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Report; Posted on: 2006-09-07 20:44:58

Homeschooling a full-time job for family of 10

By McKibben Jackinsky
Staff writer

If there’s a drum beating a cadence for the Coe family, it’s beating double time. Like any family, this is a busy household. But, on top of the expected day-to-day bustle of home life and work, Dan and Nancy Coe have personally assumed the educational responsibilities for their eight children: Sarah, 17; Hannah, 15; Rachel, 13; David, 11; Rebekah, 9; Daniel, 7; Josiah, 5; and Chloe, 3.

When do the Coes, who own Handpainted and sell the one-of-a-kind handpainted furniture they create, squeeze in a day’s worth of homeschooling?

“Between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m. on any given day,” Nancy Coe said.

Putting together a day’s schedule starts the night before, with final touches added first thing in the morning. Three family members have driver’s licenses and they own two vehicles, which is a good thing since shuttles must be made between home, the family’s business, Kenai Peninsula College-University of Alaska Anchorage’s Kachemak Bay Campus, Homer High School for algebra classes, Harbor School of Music for keyboard and guitar classes and the Kate Kuhns Aquatic Center for swimming in the pool whenever possible.

School lessons also are worked on at home and in the shop. Road trips are perfect for math and spelling drills.

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