SAN ANGELO, Texas —
Texas is one of the most lenient states when it comes to home education laws and parents choosing to not enroll their students in either public or private educational institutions.
According to the Texas Homeschool Coalition, there are approximately 350,000 children in the state that are being taught at home.
Monica Teague is one of those who has chosen to educate her two daughters at home for the past eight years.
Teague said she did not want her daughters to miss out on any experiences that other students have attending public or private school, so she created the Facebook page, "San Angelo Homeschool Community."
The group has more than 500 members who are able to connect and plan activities among other homeschoolers in the Concho Valley.
Teague said she hopes that groups like hers to break some stereotyping that is associated with children who are homeschooled.
“People always think that homeschool children are socially awkward because they don’t get to ever hang out and that’s actually furthest from the truth,” she said.
The group plans activities every Tuesday, which include field trips, science fairs and other social events such as dances. Teague said being able to homeschool her children allows her to have more hands-on control of what her daughters are learning.
“We do want to be more faith-based. We wanted to be able to include that in their schooling,” she said.
Her daughters said they enjoy working at their own pace.
“I can just finish the time I need I don’t need to have it all done at a certain time,” Josilyn Teague, homeschool student, said.
“My mom can focus and make sure I actually understand it before we move on,” Karah Teague, homeschool student, said.
There are also other organizations such as the San Angelo Home School Sports Association, which allows other students to join sports teams.