BOONE LIFE: Rocheport family home schools year-round

Sunday, November 30, 2008 | 7:28 p.m. CST; updated 9:07 p.m. CST, Monday, February 9, 2009
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Elise Wilson, mother of five, home schools her children at their Rocheport home.

ROCHEPORT — Reading quietly in class, three students have their hands on their heads, contemplating their material and trying to concentrate. The fourth student, a little younger than the others, asks for help with his scissors.

No hall passes are needed to get a drink of water, and they don’t need to raise their hands to ask for help from their teacher. Instead, they just need to look across the dining room table and ask for Mom.


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Elise Wilson, a mother of five in Rocheport, home schools her four oldest children year-round.

“I like that I’m teaching them things that I want them to learn,” Wilson said. “I don’t really like all the values that the schools teach them.”

Wilson and her husband, Dwayne, decided before they had children that they would home school, primarily to incorporate biblical values into their children’s learning curriculum.

“For science they talk about how it’s more creation-based than evolution-based,” Wilson said. “It kind of brings it all back to the Creator, how he created everything so wonderfully.”

Luke, 13, is in high school, while Megan, 10, is well on her way to the fifth grade. Daniel, 9, is in the third grade and Joshua, 5, is in kindergarten.

Allowing the children to learn at their own pace is another quality Wilson appreciates with home school.

“If they’re having trouble with something, I can help them with that,” Wilson said. Otherwise, “if they’re breezing through something, they can just breeze through it.”

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