Military bases open their doors to home-schoolers
By Kimberly Hefling
“If there’s a military installation, there’s very likely home-schoolers there if you look,” said Nicole McGhee, 31, of Cameron, N.C., a mother of three with a husband stationed at North Carolina’s Fort Bragg who runs a Facebook site on military home schooling.
Military families move on average nearly every three years. The transition can be tough for children, and home schooling can make it easier, advocates say. The children don’t have to adjust to a new teacher or worry that they’re behind because the new school’s curriculum is different.
Having the freedom to homeschool helps each family find what works for them. In the military, homeschooling works for many.
“Starting a new school is bad enough and doing it twice over seemed like a lot,” said Burchette, a mother of three. “He kind of perked up after we mentioned that. The move kind of changed perspective for him.”
Her family is now preparing to move again — this time to Norfolk, Va., and she’s now home-schooling her two oldest kids, ages 10 and 5.
“I have no issues with public schools or the system,” Burchette said. “It’s just working for us right now.”