By: Krystle Crossman
Being in a military family can be hard for a child. Moving around from state to state is something that happens often and this also means switching schools and saying goodbye to friends and familiar faces. This is one of the reasons that more military families are opting to home-school instead.
Many of the bases are now offering support for those who would like to home-school. There are at least a few families on each base that do this so they can all get together and talk about different teaching styles and curriculum that they use. At Fort Bragg they have a chemistry lab that is run by the parents, athletic activities, and they library has special presentations that they do for those who are home-schooled.
At Andrews Air Force Base there is a youth center where cooperative home-school classes are taught. All of the kids in the 40 families on the base that home-school go into the youth center and have teachers who are parents of the other kids. This is a great way for the parents to work together and still give their kids the structure and social interaction that they need. They host Bible study groups as well because many of the families also home-school their children so they can learn about religion. One boy says that he thinks he gets far more done in one day on the base than his peers that go to school and he also gets to see all of his friends in Bible study.
One of the best parts about home-schooling children in military families is that if they need to take time off to spend with the parent that is deployed, they don’t have to fill out forms or deal with having absences. They can take that time that they need with their family and not have to stress over make-up tests and homework.
Support for military home-schooling was almost non-existent in the 90s but now there is plenty of support and plenty who choose to home-school. Many feel that it is the best option for their military kids and that they deserve to have all the support that they can get.