In the past, homeschooling has been thought of as mostly a rural phenomenon, but it is clear that it is growing rapidly in urban and suburban areas. We began our homeschooling journey while living in the inner-city area of Dayton, OH, and then moved to a suburb of St. Louis, MO. We just moved to a small town in a more rural area last year, but I grew up in the country, and all through the years, we have taken Country Magazine. In the Feb./Mar., 2009, issue, Sheila Beirne of Stow, MA, wrote the column "A Week in the Country." She and her husband Gerard operate Berlin Orchards and have six children: Gerard Francis, 6; John Paul, 5; Thomas Patrick, 3; Joseph Benedict, 2; Sheila Catherine, 1; and Bernadette Rose, 3 months. In her diary, she wrote for Monday, "It was rise and shine at 5 a.m. Today was Columbus Day, so we took the day off from school. We just started homeschooling Gerard Francis this year. He is in kindergarten." On Tuesday she wrote, "Today was a school day….I began Gerard Francis’ lessons early today. Like every day, we focused on phonics, reading, math and handwriting." She mentioned school on Wednesday, and then on Thursday wrote, "Today was busy. Gerard Francis’ school-work, is the most important thing I do, but the orchard is always on my mind. It’s a good thing that Gerard Francis is a good student and excited about learning, because we fly through his lessons. He would do more if he were allowed." Friday, she gave Gerard Francis the day off from school because of visiting family. I have always appreciated the way Country has promoted such a positive view of homeschooling.