PHOENIX - Several studies show that homeschooling kids may benefit some children later in life. But a lot of parents don't really know where to start.
Kim Wilson, a mother of five from Gilbert, just started lessons with her 7-year-old son Kyden. She says he liked kindergarten but struggled with first grade so she decided to try out homeschooling.
Raeleen Brown is a mother of seven who homeschools all of her children. She says her decision was based on being in charge of the content of the curriculum, teaching responsibilities at home and teaching about the family's faith.
Brown, who used to be a public school teacher, says she found it difficult to teach at a pace appropriate for 30 kids when she was in the classroom. She says being able to slow down or speed up for one of her kids is the best thing about teaching them at home.
That's also the case for Wilson. She says parents are the most motivated for their children to receive a terrific education and since teachers are spread thin nowadays, it's a challenge to cater to each student's learning style.
She says she uses daily chores and errands to cover different topics, such has practicing money math at the grocery store. She also uses Eagle Ridge Enrichment Program to supplement activities like physical education, music and science one day a week.
But that doesn't mean the children don't get enough activity at home. Wilson says when she thinks Kyden can't comprehend anymore information, the two can take a break and go for a bike ride.
Both moms agree, homeschooling is a lot of work, but say in the end, getting to spend more time with their children is worth it.
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