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Houses of learning

A rare homeschooling story that doesn’t start at the kitchen table.

AUBURN – While a group of older students explore the Seymour Library on a scavenger hunt learning the Dewey decimal system, 6-year-old Samantha Morse sits at a table in the children’s room.

She picks up a farm animal puzzle and dumps the pieces on the table; she then turns them upside down and begins to figure out where each piece goes without looking at the pictures.

‘She is a puzzle wiz,’ Samantha’s mother, Gail Morse, said. Gail has been teaching her three children at home for nine years, and the outing to the library is just one of the children’s many lessons.

While homeschooling programs have been largely dominated by evangelical Christians in the past, it has become more popular in recent years. In 1999 the U.S. Department of Education estimated there were 850,000 homeschooled students in the country; in 2003 that number was up to 1,096,000. Read more…

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