(ATHENS BANNER-HERALD) — Sydney Ginnel tugs on the loop of her work boot to secure it and leisurely strolls the old wooden floors of her farmhouse kitchen in search of breakfast before heading out to do morning chores.

Her younger sister, Molly, with unabashed enthusiasm runs past while pulling her hair taut with a colorful bandana.

Although it’s a Wednesday, the girls, ages 14 and 7, aren’t rushed to catch the bus or get to class before the bell rings. They aren’t arguing about who gets the bathroom first or worried about what outfit to wear. The morning feels calm.

Sydney and Molly, like thousands of other Georgia children, are home schooled.

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