William Hedlin went to public school for Kindergarten and first grade, but his parents quickly realized he was losing interest in his classes. The pace was just too slow to keep him engaged.
That’s just one of many reasons some parents decide to take their children out of their local schools and, instead, teach them at home.
"In school they can't really go at their own pace,” Priscilla Hedlin said. “Will would have been in second grade had he gone to school. We finished his second grade in January/February."
Alana Norcross started off homeschooling her children, but took a short break after she adopted her daughter from China.
"There were a couple days Caleb would come home crying saying, 'It is so boring,' because he was used to doing multiplication and his class was doing one-plus-one," she said.
Norcross said the short time they were in public school reaffirmed her decision she should teach them at home.
"You can influence their lives significantly, that's what homeschooling allows you to do," Norcross said.
On a good day, these families can get their school work done in a few hours. Homeschooling isn't the same as you may remember when you were growing up. It has become more convenient and more popular through the years thanks to the Internet.
Lesson plans, athletic clubs and networking groups can all be accessed with a few clicks.
"I don't know how moms did it 30 years ago,” Norcross said. “I know there were homeschooling units and families, but I have great admiration for people who home schooled before the Internet."
Despite advancements in technology, there are always occasional hiccups, like the immense amount of time a parent spends with their children.
"You don't have as many breaks as you do sending your kids to school from 7-3 in the afternoon,” Hedlin said. “You have all that time but when the kids are home you need to get school out of the way and do all the stuff you need to do."
"Sometimes you want to rip your hair out cause feel they’ll never get this particular (thing),” Norcross said. “And when it goes off you want to have a huge pizza party."
Then there's the lack of sports teams and clubs that come with traditional schooling.
For the Hedlins and the Norcross family, the positives far outweigh the negatives.
"Who better to teach them than their own mom? Who knows their bent and struggles and who cares above and beyond? I know teachers care, but no one cares like a mom," Norcross said.
In Texas, homeschooling students aren't required to take standardized tests to meet state and national standards.
Many local community colleges, like Austin Community College provide free classes for home schooled students, as well as dual credit for high school and college courses.