPR, and The New York Times, as well as in publications like WORLD magazine, Breakaway, and Ignite Your Faith. Their first book, Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations, was released on April 15, 2008, by Multnomah Books.  Sons of homeschool pioneers Gregg and Sono Harris and younger brothers of best-selling author Joshua Harris (I Kissed Dating Goodbye), Alex and Brett have a passion for God and for their generation. Their personal interests include politics, filmmaking, music, basketball, and soccer. And food. They like food.  Alex and Brett are freshmen at Patirck Henry College in Purcellville, Virginia. When they're not at school or out doing conferences they live with their parents and three younger siblings near Portland, Oregon, where they attend Household of Faith Community Church.
  • C.S. Lewis
  • Charles Dickens
  • Christopher Paolini - Christopher began writing the first volume of the Inheritance trilogy when he completed a home school high school curriculum at the age of 15. The trilogy consists of Eragon and Eldest, and Brisingr.

  • George Bernard Shaw
  • Hans Christian Anderson
  • Louisa May Alcott
  • Margaret Atwood
  • Mark Twain
  • Phillis Wheatley
  • Pearl S. Buck
  • Robert Frost practiced education by poetry with his children, since to him, the two were one and the same. Thus, poetry became part of the everyday life of the Frost family. His daughters Lesley, Irma, Marjorie and son Carol were home-schooled by their parents. Along with the basic instruction, they were encouraged to develop their powers of observation and cultivate their imaginations. Reading and writing were intended to be both pleasurable and a vehicle of discovery.
  • Virginia Woolf
Businessmen 
  • Andrew Carnegie
  • Colonel Harland Sanders
  • Dave Thomas
  • Joseph Pulitzer
  • Ray Kroc
Composers 
  • Felix Mendelssohn
  • Irving Berlin
  • John Philip Sousa
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conservation
  •  Bindi Erwin - Bindi Sue Irwin was born on the 24th July 1998 in Queensland, Australia to her two proud parents Steve and Terri Irwin. From the very first day of her birth, Bindi has been involved with her Mum and Dad's filming and wildlife conservation work and handled everything from spiders and snakes to crocodiles and elephants. She has traveled extensively all over the world with her family and made numerous appearances in not only most of her parent's television programs but guest spots on many worldwide talk shows.  Bindi is homeschooled and making excellent grades — a first class student who likes "creative writing" best and not too keen on math. She sponsors a World Vision unprivileged child in Asia and donates a lot of her time and pocket money to help Wildlife Warriors Worldwide (her dad's conservation charity) and assists at the Australian Wildlife Hospital.
 

Entertainers 
  • Aaron Carter - Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter
  • Adam Paskowitz - lead singer, The FlysAlan Alda
  • Alyson "Aly" Michalka and Amanda Joy "AJ" Michalka - sister singing duo and actresses
  • Alexander Gould - actor, voice of Nemo in Finding Nemo
  • Barlow Girl - Alyssa, Rebecca, and Lauren Contemporary Christian Music
  • Brenda Song
  • Charlie Chaplin
  • Chris Brown - R&B singer, dancer, actor
  • Chris Thile, the recording artist and mandolin genius, was homeschooled, as were Sarah and Sean Watkins.
  • Christina Aguilera
  • Cole & Dylan Sprouse
  • Dakota Fanning
  • Demi Lovato
  • Devon Werkheiser - actor known for the role Ned Bigby on "Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide"
  • Elijah Wood actor best known as Frodo in the The Lord of the RingsEmile Hirsch, Actor - Recently starred in Into the WildSpeed Racer and Milk. Graduated from Beach High, a homeschool program.
  • Erika Christensen - actress
  • Evan Rachel Wood
  • Frankie Muniz - child actor 
  • Hanson

  • Houdini in milk can
    Harry Houdini, born Ehrich Weiss on April 6, 1874, in Budapest, Hungary, was the son of Dr. Mayer Samuel Weiss, a Jewish rabbi, and Cecilia Steiner Weiss. He legally changed his name in 1913.  Houdini is said to be one of the most influential magicians of the 20th century. His specialty was any type of escape, including slipping out of ropes, chains, and handcuffs while locked in trunks and milk cans or submerged under water.

    Houdini became world famous by barnstorming across America and around the globe. He died on October 31, 1926, at the age of 52, after his appendix ruptured and peritonitis set in.

    Houdini had little formal education, but his self-education was a lifelong pursuit. "My mind," he is often quoted as saying, "is the key that sets me free."
  • Hayden Panettiere - actress best known for her role as Claire Bennet in Heroes and in "Remember the Titans"
  • Hillary Duff
  • Hume brothers - Jon, Peter, and Dann of the Evermore alternative rock band from New Zealand
  • Jacob Clemente - Broadway Actor  Jena Malone
  • Jennifer Love Hewitt
  • Jeremy Sumpter - actor
  • Jonas Brothers - Kevin, Joe, and Nick Performers
  • Jordin Sparks - singer, actress, model and American Idol winner 
  • Justin Timberlake 
  • Kristen Stewart
  • LeAnne Rimes 
  • Lindsey Shaw - actress known for her role as Jennifer Mosely on "Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide"Louis Armstrong 
  • Maria von Trapp - one of the Von Trapp Family Singers, the third child of Captain von Trapp
  • Miley Cyrus
 
  • Moffatts - Canadian version of Hanson 
  • Nickel Creek Band - 3 Members 
  • Raven Symone - actress 
  • Rebecca St. James - contemporary Christian recording artist 
  • Ryan Gosling - Most notable for his role as Noah on "The Notebook".  His mother started homeschooling him because he got into too many fights in school.
  • Selena Gomez
  • Sofia Vassilieva - actress 
  • Spencer Breslin and Abigail Breslin, Actors - Spencer starred in Disney's "The Kid," "The Cat in the Hat," "Raising Helen," and "The Santa Claus Part 2." Abigail starred in "Kit Kittredge: An American Girl."
  • Taylor Swift 
  • Tyler Hoechlin, Actor - In many ways, the real star of Road to Perdition is California homeschooler Tyler Hoechlin, who plays 12 year-old Michael Jr. Hoechlin, in his first major role, gives a convincing portrayal of a young man who both idolizes and fears his father. 
  • Whoopi Goldberg
  • Yehudi Menuhin - child prodigy violinist
Explorers 
  • Davy Crockett
  • George Rogers Clark
Inventors 
  • Alexander Graham Bell
  • Benjamin Franklin 
  • Cyrus McCormick
  • Eli Whitney 
  • Thomas Edison - The world’s greatest inventor, Thomas Edison, was home schooled by his mother, Nancy Elliot Edison. After performing poorly in the traditional one-room schoolhouse of yesteryear, his mother refused to believe the teacher’s assessment that young Tom’s “brains were addled” (mentally slow). Clearly Tom was experiencing the world quite differently from his classmates, and mother Nancy knew her son had quite a bit of capability from the things he was doing and experimenting with around the house. Through a great deal of nurturing and leadership, she gave him the basic tools to learn, both in the form of process and content; and empowered him to learn.

    Nancy Edison encouraged her son to have both a head and hands approach to learning, allowing him to have his own laboratory in their small basement-a place where his father became quite concerned as various small explosions emanated, along with strange smells. Nancy endured over dad’s protests and imbued Tom with four life-long pillars of learning:
    • Do not be afraid to fail, keep trying, learn from your mistakes
    • Read across the entire span of literature, not just what you like
    • It is OK to work with your hands and learn from life, not all important things come from books
    • Never stop learning, keep improving yourself.
    In later years, a grown and very successful Thomas acknowledged that his mother’s discipline for a focused life was responsible for his great success. Today we hear a great deal of classroom interest in involving children in a head and hands learning environment. Renovated and new museums almost always involve head and hands exhibits or hands-on themes for learning.
    Tom obviously learned differently from the standard rote learning and recitation of the day. It was fundamentally necessary for Edison to have a visceral feel for the information he was learning, especially for a need to experiment and react to the results of those experiments. Throughout his life Edison developed a love for literature and could quote many great poems and passages.
    His life-long learning style motivated his strenuous recording of experiments, thoughts, and observations in thousands of detailed laboratory notebooks, which scholars are still mining today, 79 years after his death. So intense was his love of information, communications, and learning that he placed his own corporate office in his beautiful and well-stocked library. To him, a corporation was a continuous learning environment. In our Information Revolution today, symbolized by the ubiquitous Internet, Edison would be one very happy fellow!
  • Orville & Wilbur Wright

Military Leaders 
  • Douglas MacArthur
  • George Patton
  • John Paul Jones
  • Robert E. Lee
  • Stonewall Jackson
  • Matthew Perry
Photographers 
  • Ansel Adams was an American photographer and environmentalist, best known for his black-and-white photographs of the American West, especially in Yosemite National Park.
Presidents 
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Andrew Jackson
  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt
  • George Washington
  • Grover Cleveland
  • James Garfield
  • James Madison
  • John Adams
  • John Quincy Adams
  • John Tyler
  • Theodore Roosevelt
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • William Henry Harrison
  • Woodrow Wilson
Religious Leaders 
  • Brigham Young
  • Dwight L. Moody
  • Joan of Arc
  • John & Charles Wesley
  • William Carey
Scientists 
  • Albert Einstein
  • Luther Burbank, the renowned horticulturist (plant breeder) was born in 1849. His experiments in agriculture that resulted in over 800 new plant varieties, changed farming in California and across the world. Visit the Luther Burbank Virtual Museum to learn more. Get a plant field guide and identify some of the common plants that grow in your area as you spot them in your car travels.
  • Blaise Pascal
  • Booker T. Washington
  • George Washington Carver
  • Pierre Curie
Statesman 
  • Alexander Hamilton
  • Daniel Webster
  • Patrick Henry
  • William Jennings Bryan
  • William Penn
  • Winston Churchill
United States Supreme Court Judges 
  • John Jay
  • John Marshall
  • John Rutledge
  • Sandra Day O’Connor
Women 
  • Abigail Adams, wife of John Adams
  • Clara Barton, started the red cross
  • Florence Nightingale, nurse
  • Martha Washington, wife of George Washington
  • Susan B. Anthony, women’s rights leader
Famous Homeschooling Parents 
  • Lisa Whelchel
  • Kelley Preston and John Travolta
  • Will and Jada Pinkett Smith 
  • Chuck Norris

  • Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie
  • Tom Cruise
  • Darrell Waltrip - NASCAR RacerNASA 
  • Astronaut Homeschools - Just a brief mention in the biography of astronaut Duane G. "Digger" Carey that he and his wife homeschool their two children. 
  • Jimmy "Jimbo" Wales, Wikipedia Founder - He and his wife, Christine, home-school their six-year-old daughter, Kira, who is already doing third grade maths and reading at 12-year-old level.