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08/17/04 - East Texas

Some Students Prefer a Permanent Homeroom

by Ramonica R. Jones

High school freshman Caleb has never learned reading, writing or arithmetic inside a classroom. Caleb, his brother and sister are all homeschooled.

"I am by myself in my classes, so I can work as quickly as I want to, I can go as slow as I want to," Caleb says. "I still have to get all my work done every day, but I can get everything done before lunchtime if I really jump on everything."

Shelby says being homeschooled has its privileges. He says there's diversity among his classmates and he'd never want to go to public school. Shelby says he also enjoys the freedom that homeschooling provides.

"You're like, working, working, working solidly all day, pretty much; and homeschool, as soon as you get done with all your subjects, then you're done."

Just because your mom is also your teacher, doesn't mean you don't have rules to follow.

"My mom makes me get up at 7 o'clock, like we had to do at public school; but you're at home and you have to do all your chores, then you can go start your school work," Shelby says.

Homeschooling moms say having a permanent homeroom is about more than academics, it's also about family.

Sandi Read describes homeschooling as, "A time to be able to get to know each other better than I think that we would if we were gone for eight hours a day. My oldest daughter just graduated this year, and it's just been a really good experience for us."

Parents who homeschool say their kids have the same advantage as any other student. They also look forward to prom, graduation and college. Homeschooling costs about $200 per child each year. Parents often teach from used books and materials to save money.

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