(DESERETNEWS) — Olive Ward’s busy life includes trips with friends to New York City’s Museum of Natural History and other nearby cultural landmarks.

The 8-year-old Manhattanite plays violin in a small orchestra, and makes craft projects with a weekly art group. The lecture series she attends recently featured Nobel laureate Eric Kendel. And Olive’s family goes on educational trips with other families — like one to Cape Cod, where she joined other kids in touring a potato chip factory.

This is how homeschooling looks for the sociable, urban Ward family — a lively blend of group activities offset by quiet hours in which Olive is taught at home by her mother, Bea Ward. Her dad, Ryan Ward, is a scientist who helps out by supervising science experiments for groups of homeschooled kids.

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