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School Choice: Homeschooling

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This week the nation is celebrating school choice week.

So what are the choices parents and students make when it comes to their education?

And how might those choices impact their extra curricular activities?

Melinda Bolton has more on this subject.

(Melinda Bolton, Reporter) "When Dawn Talley was preparing to educate her eldest child, she reflected on some close family friends and the home school education their children were receiving."

(Dawn Talley, Home School Mother) "They were well spoken, they treated adults with respect and openness, they got along well with each other, and they seemed to be very bright and interested kids."

(Melinda Bolton, Reporter) "But homeschooling was much different than the classroom atmosphere she was used to. So Talley had to learn to adapt to each child and their environment."

(Dawn Talley, Home School Mother) "Right away, I had to address you know one child who (our first child) took to things very quickly and then our second child is very focused on his interests."

(Melinda Bolton, Reporter) "Talley also adjusted her teaching style to the daily flow of life. It allowed each child to work at their own pace and develop unique strengths while forming very strong familial ties."

(Dawn Talley, Home School Mother) "My kids are all very close. And even though they're very different and they have lots of other friends, they still are very close. And I think that's very rewarding as a parent."

(Melinda Bolton, Reporter) "The Talley family is also passionate about basketball. Mom and Dad both played and sophomore Ben enjoys the friends he has made on the court playing for Our Redeemer's"

(Ben Talley, Sophomore) "A lot of it is just meeting a bunch of new people, and getting new friends because as a homeschooler, I don't meet very many people normally. But basketball is basically where I get most of my social time."

(Melinda Bolton, Reporter) "When it comes to school choices, the Talley's made one which offered a balance for all they love. Melinda Bolton, KX News."

We will have more on school choice week for you tomorrow.

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