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More Military Families Are Home-Schooling

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More military parents are opting to teach their kids at home, and there are lots of programs and resources around Fort Hood that can help them.

The Military Child Education Coalition estimates about nine percent of military kids are now home-schooled.

That's compared to only three percent for the rest of the population.

The daughter of an infantryman, 5th grader Mckayla Martin has changed schools four times in the past five years.

"It was difficult leaving all my friends, because I really missed them, like I'll get a really good, close friend, and then I'll move away from them," McKayla said.

So last month, her parents made the decision to home-school her and two of her sisters.

For her dad, Sergeant First Class Ross Martin, having his wife, Amy, do the teaching is more than just stability - It's peace of mind.

"With all the shootings going on, this just for me, personally, I feel a lot better for my children, that they're safe," said Ross.

Groups, like Fort Hood Homeschoolers on Facebook, have formed around military installations to keep parents connected.

"I feel like I can talk to other moms that are home-schooling, and we have some of the same trials, and I can ask them what works for them," Amy said.

Girls Scouts of America has home-schooling troops, and churches run programs that keep kids connected too.

"Fortunately, we belong to one that there's a lot of kids who are home-schooled, and we go to church with them, so the social interaction is still there," Ross said.

Home-schooling can be expensive on a military budget, especially when it comes to supplies and worksheets, but some websites offer resources for free.

"You don't have to spend a lot of money to home school, it can be very inexpensive," Amy said.

Best of all, it's minus the heartache of having to leave friends behind.

Groups:

Fort Hood Homeschoolers on Facebook

Worksheet Resources:

TLS Books

Education.com

Sports Activities For Homeschoolers:

YMCA PE Programs

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Reporter: Sophia Stamas sstamas@kcentv.com

Photographer: Chris Buford cbuford@kcentv.com

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