Growing popularity leads to cooperation between homeschooling families

POSTED: Saturday, September 1, 2012 - 2:00pm

UPDATED: Saturday, September 1, 2012 - 2:04pm

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 protect 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," says 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 homeschoolers a chance to be with other children and learn.

"What I've found to be true is that most homeschoolers 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 coops and find material.

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