Madison families talk about choosing to home school during National School Choice Week

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MADISON, Ala. - Starting the school day in a church is not the norm for everyone, but it is for families like Kristin Nance and her three children.

"All families are different, all children are different and I think it's important that as their parents we can choose the best way to teach them," Nance said.

Nance chooses to home school her children.  She said the freedom of curriculum works well for her family.

"I know their strengths and their weaknesses better than anyone else," Nance said. "Therefore, I can teach them based on that, 'what do we need to work on more, what do they really like?'"

On the Monday of National School Choice Week, a time creating awareness of options for education, some Madison families are gathered at the Haven Baptist Church for Classical Conversations. These weekly meetings are designed to encourage both the parent and the student.

"They're socialized at home but they want to be around their peers," Classical Conversations Director of Madison Campus Stacey Riggle said. "Just like you and I want to be around our peers.  For them, it's playtime, for us, we're giving them good information and content."

In Alabama, parents have the choice of public schools, online learning, private schools and home schooling.

"Not every kid fits in the box," Riggle said. "Public school works for a lot of people but there's a lot of kids that fail to thrive in that situation, and they need options."

School Choice Week organizers encourage parents to use now through January 30th to explore their child's education options for school year 2016-2017.

For more information on National School Choice week and the events that are organized both nationwide and throughout Alabama, visit

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