8 Famous Homeschoolers Who Rocked Their Weirdness


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Homeschoolers are weird (even famous homeschoolers). You’ve probably heard it a million times (and maybe even that homeschoolers are annoying).

(Whether you agree or not.)

I happen to rock the homeschool “weirdness” stigma. In fact, isn’t being “weird” just another word for being “different” when people can’t put us into a nice little box of definition?

If so, then I’m OK with my homeschooler being “weird.”

We actually embrace it (and kind of rock it, if I do say so myself).

Check out these other homeschoolers who rocked their “weirdness.”

(Didn’t seem to stop them, huh?)

Famous Homeschool Weirdos

Homeschooler Abraham Lincoln

Homeschooler: Abraham Lincoln

Ask someone to name a famous homeschooler and they will almost always say Abraham Lincoln. In fact, homeschooling wasn’t that unusual in Lincoln’s age. However, did you know that Abraham Lincoln was a famous wrestler? His height made him a target wherever he went, so he routinely wrestled other men on a bet. He only lost one time out of 300 wrestling matches!


Homeschooler Tim Tebow. SOURCE: By Clemed (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Homeschooler: Tim Tebow


Famous athlete and NFL quarterback Tim Tebow was the first homeschooler to win a Heisman Trophy.

He was a homeschooler, but he played public school sports in his home state of Florida.

His case helped spark discussion in other states about whether homeschoolers should be allowed to participate in public school sports.

Much controversy has surrounded Tebow and his Christian beliefs that he is unafraid to represent publicly, even within his football career. He even has a word named after him!



Homeschooler Taylor Swift. SOURCE: Dwight McCann / www.DwightMcCann.com [CC BY-SA 2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons

Homeschooler: Taylor Swift

Famous singer and entertainer Taylor Swift began homeschooling during high school after her entertainment career took off. However, the beginning of Taylor’s musical career is somewhat weird. She wrote her first song at age 12! But, that’s not the most unusual part:




Homeschooler JRR Tolkien. SOURCE: By Julian Nitzsche (Own work (own photograph)) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Homeschooler: J. R. R. Tolkien

The Hobbit (affiliate)Famous writer J.R.R. Tolkien, author of Lord of the Rings Trilogy and The Hobbit, was homeschooled by his mom until age 12, when his mother passed away.

Tolkien was a philologist, or someone who studies “literary texts and written records, the establishment of their authenticity and their original form, and the determination of their meaning.” And, he did that for FUN!




Homeschooler Emma Watson. SOURCE: By Emma Watson GoF Premiere.jpg: Zaheer12a derivative work: via Wikimedia Commons

Homeschooler: Emma Watson

Harry Potter Set (affiliate)Actress Emma Watson, best known for her role as Hermione in Harry Potter, was homeschooled the entire time the movies were being filmed.

Also, Emma loves to document things happening in her life and writes in her journal nightly.



Homeschooler Simone Biles. SOURCE: By Agência Brasil Fotografias [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Homeschooler: Simone Biles

Olympic gold medal winner Simone Biles chose to homeschool starting at age 13 so that she could work school around a grueling athletic schedule. She missed her friends at school, but said that homeschooling was necessary to work around her travel and training schedule.

Not only is Simone an amazing athlete, but she also has some interesting hobbies!



Homeschooler Laura_Ingalls_Wilder

Homeschooler: Laura Ingalls Wilder

Little House on the Prairie Series (affiliate)Author Laura Ingalls Wilder, best known for her Little House on the Prairie series, was homeschooled. Laura’s family moved often. Even when they were in one place, the one-roomed school houses were often far away or weather prevented her from attending. Laura’s mother was adamant that her daughters receive a good education, so she often homeschooled them.


Homeschooler Lewis Carroll. SOURCE: Lewis Carroll [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Homeschooler: Lewis Carroll

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass (affiliate)Lewis Carroll, author of Alice in Wonderland, was homeschooled until age 12. He was the oldest of 11 children! “Lewis Carroll” was actually his pen name for writing. His real name was Charles Lutwidge Dodgson. Not only was a he a great writer, but he also loved magic and often kept his siblings entertained by it. Carroll was also a renowned mathematician. (Super talented, right?)



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