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September 21st, 2010
07:00 AM ET

Communal homeschooling on the rise

By Carol Costello and Bob Ruff, CNN

“Isabelle, you're next. What card do you need to add to 10 to get what?"
 
Grade schooler Isabelle Hannon is learning how to add and subtract, but not in a classroom. She’s outdoors, at a beautiful Stillwater, Oklahoma park. She and her sister, Alyssa, are being taught not by a professional teacher but by their mom. And they’re not alone. The Franklin kids are there, too, along with their mom and dad who are also acting as teachers. 
 
Welcome to homeschooling 2010. It’s no longer a solitary exercise for many parents: it’s communal. Many families are now sharing ideas about teaching and taking turns as teachers. In effect, they’re creating their own “shadow schools.” 
 
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