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    How this husband-wife duo launched a startup while battling cancer and homeschooling their kids

    Amy Lahkani (left) and Samir Lahkani with their children. The husband-wife duo helped launch Magicall during the pandemic, while facing other challenges at home. (Magicall Photo) Samir and Amy Lakhani have had quite the year — one that involved quitting full-time jobs, working on their first startup, homeschooling kids, and a cancer diagnosis, all during a global pandemic. Last summer, Samir, who previously worked for Facebook and Seattle startup Convoy, decided he wanted to take a break from corporate life and start his own company with Joanne Zhu, a former coworker at Convoy. They launched Magicall, a video calling app that allows children to play games and read books remotely with…

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    Homeschooling Is Surging Across America. Homeschoolers Told Us Why

    The last year and a half hasn’t been easy on American school children. Between COVID-19 restrictions and fierce battles over curriculum, schools have become embroiled in political conflict as the future of education has been thrust into uncertainty. It should come as no surprise that homeschooling has dramatically spiked since the onset of COVID-19 and the lockdowns that followed. Census data reveals that by the fall of the 2020-2021 school year, 11.1 percent of households with school-aged children reported homeschooling, double the amount of the previous year. Then, by May 2021, the percentage was 19.5.  While some reasons for this sudden uptick are self-evident, The Federalist reached out to homeschooling…

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    Some area families pull kids out of the classroom and turn to homeschooling

    WACO, Texas (KWTX) – Both across the state and in Central Texas, families are showing more interest in homeschooling as the pandemic has created obstacles in education. In the fall of 2020, the number of homeschooling families in Texas had nearly tripled from 4.5% in the spring to 12.3% by October, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. In 2021, the Texas Homeschool Coalition says the trend is continuing and their organization is seeing even more interest. THSC President Tim Lambert says calls and emails are nearly five times higher than what they saw last year. “Nobody expected the delta variant of the coronavirus to hit but it has hit and…

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    Florida couple teaches homeschooled kids through action sports

    A Florida couple – fueled by their passion for surfing, skating and ocean engineering, found a way to teach academics to groups of homeschooled kids through action sports. Toni and Uli Frallicciardi longed to create a curriculum that pushed beyond the four walls of a classroom and even homeschooled their own three children to make learning come “alive.”  In 2018, they turned their passion into a reality. NAVY FLIES WIDOW AROUND SHIP NAMED AFTER HER HUSBAND FOR 100TH BIRTHDAY It just so happened to come at a time when the Parkland, Florida, community needed it most.  Kids participate in Surf Skate Science program in South Florida. (Alukastories. com) The Frallicciardis…

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    Sparked by COVID-19 pandemic fallout, homeschooling surges across US

    Although the pandemic disrupted family life across the U.S. since taking hold in spring 2020, some parents are grateful for one consequence: They’re now opting to homeschool their children, even as schools plan to resume in-person classes. MOM’S VIRAL PHOTO ENCOURAGING KIDS TO GET OUTSIDE SPARKS SCREEN TIME DEBATE The specific reasons vary widely. Some families who spoke with the Associated Press have children with special educational needs; others seek a faith-based curriculum or say their local schools are flawed. The common denominator: They tried homeschooling on what they thought was a temporary basis and found it beneficial to their children. “That’s one of the silver linings of the pandemic…

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    Radford family takes homeschooling on the road for cross-country pandemic adventure

    RADFORD, Va. (WDBJ) – Last year many families had to get creative when it came to their kids’ education. And for one Radford family, they decided to take homeschooling to a whole new level by hitting the road. With three kids, a dog and a cat, the Kopfs decided there was more to see during lockdown than the inside of their home. Eight-year-old triplets Nora, Anna, and Ella Kopf are a hoot! “Oh look, I have egg on [my shirt] from my breakfast,” Nora said making her sisters erupt in giggles. They were all too excited to show off their national park shirts and badges from the incredible adventure they…

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    Sparked by pandemic, homeschooling surges across the country and in North Carolina

    Homeschooling rates have surged in North Carolina, as they have nationally. According to state data just published this month, there was a nearly 20 percent jump in the number of students who were homeschooled in North Carolina during the last school year, compared to the year before. There were 179,900 students enrolled in homeschooling in 1st through 12th grades between July 1 of 2020 and June 30 of 2021, according to the North Carolina Department of Administration Division of Non-Public Education. Compare that to 149,173 students during the same time period between 2019 and 2020. The US Census Bureau reported in March that the rate of households homeschooling their children…

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