The first day of school looks different to many students – because they’re now home schooled.
Jennifer Summers homeschooled two of her three children.
“When I had children, I said my first goal was to get them to adult hood and to get them self-sufficient,” she said.
To some school doesn’t happen in a classroom, but rather wherever they are.
“It’s great. I learn a lot more,” Shawn Summers, Jennifer’s son, said.
“It’s a lot better because you can take your time. You can have fun with it you can customize it,” Jennifer’s daughter, Kaitlyn, said.
For Shawn, homeschooling is all he knows. His mother homeschooled him and his sister ever since his sister was eight.
“The systems not set up for what’s really going on in the schools,” Jennifer said.
It wasn’t until the constant bullying and the curriculum change that Jennifer said enough was enough.
“We had one child that would stab my daughter in the hand with a pencil. He would hit her on the bus,” she said.
She pulled Kaitlyn out of school and started homeschooling her.
“Between the lack of education and the curriculum dumbing down everything, we said we had enough and were ready to start homeschooling,” she said.
Years later and Kaitlyn says she learned a lot more by being homeschooled than being enrolled in her public school.
“I started out with what they told me was a 2nd grade reading level in 4th grade. I jumped up to a 7th grade reading level in just a few months afterwards,” Kaitlyn said.
Now about to start her first day of school at Southeastern University, Kaitlyn says she’s grateful for her homeschool education and can’t wait to see what her future holds.
As of October of 2018, approximately 13,708 students were enrolled in state approved home study programs.