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Some people find public instruction inadequate

WASHOUGAL — On a recent drive to swim lessons, Naomi Gilmore rattled off the seven continents.

Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Europe, Antarctica and Australia can be hard for adults to remember.

Naomi is 5 years old.

Jodie Gilmore plans to home-school her two children, Naomi, and her 4-year-old brother, Axel, when they reach school age. But the learning has already begun.

“We’ve already started; it’s just when do we have to start jumping through the record-keeping,” Gilmore said. “We play, we learn, we eat, we sleep. We do everything all mishmashed together.”

Gilmore chooses home school for several reasons. She doesn’t trust the government with her children’s education. She wants to teach a faith-based curriculum. She is legally blind, and for her rural Washougal family, transportation is a problem. Read more…

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