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We Are Hybrid Homeschooling!

We are hybrid homeschooling. I homeschool at home three days a week and send my children to a private homeschool one day and to fine arts classes one day.

A hybrid is the combination of two or more different things, aimed at achieving a particular objective or goal.

For example, I hybrid scrapbook, meaning I use traditional paper scrapbook methods and digital scrapbook methods to produce scrapbook pages.

For all you die hard homeschoolers gasping in shock—I do not feel the least little bit guilty for choosing to take a break a few days a week enrich my children’s education.

How it Works

For our family:

  • Monday through Wednesday:  We homeschool at home using Bible, Alpha Omega for math, language arts, science, and history,  supplementing with my stash of living books and the Heart of Wisdom Link Library. I turn the Alpha Omega lessons into mini unit studies.
  • Thursday: Our boys attend Family Christian Academy Homeschool Tutorial Classes. They are taught from 8:30 to 3:00 by a Christian schoolteacher, using  Bible, Alpha Omega language arts, math, history and science. I meet with the teacher to go over lesson plans (then change to fit us).
  • Friday: The boys attend FCA’s Fine Arts Friday with other homeschoolers to learn in small groups. Classes include art basics, oil painting,  photography, creative writing, music, culinary arts, computer layout and design, sewing, quilting, literature, drama, archery, foreign language, and guitar.
  • Car Schooling: Our new schedule requires a 1.5 hour drive each way, three days a week. We are using the car time to work on  Bible drill memory work and multiplication skip counting via CDs. I enjoy the drive as gives me time to relax and listen to Bible studies and nutrition podcasts.

That is how we utilize FCA’s services.There are other options where students can go two days a week, five days a week, or 100% online.

Using Alpha Omega with Heart of Wisdom Methods

We use Alpha Omega as our lesson plan outline and combine with living books (Charlotte Mason methods).

For example; when studying rainbows in AO Science, we supplemented with the Heart of Wisdom Light Unit Study and books from my stash, visited Web sites, and watched videos from HOW Link Library: Rainbows. When studying homophones in Alpha Omega Language Arts we played a lapbook/file folder game.

See How to Beef Up Your Homeschool with the Internet

Absolute Answer to Prayer

This schedule is an answer t o prayer for me for several reasons:

  • The school, Family Christian Academy, is run by my oldest daughter whom I homeschooled until graduation. We founded the school over twenty years ago as an umbrella school for home- schoolers. My daughter turned into a hybrid homeschool/private school. (I am reaping what was sown!)
  • FCA’s main goal is to help homeschoolers. They are pro-Charlotte Mason and in complete agreement with the Heart of Wisdom philosophies. Read more...
  • I’m still in charge of our children’s education. I approve of the curriculum and can change it when needed. I can make suggestions to the teacher and will eventually teach some of the school classes.
  • My daughter sets the values and morals for the FCA (same ones I originally instilled in her) and teaches some of our boy’s classes.
  • More family time. Most of my adult children and grandchildren live in Nashville. I get to see them much more often by driving to Nashville three days a week.
  • I’ve been ill. I’m getting better, but I need some time to recuperate and focus on my health. While the children are in school I have a chance to see a chiropractic doctor/nutritionist three times a week in Nashville.
  • I deserve a break a few days each week. I have been homeschooling every year for  over 25 years (I got pregnant with my youngest son when I was 46.)  Hybrid homeschooling frees me several hours each week to work  on my health,  HOW, and my blogs from my daughter’s home (close to FCA).

Who Hybrid Homeschools?

  • Homeschool families who love homeschooling but would really like some support
  • Mothers with health problems
  • Working moms
  • Burned-out moms who need some time off a few days a week
  • Beginning homeschoolers that want or need structure and lesson plans
  • Homeschoolers wanting to enrich education with extra curriculum classes

How to Start Hybrid Homeschooling

As homeschooling has grown, so have options. There are dozens of programs that you can find to help you with homeschooling your child.  The best place to find what is available is to check your local support group.

If there is no option in your area, contact your church, private school, or tutoring center and start a brainstorming session. Pray about it.  You might be the one to start a program in your area.

FCA’s Online Academy

FCA offers online education with a teacher. FCA online students receive daily assignments from their online teacher. After mastering assignments, students are tested on the material. Most lessons, quizzes and tests are graded automatically, and an online teacher responds to all requests for help, grades, essays and reports. Read more

Do You Hybrid Homeschool? Co-op? Utilize the Internet?

I’d love to hear what you are doing to enrich your homeschool. Tell us in the comments.

I’ll be posting more about hybrid homeschooling as we continue through the summer months.

Robin

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14 comments

  1. That is fantastic, Robin. I love that there is never a one size fits all. This is what works right for this season of your life. Praise God for always being so faithful.

    Robin, I always love reading your blog and glean such wisdom (from those 25 years of experience) that I have an award for you on my blog.

    Bek xx

  2. Robin,
    I’m so thankful to the Lord that He has provided for you out of His abundance. I think hybrid homeschooling is a good name for a great concept.
    For years we have felt pressure to enroll our older children in the Christian high school. There are very few who homeschool their children all the way through or past eighth grade in our area. But I never felt comfortable with not being in control of my children’s entire curriculum.
    Last fall, instead, I enrolled my oldest in one college Chemistry course. This semester she is taking Anatomy/Physiology. These are her main courses for her senior year and she is doing wonderfully.
    At the same time our local homeschool network worked with this same college to create homeschool enrichment courses. So, once a week I take my 8 and 12 year old for computer class. I’d like to enroll them in Spanish class, as well. They are also offering art, algebra, Latin and the list will grow. Turnout has been high.
    What a blessing!
    As older Moms, we can spot behavioral problems that might come up and we can help younger Moms in those environments in the process. Also, these changes have sparked much dialogue in our home!
    The Lord bless your health with strength!
    Love in Him, Joni

  3. Lisa Arndt

    Robin, Thank you so much for this post. You could also add that single mothers hybrid homeschool. I am currently homeschooling as a single mother and attend part time college courses (trying for LPN). I also work part time. I have 3 kids and hs the younger 2 (my oldest son is 17 yrs. old and attends the local ps). So I’ve been in prayer about what to do next year because I’ll be in school full time then (required for the LPN). My dd will be in 9th grade and ds in 4th grade. This hybrid idea sounds WONDERFUL, not to mention necessary in my case. I don’t want to have the type of hs where my kids are left to fend for themselves. Almost all the hs families I know are such that the dad works and the mom stays home in this huge and beautiful house with her 3-10 kids. Of course, they live on a farm and all 10 kids are polite. Well, we sorta feel like the square peg in the hs community. So yes, I want to check out your daughter’s online school. It sounds perfect! I think me praying for wisdom has been answered through your posts.
    Lisa

  4. I sure wasn’t one gasping in shock! I have always wondered how you did it with your health problems and running a business. Wish we had something like this in our area. This year with some health issues I have often thought about putting my son in school, but can’t bring myself to do it. A structure like this would be so much more doable. Best wishes for your recovery! 🙂

  5. Hi Robin,
    Hehee, hahaw love it- hybrid homeschooling! Wow, can’t believe that one of your dd’s is teaching her brothers! Golden!

    I have not been hsing nowhere near as long as you but I have been going strong at it for 13 years now (of course parenting my *bonus son* since we got married when I was 18!

    I am looking at enrolling my [nearly 15yo] ds into a college for the subject of English in semester 2… so that he can become accustomed to it and possibly enrol there for more subjects next year. This involves him doing his English lessons online and on the phone so for me it is great as he’s still at home. However, my youngest is 13yo so I only have a few years left… so I guess one could say that we are hybrid hsing too!

    Love your posts sister! I have learned more from you over the last 10 years than anyone else in ‘homeschool world’. Thank you!

  6. Juli Bounds

    Thank you for all your great ideas and helpful info. I love the term hybrid-homeschooling. We plan to do this in the coming year, personally and for another family. We have an added twist! I will be hs my 3rd and 5th grader each morning, then 3 times a week in the afternoon they will attend a private christian school to supplement what we are doing. The twist: we will be adding to our classroom via “skype” a 2nd grader and 9th grader 2-3 times a week! I will be distance-homeschooling the other two students. I guess they are hybrid-hs with me :-)Not sure what that classifies as – but I am excited about the new challenge God is giving me
    I am glad to see that I am not the only one doing this! thanks again!

  7. Amanda

    Hi Robin,
    Yep, we also “hybrid homeschool.” I like that term much better than what I have been using, which is, “we are really weird,” lol. My oldest takes five classes this year at Grace Academy. Each classes meets two days a week fro about 50 minutes, so she gets out of school at 10:30 on Mon/Wed and 11:30 Tues/Thurs, Before this year, we her taking all of her classes on Tue/Thur, and then homeschooled the other three days. This year, the classes just didn’t work out so we could do that. I love the fact that she can take math with a seasoned math professional at a class ratio of one teacher to six students. While she does complain a wee bit about all the focused attention in this subject, her math skills have dramatically improved this year.

    For fall 2011, our homeschool experience will again be changing. We decided to let our young 5 go to our church’s awesome TK program this year, so she will be turning six and starting kindergarten first grade. Also, my 4 1/2 year old will be ready to start kindergarten (and I will have a 2-year-old). As I am getting more confident in my homeschool teaching abilities, it is becoming easier for me to react and change based on the needs of our family at each period of time. It also helps to have an uber-supportive, loving hubby.

    We’ve done Classical Conversations, and a local fine arts program. There are so many options out there right now…it is a great time to be a homeschooler!!

    All the Best,
    The Taylors

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