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Military families and homeschooling

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There's been a growing trend in recent years on military installations like Fort Benning: more parents are opting to home school their children.

For military children, moving and changing schools is all too familiar, and adapting to those changes can be difficult – with the average military family moving every three years...

About three percent of children are homeschooled in America, and an estimate by the Military Child Education Coalition estimates that about nine percent of military kids are homeschooled.

Tawanna Brown says home-schooling for military families offers more flexibility and control.

"You realize that you know, we're going to be PCS'ing in a month maybe you speed it up a couple of weeks before or you slow it down. It allows you to have more control," said Brown. 

Children who are homeschooled at Fort Benning can join networks and groups so they can socialize with other kids, share resources and experiences. They also take field trips and participate in group learning activities.

Brown challenges parents to do their research before deciding to home school. It's a great option but it's not free and there's a lot of involvement -- so take the time to make sure it's the best decision for the whole family.

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