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Homeschooling option on the rise

When many parents and children think ‘homeschooling,’ what comes to mind are Mark and Rebecca Cotswold from the cartoon ‘South Park’ – awkward children who talk ‘funny,’ have trouble navigating social interactions on the playground and in the cafeteria, but who can out-spell anyone.

While the spelling stereotype may be accurate (homeschooled children won the national spelling bee in 2000, 2001 and 2002), the worry over a lack of socialization isn’t necessarily so. For several families in Saugus who homeschool their children, this negative is a myth.

Clarice and Daniel Cipolonne homeschool their two oldest children, 9-year-old Andrea and 5-year-old Samantha. Clarice Cipolonne said that socialization has not been a problem for Andrea, who she said has an easy time making friends, whether it is in the neighborhood or at outings organized by a local homeschooling support group. Read more…

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