March 26, 2017

Homeschooler Ryan Beard Performs on America’s Got Talent

Ryan Beard, a homeschooled student from Kansas City recently appeared in the auditions round for the popular TV show, America’s Got Talent. Our family enjoys watching the various talent reality shows and so far this season America’s Got Talent has been fun to watch with our son. This season is the first year for former American Idol judge, Simon Cowell (@SimonCowell), to be a judge on the show. I was one of the few people that actually enjoyed and appreciated Simon’s judging on Fox’s American Idol. He’s seemed to soften his persona a bit for this show though. It’s nice to see him smile a little more but still be real with contestants who just don’t have the talent level to be in the running for the show’s goals.

Watch the video below of Ryan’s audition where he’s got both the judges and audience rolling with laughter before he even sings his first note!

If you know of any other videos online of homeschooled kids performing on TV for any reality shows like America’s Got Talent, let us know by leaving a link to the video in the comments below.

Don’t Be Like, You Know

The power of words and well-processed thought is a powerful tool. When combined with conviction and the authority of intelligence it is truly a moving force. Here, teacher, poet, comedian and powerful orator, Taylor Mali, explains where we’ve found ourselves in society and challenges us to get back to speaking with conviction and authority. If you haven’t been introduced to Taylor before now, I’d encourage you to explore. There are a few other videos of him available on YouTube, some have some language that many might deem inappropriate, but in my opinion is never used gratuitously. Every word he says was powerfully presented and well-thought out to give the most impact to the delivery and permanence of the experience.

The Classical Three Little Pigs Story

Homeschool dad and comedian, John Branyan shares his take on what the story of The Three Little Pigs would have been like had it been shared in the earliest centuries of other classical literature of its day.