A Photograph of Helen Keller

Helen Keller: Breaking Down Barriers…

When Helen Keller was a baby, she lost her sense of sight and sound, leaving her deaf and blind. This meant it was very difficult for her to communicate with the world around her…until she met a very special teacher named Anne Sullivan.

Anne Sullivan taught a young Helen Keller how to communicate by “fingerspelling,” a kind of sign language that could be understood by people who were both deaf and blind. Later, Helen Keller learned how to read braille and speak audibly. She also wrote books, including a classic book called The Story of My Life.

Helen Keller became a worldwide celebrity. She knew other celebrities, too! In fact, she was good friends with the man who invented the telephone: Alexander Graham Bell.

Helen Keller did amazing things, and so can you. So be like Helen Keller: Keep trying and don’t give up. When you work hard and keep working hard, there’s almost no limit to the things you can do!

Bright Ideas

Don’t Give Up!

We can do anything we want to do if we stick to it long enough.
Helen Keller

Get a good idea and work at it until it’s done and done right.
Walt Disney

Be like a postage stamp: stick to one thing till you get there.
Josh Billings

Nifty Fifty

About Alabama

It’s a Fact: Helen Keller was born in Tuscumbia, Alabama.

It’s a Fact: The capital of Alabama is Montgomery. It’s also the city where Rosa Parks made her famous bus ride.

It’s a Fact: The abbreviation for Alabama is AL.

It’s a Fact: Huntsville, Alabama is called “Rocket City” because they design and build rockets there.

It’s a Fact: There’s also a space museum and a space camp in Huntsville.

More Fun Facts

Fun Fact: The capital of France is Paris.

Fun Fact: The third President of the United States was Thomas Jefferson.

Fun Fact: The biggest ocean in the world is the Pacific Ocean.

Fun Fact: The biggest river in America is the Mississippi.

Fun Fact: The tallest mountain in the world is called Mount Everest.

Fun Fact: In the story Caboose on the Loose, the Ryders take their train to Atlanta, Georgia. Atlanta is the biggest city in Georgia, and its airport is the busiest airport in the world!

Questions and Answers
Just for fun,
see if you can answer these questions.
Was Helen Keller from Tuscumbia or Montgomery?
Was the third president of the United States Washington or Jefferson?
Jefferson. George Washington was the first president.
Which airport is busier: the one in Paris or the one in Atlanta?
The Atlanta airport is busier. In fact, it’s the busiest airport in the whole world!
Which mountain is bigger? Mount Everest or Mont Blanc?
Mount Everest is bigger. Mont Blanc is one of the tallest mountains in Europe, but Mount Everest is the tallest mountain in the whole world!
Write Your Own Story

If you have time, you can write a story of your own.

Here are a couple of story ideas that you might want to choose from.

Story Idea #1: You can write about the amazing life of Helen Keller and the things she accomplished in spite of her physical limitations.


Story Idea #2: You can write about how important it is to keep trying, even when times are tough. If you want, you can include one of the quotes on this page.,

To help you write a great story, we have some helpful hints and timely tips.

Today's Ryder Riddle
Here's a Riddle for You:
Why is Alabama the smartest state?
Because it’s got four “A”s and only one “B.”
The Mystery Ryders

For fun-to-read books about a girl detective who homeschools on a train... check out The Mystery Ryders, a series from the creators of the Homeschool Express.

Go to Our Store

Thanks for stopping by...
have a great homeschool day!