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More kids learning lessons from home schooling


Every year more and more families are choosing to home school their children. Many say with possible budget cuts, loosing programs, and increasing class sizes, there is no better time to teach kids at home.

You can really call it a home room. Even a simple trip upstairs for Christine Cheesman, who has been home schooling for two years, is a major commitment. “You have to make it important. More important than sleeping in when you’re really tired,” she said. “Not putting yourself first but thinking about the interests of your kids.”

The interest in her children goes much deeper, for a parent like Kathy Iandoli who has been home schooling her six children for the past 23 years. By keeping them out of the public school system, it’s up to the parent what lessons they learn and gives students the attention Iandoli said they would not and could not receive elsewhere.

“Overcrowding – just some of the things that are being taught in the public school system,” Iandoli said.

They are not the only ones. Across the state more than 40,000 homes operate as a home school. Home school enrollment makes up about 4.5 percent of the states attendance for age groups between 7 and 16 years old.

Home school mother and teacher, Ashley Teeter said, “I’m able to look at my children individually, see what their needs are and teach to those needs and their interests and those types of things.”

A parent needs no qualifications to teach at home. You only have to register with the state’s non-public education department to become a home school.

For more information:

Local group – www.chewilm.com

State group – www.nche.com

You can notify the state at – www.ncdnpe.org

There will also be a Getting Started workshop, Tuesday, August 11th at 7:00 p.m. at the Winter Park Baptist Church.

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videoWhile many children in our area are gearing up for back to school, some won’t have to leave home to learn their lessons. Home schooling is catching on more and more across the state and right here in our backyard.

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