Just for Fun!

Plato once said:

"Knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind. Let early education be a sort of amusement; this will better enable you to find out the natural bent of the child."

Famous Homeschool Families

Jumping Boy.

Garth Brooks, Singer

On the Howie Mandel show, one of the guests was Garth Brooks. Did you know his three daughters are homeschooled? He said his wife does all the teaching because they're too advanced for him: the girls are 2, 4 and 6! He said his family started traveling with him and it really helped to save his marriage. Homeschooling seemed like the logical choice to him. (Written by Ann Zeise and posted on "A to Z Home's Cool: Success Stories" at http://homeschooling.gomilpitas.com/weblinks/Famous.htm.)

Von Trapp Family Singers

Annie and Stefan VonTrapp (a grandson of Captain and Maria VonTrapp whose stories were told in the movie "The Sound of Music" ) homeschool their four children, the modern Von Trapp Family Singers. Visit their website at www.vontrappchildren.com to learn more. (From "Practical Homeschooling" issue number 65, July/Aug. 2005)

NASA Astronaut Duane G. "Digger" Carey

He and his wife homeschool their two children. http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/carey.html

Famous Artist Andrew Wyeth

Andrew Wyeth attended school until the third grade. After that, he was homeschooled (including art!). http://www.nfgcc.org/51.htm

"Blair" from the "Facts of Life" 1980's T.V. sitcom (Lisa Whelchel, actress)

She homeschools her three children. She says: Before you could say "no college degree," I had succeeded in teaching a kindergartner, first-grader, and second-grader "reading, 'riting and 'rithmetic." We were having so much fun, you couldn't have paid me to send my kids to school. http://www.lisawhelchel.com/my_house.htm

Spencer Breslin (child actor)

Spencer, 8 years old and starring in Disney's "The Kid," "The Cat in the Hat," "Raising Helen," and "The Santa Claus Part 2," is homeschooled. http://www.spencerbreslin.com/

Erik Demaine

The home-schooled whiz kid from Halifax who last year became the youngest professor hired by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has won a MacArthur Fellowship, better known as "The Genius Award". http://theory.lcs.mit.edu/~edemaine/

Rick Santorum, U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania

Senator Santorum, a homeschooling dad, said, "I wanted to make sure I could put my kids to bed every night at a minimum and be with them on days when I'm off." http://santorum.senate.gov/public/

Dr. Robert Schaaf, M.D. and MO House of Representatives for Andrew and Buchanan Counties

www.house.mo.gov/bills061/member/mem028.htm

Homeschoolers Succeeding and in the News

2005 SW Missouri Society of Professional Journalists Essay Contest Winner Homeschooled

After winning first place, homeschooler Katie Roberts from Walnut Shade, MO, took third place in the national competition and earned a scholarship for $300. The Society of Professional Journalists is the nations largest journalism organization. You may visit their website at www.spj.org.

Sunbeam "Everyday Solutions" Winner was a Homeschooled Student from Missouri

Megan Hansen, a 7-year-old homeschooler from Lee's Summit, MO, won the Sunbeam "Everyday Solutions" Contest earlier this year (2005) with her essay that described her invention.

2005 National Geographic Bee Chamption Homeschooled

Nathan Cornelus, 13 year old homeschooler from Cottonwood, Minnesota, became the 2005 champion on May 25. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.com/geographybee/.

2005 National Scripts Spelling Bee: Homeschooler Takes Second Place

Samir Patel from Colleyville, TX, took second place and earned a hefty $6,000 prize. Prior homeschool winners were Rebecca Sealfon in 1997 and George Thampy in 2000. Learn more about the competition at www.spellingbee.com.

Beauty of Maths!

1 x 8 + 1 = 9
12 x 8 + 2 = 98
123 x 8 + 3 = 987
1234 x 8 + 4 = 9876
12345 x 8 + 5 = 98765
123456 x 8 + 6 = 987654
1234567 x 8 + 7 = 9876543
12345678 x 8 + 8 = 98765432
123456789 x 8 + 9 = 987654321

1 x 9 + 2 = 11
12 x 9 + 3 = 111
123 x 9 + 4 = 1111
1234 x 9 + 5 = 11111
12345 x 9 + 6 = 111111
123456 x 9 + 7 = 1111111
1234567 x 9 + 8 = 11111111
12345678 x 9 + 9 = 111111111
123456789 x 9 +10= 1111111111

9 x 9 + 7 = 88
98 x 9 + 6 = 888
987 x 9 + 5 = 8888
9876 x 9 + 4 = 88888
98765 x 9 + 3 = 888888
987654 x 9 + 2 = 8888888
9876543 x 9 + 1 = 88888888
98765432 x 9 + 0 = 888888888

Brilliant, isn't it?

And finally, take a look at this symmetry:

1 x 1 = 1
11 x 11 = 121
111 x 111 = 12321
1111 x 1111 = 1234321
11111 x 11111 = 123454321
111111 x 111111 = 12345654321
1111111 x 1111111 = 1234567654321
11111111 x 11111111 = 123456787654321
111111111 x 111111111=12345678987654321

(Thanks, Lara M., for these fun math facts!)