She delved into biographies of luminaries including Margaret Mead, Pearl Buck, Marie Curie, Louis Armstrong, Theodore Roosevelt, John Muir, and Beatrix Potter looking for educational similarities. She found plenty. She also discovered common threads in their upbringing and experiences. These and many other great people may not have been geniuses, but they had the drive to pursue their particular passions with determination and optimism. Although different in many ways, they tended to seek out mentors, find inspiration in nature, creatively overcome adversity, and seek self-education.
McMillin has written Legendary Learning: The Famous Homeschoolers’ Guide to Self-Directed Excellence so you too can raise and educate your children using excellence as a guide. This book is an extraordinary resource for all parents. In it you’ll find out how to foster a child’s passion and determination, enable your child to unleash his or her creative genius, and live the habits of success.
In the book and on the author’s site you’ll find stories of Frederick Douglass teaching himself to write in the shipyards using a piece of chalk, Alexander Graham Bell listening to wheat grow, and Mary Leakey in a convent classroom frothing at the mouth thanks to illicit use of soap. Learning from history has never been approached quite this way, through the childhoods of history’s fascinating people.
Read this one with a highlighter. You won’t be sorry.
Laura Grace Weldon is the author of Free Range Learning: How Homeschooling Changes Everything, a resource guide for raising life-long learners. She’s a columnist and book editor for Home Education Magazine. She also writes about learning, sustainability, and hopeful living for other print publications as well as GeekMom.com, Mothering.com, and her blog. She lives with her family on Bit of Earth Farm where they raise cows, chickens, honeybees, and the occasional wild scheme. Connect with her if you’d like to contribute ideas or artwork to any of her upcoming projects: a book on cheap yet bountiful living, a guide to subversive cooking, a follow-up about grown homeschoolers, or a 1,000 ways to foster delight-led learning.