Iris and Roan, two homeschooled children in rural New York, do homework in 2012. They live on a family farm with their parents, who follow a nature-based learning method and believe their children would benefit more from spending their time within nature and at home rather than on a school bus and in a classroom, photographer Rachel Papo said. Papo spent time with about 15 homeschooled children over two years, and her photos will be published in a book this spring.
Ruth, who has been homeschooling a small group of children on a farm for several years, holds a list of the day's activities in 2012. The children are able to learn all aspects of farm work, including caring for animals and working the land.
Grisha and his sister Anastasia interact with a squirrel in 2012. Grisha's parents want their children to utilize their imagination and creativity during the most impressionable years of their childhood, convinced these traits would be significantly diminished in school, Papo said. Grisha is fascinated with animals, nature and science.
Apart from studying traditional subjects, Roan and his sister help with every aspect of farm work.
A family has lunch together in 2012.
Maggie draws in her room in 2013.
Drawings are taped to a window screen in True's house in 2012. True loves to explore nature, and her artistic talent and creativity are evident in every corner of her house and its surroundings.
Grisha holds a sheet of ice he found on the ground in 2012.
True and her father assess damage to a sinking bridge in 2011. She assists her father with outdoor tasks and is being taught various subjects with an emphasis on religion and music.
Jayla has a violin lesson in 2013. She lives with her brother and self-employed parents in the Mid-Hudson Valley.
Zephyr relaxes at home in 2013. He has been working with a core of dedicated and inventive teachers, Papo said.
Marley sits in her room in 2013.
Rosabel lies outside her house in 2013.