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There’s no place like home schooling

Robin Vaughan of Jupiter Farms knew she wanted to homeschool her children even before her first child was born.

And it’s worked so far, she said.

‘I’ve seen a lot improvements in (their) learning that I wouldn’t see if they were in public school,’ Vaughan said of her 5-year-old son, Matthew, and 2-year-old daughter, Emie.

For Jonica Wisneski of Jupiter, the decision to homeschool her children came as her son Dane, now 12, was finishing second grade at a private Christian school.

‘I felt that even with Christian schools, a lot of kids were influencing him in ways I wasn’t happy with,’ she said. ‘I don’t mean to be judgmental, but I wanted to teach them at home.’

She uses curriculum taped off satellite TV from Bob Jones University in South Carolina, which sets up courses for students to learn at home.

Home schooling is an alternative that is growing more popular with families in South Florida, officials say.

This fall, according to the state Department of Education, more than 45,000 of Florida’s 2.5 million students are taught at home. Read more…

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