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Thirteen-year-old Hayes Muiderman works at home on a guitar he is building a part of an unschooling approach that lets students pursue their interests. Herald photo by John Stennes.

Grand Forks area parents talk un-schooling their children

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At age 6, Hayes Muiderman built his first guitar.

Now, at 13, he's working on a second.

"This one is bigger," said the Thompson, N.D., teen. "I outgrew the first one."

He was inspired by his father, Dr. Kevin Muiderman, who builds guitars in the family's woodworking shop.

The project is typical of "un-schooling," and reflects the way Hayes has been learning his whole life.

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