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PHOTO GALLERY: Home schooling includes learning through music, nature

Thursday, December 1, 2011 | 2:00 p.m. CST; updated 5:15 p.m. CDT, Monday, September 17, 2012

Kyra and Liam Fogle of Ashland are getting their education through home schooling. In addition to traditional lessons in subjects such as math, the children also learn by playing music, caring for animals, exploring nature and other activities.

Liam and Kyra Fogle and their mother, Krishna, take a walk in the woods behind their house in Ashland on Oct. 27. Along the way, they discovered a small clearing where an animal had bedded down, inspected a tree covered in a white fungus, chased a deer and checked on their tree house, which is under construction.
Liam Fogle grimaces as his mother, Krishna, hands him multiplication tables Oct. 27. Although Krishna Fogle’s home-schooling approach allows her children largely to pursue their own interests, she insists that they intentionally study educational cornerstones such as math and reading.
Krishna Fogle hands her daughter, Kyra, a feather she found in their home's driveway in Ashland on Oct. 27. Krishna Fogle turns encounters with objects, people and situations into educational conversations such as what kind of bird lost the feather, who pays workers installing electrical lines or how Kyra’s unflattering sketch of her brother, Liam, is similar to libel.
Kyra Fogle brushes a white mare named Misty before riding lessons at Willow Ponds Farm on Oct. 20. Beyond the riding lesson itself, Kyra learns how to care for Misty by brushing her, cleaning her hooves and saddling her.
Liam Fogle plays a ragtime tune he arranged himself at his home in Ashland on Oct. 26. Liam took piano lessons for four years, and although he is now taking a break from lessons, he plays from memory and by ear in addition to composing his own arrangements.
Kyra Fogle and her mother, Krishna, run through an obstacle course for horses and riders at Willow Ponds Farm on Oct. 20. One of Krishna Fogle’s goals as a home-school mom is to ensure her kids have a “rich childhood.”

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