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Growing popularity leads to cooperation between home-schooling families

Growing popularity leads to cooperation between home-schooling families



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SUGAR LAND, Texas — The concept of homeschooling is changing, becoming almost mainstream.

Just like other kids their age, Britlee and Rylee Kuhn are making the transition from summer to once again hitting the books.

Most of their teaching comes from their mom, Michelle, at home. They also go to classes once a week with other homeschooled kids — hundreds of them.

If you ask why more families are choosing homeschooling, you'll hear everything from religious reasons, to protecting children from food allergies, because of learning disabilities, behavior issues, safety concerns and even academics.

"I graduated from a 5A high school, was 10th in my class and I have a masters degree. And there are things I'm learning from being a home-school mom," said Dana Martin.

Students in the Sugar Land, Texas area go to classes once a week at a program called Classical Conversations.

Their parents add to what the children learn in the program.

Co-ops in homeschooling are also becoming more common. That's where parents get together to help teach other people's children, giving home-schoolers a chance to be with other children and learn.

"What I've found to be true is that most home-schoolers are socialized just fine because of everything there is out there," says Michelle Kuhn.

There are also sports for homeschooled kids now.

The students can play team sports like football, or individual activities like ballet.

For the moms who homeschool, they say the Internet has made it easier. They can connect with other families for advice, share teaching ideas, find co-ops and find material.

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