Famous Homeschoolers…

Most people are unaware of how many world leaders, celebrities and world changers – not to forget scholars – who were homeschooled for various reasons. Many were discarded by mainstream and even private schools!

(Thanks to Wikipedia,


  • Alexander Hamilton – 1st secretary of the treasury of the US
  • Leonardo da Vinci inventor, artist
  • George Washington – 1st president of the US
  • John & Abigail Adams – 2nd president of the US and his wife
  • Thomas Jefferson – 3rd president of the US
  • James Madison – 4th president of the US
  • John Quincy Adams – 6th president of the US
  • Andrew Jackson – 7th president of the US
  • William Henry Harrison – 9th president of the US
  • John Tyler – 10th president of the US
  • James Garfield – 20th president of the US
  • Grover Cleveland – 22nd and 24th president of the US
  • Theodore Roosevelt – 26th President of the US
  • Woodrow Wilson – 28th President of the US
  • Franklin D Roosevelt – 32nd President of the US
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – composer
  • Florence Nightingale – founder of modern nursing
  • Louisa May Alcott – novelist
  • Alexander Graham Bell – inventor
  • Lewis Caroll – mathematician, logician, and author
  • Thomas Edison – inventor
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder – author of the Little House series of children’s novels
  • Virginia Woolf – novelist and a central figure in the influential Bloomsbury Group of intellectuals
  • Erwin Schrödinger – Nobel prize-winning physicist, homeschooled until age 10
  • J R R Tolkien – English writer, poet, philologist, and university professor
  • Francis Collins – physician-geneticist, discovered a number of disease genes, and led the Human Genome Project
  • Julian Assange – founder of WikiLeaks
  • Lindsay Lohan – actress
  • Hilary Duff – actor
  • Jonas Brothers – musicians, actors
  • Hayden Panettiere – actress
  • Emma Watson – actress and model
  • Demi Lovato – actress and singer
  • Miranda Cosgrove – actress, singer
  • Alan Alda – actor
  • Agatha Christie – author
  • Abraham Lincoln – 16th president US
  • CS Lewis – author
  • Yehudi Menuhin – violinist
  • Beatrix Potter – author
  • Joseph Priestley – scientist, theologian
  • Venus & Serena Williams – athletes
  • Kristen Stewart – actor
  • Condoleza Rice – National security advisor/Secretary of state US
  • Ryan Gosling – actor
  • Justin Timberlake – singer
  • Claude Monet – artist
  • Wright Brothers – pioneers/inventors
  • Charles Dickens – author
  • Robert Frost – author
  • Louis Armstrong – musician, singer
  • Whoopi Goldberg – actress
  • Hanson Brothers – musicians, singers
  • Charlie Chaplin – actor
  • Benjamin Franklin – inventor, scientist, author
  • Jennifer Love Hewitt – actress
  • Winston Churchill – UK Prime Minister
  • Albert Einstein – scientist
  • Joan of Arc – revolutionary, saint

We can’t help but feel in good company here. The sky is the limit!













Resources for Middle and High School

There is so much information available today. Did you know some of the most amazing human beings and leaders were homeschooled? This was one of the first things we researched when we began homeschooling – because we wanted to know we really were in good company. And many of the best, only had books to learn from – many of their parents were not even formally educated. Today – despite being avid readers and book collectors, we are grateful for what the internet provides.

By Year 7, Aixa had already begun basic free university courses. And as soon as Anais returned to homeschooling, an entire new world opened, with courses we couldn’t hope to begin until after Year 12! Below are some of our favourites, but please know it is only the tip of the iceberg. We suggest you do an online search for FREE university courses – regardless of whether you finished high school or not.

Many of our friends want to homeschool but their parents are worried about what others tell them. We find it odd that people who have no experience in it, have the most to say. If you want to know, ask another parent who has gone through it. Or ask a child who does it. If you have learning difficulties, are being bullied or you feel you are being held back, seriously – please ask your parents to look into it.

While we still buy second hand text books for our year or the one above us just so we can ensure we are ‘sticking to it’ we search outside the box for our courses at the beginning of each year, so that we begin the new school year doing a lot of reading and text book work – by the 3rd or 4th week we are in the swing of things; building an ever-increasing repertoire which is a mish-mash of knowledge throughout history and from around the world.

One of the major issues we discuss at home is the lack, in mainstream, of teaching LIFE skills. What about money management? Confidence? Communication? Personal development? Social skills? Relationships? Conflict resolution? There is so much emphasis on sex education, yet nothing on HOW to treat people, whether friends or personal relationships. No wonder so many marriages fail! And in the future – what about parenting?

Or what career to choose? So little is made of these things and if our parents were not so successful at these choices, who can teach us if we don’t know where to look? Also, what if our parents have  We make a point of studying important social topics as much as we study core topics. As a result, we have been able to socialise and communicate with people of all ages with confidence and ease – and we both have multiple plans for our future.

Some of the courses are free, while others do attract a fee, usually discounted. You are even able to get full, accredited degrees online! There are many teens out there who have their first degree at 18 years of age.

Setting Up –

Bev Paine – resources and guidelines

Harding Family – Degrees by age 15?

Study skills – smarter learning

Brain Pop learning tools

Get educated for free

Western Australian Curriculum (You can find your particular options according to your region/state/nation)

Life Skills – 

Personal Development

Plan your career path

Effective altruism

Eco Voice

Creating confidence

Reading/Research/English/Grammar – 

Amazing eBook resource

Massive resources and educational links

Free read

Complete William Shakespeare

Art – 

Colour Theory for Artists/Designers

Incredible art lessons

Veterinary Studies – Animal Husbandry – 

Comparative animal behaviour

Applied animal behaviour

Maths –

Basic maths – Years 7 – 12

Math Goodies – clear guidance/explanations

Engineering –

What is a Keppe Motor?

Scratch IT

Sport/Phys Ed –

Fitness Training Principles & Methods

Science –

How stuff works – answers



Amazing Science

Easy Fun Science Experiments

Language –


Digital dialects


Ted Talks for families

Ted Talks for homeschool success

Online degrees Ted Talks

Encouraging our youth Ted Talks

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez – One of the most inspiring Homeschooled youths of our time

As mentioned this is not all that is available but via the links you will open a world of education and limitless options. If you would like us to add anything else that we may have forgotten please let us know!












Starting Out – for Toddlers & Small Kids…

While we didn’t officially do homeschooling in the early years, Mum began each of us on a home-made program early on, so that by the time we started Kindy, we already knew how to spell our name, do the alphabet and numbers, identify colours, shapes and a few other general things.

What upset us at the time – and made Mum angry – was that we were then told we had to unlearn and re-learn it ‘properly’. One of our sister’s friends was reading the daily newspaper by Pre-School and she was actually banned from doing this, only to be taught all over again. It is no surprise that by senior high, her Mum once again took her out of mainstream school. Like with our older sisters, it was obvious that her educational level was going backwards instead of forwards, as she got older.

We have a 3-year-old niece and our sister has already started, by building a fun educational corner in their house, and providing educational shows to watch on TV. She is already not a fan of silly baby shows that seem to teach them how to act like babies rather than use their intellect to learn.

When she comes to stay with us, she shows how far ahead she is of her peers. Mum recently set up a few easy projects and we couldn’t help but giggle when she kept saying, “Silly Nana. That’s easy!” How many 3-year-olds can say the alphabet, count not just forward but backward, can identify just about any dinosaur and other animal put in front of them? And she not only sings entire songs but keeps perfect time. She does not receive many regular or electronic toys – even her first toys were educational and musical. We already have jam sessions!

And it is all fun. No drills. Just fun.

So, what have we found that we know we would enjoy? Mum has helped us put this together because we have been watching our sister set up for our niece. It can be done at home, as our niece has already proven. There is no reason to feel inadequate because parents can learn along with their kids. And it’s all free.

English – 

Letters and sounds (phonics) resources

Phonics play – printouts, games & resources

Reading –

Read Eggs – learn to read

Reading Rockets – young readers


Illustrated Classics


International children’s library

Spelling – 

Spelling City – vocabulary builder

Society & Environmental – 

Kids Geo – Our earth – geography & geology

All Core subjects –

Sparklebox – thousands of resources



Special education/needs –

Help Kidz Learn

Language –

10 Free Sites

Games for learning language

How-To for Parents –

Home School Australia – Bev Paine resources

Art – 

DIY glitter slime

Incredible Art – K – 12

These are the foundations – we will add more as we find them. Getting the kids to see education as fun, not a chore, will help prepare them to allow them to form anything into an educational game. We included language because we have always been taught that as children learn faster than adults. getting a child into a foreign language early is a privilege and will give them a head start.

From these links you can build the basis of all subjects, whether core or elective. There are so many networks now and Facebook has many social groups for homeschooling. You may want to do what we have done; find a homeschool group in your area so your kids can take part in social activities from an early age rather than just either mainstream playgroups or daycare (things our own Mum has not been a huge fan of for us).

© Aixa & Anais Kenzig 2016










Build Your Own Path

Image result for future path for a child

Kids go into the system of fostering usually because they go through either or all of a complex range of sad issues; they had no mentally stable parent, parents in jail, no parents at all or were legally taken away from their guardians for whatever reason (some unfounded).

Some foster children believe that no matter the situation at home, that was where they were most safe. Because they knew where they would wake up in the morning and fall asleep at night; not worried that social workers would take them away.

Unfortunately, this is all taken away when you hear that doorbell ring for the last time. You open that door and see a person standing there in a suit, telling you that it would be alright and that they would make sure that you would be in a good home. Sadly, these people usually had no idea what the house was like, just reading the report was good enough for them.

For other kids it is a blessing, knowing that someone would come and take them to a new “safe” house. This is often the best feeling (at the time) to some of these kids knowing that they would be taken from whatever madness was happening where they lived; knowing that they wouldn’t be put through this again.

A foster life can be likened to a game popular with many kids in this situation – hopscotch. Because every time they were sent to a new house, they would jump onto another brick. Some were lucky to have only needed to have jumped once. Others would keep playing the game, even if it was no longer fun; they had no choice. Some kids got scared and jumped off their bricks, out of the game; others were brave and stayed. Believing they had something in the future for them. Just patiently waiting.

Some kids would have 1 or 2 ‘bricks’ to jump across while others had 7 or 8 (or more) bricks. These kids could never called these houses actual “homes”, but as soon as they were close to the realization that this might be their home, they were moved. The more bricks they jumped across, the more distant the end seemed to be; leaving them less trusting of anyone, and this made it hard for them to stay in one house.

Some kids were fortunate enough to reach that last brick and find their everlasting family, while others just grew too old to play the game. And were alone in the world. We all need someone whether we know it or not; it’s human nature to have longed for the warmth of a family or the warmth of someone else’s arms. These are two of the richest things out there. We all need them.

If you have to, build your own path with the bricks you played on. Allow for people to see that foster kids are more than a sob story. Show them that you can actually create something for yourself. So, get up and…

Build. Your. Own. Path.

© Anais Kenzig 2016

When every day is an excursion…


We often feel sad for our friends because we know they are stuck doing things they may not enjoy. For us, being self-starters, we can dictate when we start or finish our work. For Twin 2 (Aixa), schoolwork does not start until between 10 – 11 am. By then, animal chores have been done and if I feel like cooking, that is just something I include. Some days I am finished by 3pm but often I am so engrossed in my work that I can keep going until well after 6pm. I try to fit in language (Zulu/Latin) every day and veterinary studies are usually part of my everyday program.

For Twin 1 (Anais), schoolwork starts really early – sometimes around 7am; simply because I am an early riser like Mum. I try to get in my language (German) studies and Art every day, while spacing all the other subjects during the week. I am usually finished by 1pm; although like Aixa, I can get so involved that I am still working well after 3pm. The difference is, that it is enjoyable and somehow, I have managed to race well ahead of my peers – even finishing textbooks intended for my year, long before the end of the year.

So, what are our excursions? We have learned – very fast – how to make everything a learned, fun-filled process. Shopping becomes a research program and when we are out; even if it is just for a walk, we find something to come home and research. We go to the beach often and we incorporate historical architecture into this, because we usually drive through older suburbs.


One of our first homeschool excursions involved every subject you could name – so we mapped out our plan, travelled by bus, train and ferry. We went to the WA Art Gallery and Museum. We walked around the city centre and marked out historical buildings and gardens. More recently, we did the same in Fremantle – while taking our grandmother out for the day and meeting up at the harbour. All at our own pace.

We regularly do road-trips and travel out to the wheatbelt to visit our grandfather – this can become everything from a history lesson courtesy of stories Poppy shares, to geography, land management, environmental studies, genealogy and so many other things. It just depends on what/who we see or do each time we are out.

We are currently working on bigger and better excursions…

Why charity means so much to us.


We grew up in the Salvation Army – in fact, Mum volunteered in the Salvo store attached to our Corps up until just before we were born. As we grew up, even our older sisters were involved in homeless volunteering.

Later on, we joined a mission Church and from a young age, we were involved in raising funds and awareness for African missions. We collected donations plus we bought and sold things to raise money for our own charity – Mukwano Mwana – based in Uganda.


It is a major part of our church – just recently we were involved in filling almost 150 shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child, and in the same week, we sorted and packed up 4 giant boxes to send to our charities in Uganda, from our own home – 3 orphan/widow centres and one animal welfare centre.

Our noisy house…

Being a musical family, we are never far away from instruments and music. While Twin 1 (Anais) focuses more on vocals these days, I have tried my hand at classical guitar and keyboard.

Meanwhile, Twin 2 (Aixa) focuses on jazz and some opera, with a keen interest in alto saxophone, drums and clarinet. One of my dreams is to sing in Phantom of the Opera.

We are blessed to have amassed a good range of instruments over the years – a half a dozen guitars, 2 keyboards, saxophone, clarinet, bass, a range of percussion instruments, etc. It’s also very exciting that our eldest sister is a good vocal coach, while our middle sister is studying sound engineering.

We also do performance pieces at church and with our Youth Group. We have spent time in a recording studio when we were small but one day we hope to take it further.

We will share clips when we are able.

Our social life…

One of the most common misconceptions about homeschooling is the perceived lack of socialisation. Okay so if you ask Twin 1 (Anais) the answer will always be that there is never enough social time in a week. For Twin 2 (Aixa) well, weeks could go by and if a good book and animals were the only companions, you would not get a single complaint – unless you were asking me to get some good clothes on and be sociable.

We catch up with family and friends regularly; whether visiting our grandparents, or having sleep-overs with good friends. Most afternoons Aixa can be found at a nearby horse property (Falls Farm) gaining as much equine knowledge as possible. During this time, more than adequate social catch-ups are done.

During the week there is music practice, shopping ‘excursions’ and on Sunday there is Church (Destiny Empowered) and Youth Group which encompasses everything from music to performing arts to movie making and public performances. We are a loud, vocal bunch and we hope to be able to share some clips soon.

God Loves Us ALL – Anais

To hear God doesn’t love gays is like hearing the world stops when it rains. Love is love no matter who it is; no one decided love was a gender, it sorta just slipped in. Love is a feeling, one that should be felt. That same feeling God has on everyone.

The Bible was once a place of truth and unity; but now is often used for personal judgement and brutality. ‘When did this occur?’ I hear; when people made the choice to change. Made people hide in shame and feel pain.

It’s funny; you ask is God a good man when his words were once spoken through Jesus, and are now spoken through a homeless man out on the streets. 

Only one word can explain this; society. So many stories have come out of this. So many cliches, the ones people walk past, scroll past; it doesn’t matter.

Love is being dismissed with an accusation when it should be taught as a declaration, to be held high and show love as it is. Equal. Has anyone noticed that the word gay was once used as a word to identify yourself as happy, but is now used as a word to discriminate from others; to teach people how to hate not only themselves but things associated with love.

People are scared to be gay.  People actually believe it is some perverted choice to be attacked and vilified; hated by your own loved ones. The bombings and shootings that happened? They didn’t need to. The word homosexual has been perverted and used to mean that if you are (gay), you’ve changed; you’re a different person.

You put a wall up, and won’t knock it down until someone comes along and helps you. But through the years the wall gets taller and taller and so does your ability to hide you.

Your family’s ability to see you is no more, vanished. Not because of you, but because of others.


God. Loves. Us. ALL.




© Anais Kenzig Nov 2016