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Homeschool Students Start School After Labor Day


Many kids have been back in the classroom for a couple weeks already, but for two Bismarck students today is their first day of school.

Tonight we introduce you to one mom who homeschools and waits to start class until after Labor Day.

<<"It's going really good we had to wake up really early," Isaac Bloom said.

Isaac Bloom is enjoying his first day of school.... in the comfort of his own living room.

"Well I don't always have to ride in the car and drive all the way there," Isaac said.

His mom, Roberta Nelson always wanted to be homeschooled when she was a kid --- and is now starting her third school year homeschooling her son Isaac and daughter Eve.

"I never thought that I would homeschool because I struggled in school myself, but then our son Isaac posed some challenges," Roberta Nelson said.

She thought about holding Isaac back a year or even changing schools.

"But really this issues had nothing to do with the school system it had to do with what he needed personally, a lot of one on one and a nap in the afternoon was just huge," Roberta said.

Plus her kids start school later, unlike public schools Nelson starts school after Labor Day.

"We always like to take trips on Labor Day weekend and the kids in all honesty aren't all that excited about going to school for a few days and then quitting again," Roberta said.

Even though they start school later than public schools, Isaac and Eve still get out for summer break at the same time as other kids.

"We don't have parent teacher conferences or conventions or anything like that," Roberta said.

Nelson customizes her children's learning by incorporating their strengths and weaknesses into lesson plans.

"During history I like to draw about what's happening and then for my spelling words if my spelling word is a shape or something like that I'll draw the shape and a picture with it," Eve Bloom said.

Which makes homeschooling the right choice for this family.>>

Nelson's husband's family lives in Hawaii so instead of missing school days she is able to teach her kids while on vacation.

In fact she says they plan on building a house in Hawaii and spending six months of the year in Hawaii and six months in North Dakota.

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