Home Schooling: A Washington Heights Family Chooses a Different Approach | The Uptowner

By Lina Zeldovich

Emily Orton describes her family's routine as weaving in and out of learning together. Photo: Lina Zeldovich

Karina Orton, 14, sits on the living room couch leafing through her biology textbook while her sister, Sarah Jane, 10, munches on a sandwich at the table and Alison, 12, plays the piano in the next room. Their brother Eli, 6, is building planes with his favorite Legos and their mother, Emily, reads to Lily, 4, who is drinking milk from a sippy cup.

The relaxed scene resembles a weekend morning, but it’s 11 a.m. on a Thursday. For the Ortons, this is the norm. They don’t rush off to school each morning or spend afternoons doing homework. Emily and Erik Orton have been homeschooling their children for more than four years.

“I was really nervous because it’s such a huge responsibility,” Emily, who’s 37, says about that decision. “I have my degree in education and I was still nervous because it felt like I would be replicating a classroom in our house.”

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2 Responses to “Home Schooling: A Washington Heights Family Chooses a Different Approach | The Uptowner”

  1. Carolina says:

    I know a few Uptown families that are taking this approach, and have to admit I’ve considered doing the same for my family. Thanks for posting this article and reminding parents just how responsible they are for their child’s education.

    • admin says:

      Hey Carolina – thanks for the comment as always. We have also contemplated doing this. I think it is a real option now and not some fringe movement.

      Led

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