What is Hybrid Homeschooling
My definition of Hybrid Homeschooling
Hybrid homeschooling is any homeschooling approach that merges regular attendance at a private school, tutor, or co-op along with at home instruction. There may be an “official” definition, but this is how I define the approach.
When we decided to explore homeschooling, we were worried that our daughter would not have any social interaction with kids her age. We also weren’t sure how we would be able to work full-time jobs and make this work.
The hybrid approach makes it possible for us to attend meetings and go into the office as needed and still homeschool. Since our daughter is an a school-like setting twice a week, she has the regular social interactions that we feel she needs. Note: Families with lots of siblings may not have to worry about this as much, but we have one child. Outside of school and church, she doesn’t get much opportunity to play with other children.
Finding the Right Partner
There are lots of private tutoring and part-time schools available across the nation. Some are secular and some are religious. I consulted The Homeschool Mom often as I looked up resources. At first I felt distraught trying to sort through all of the options. Eventually we found a program that seemed like a great fit for our family and our expectations.
We contacted the tutorial service and met with their staff several times before moving forward and enrolling. They required an interview and application. Since it is a faith-based program, it was important to them that we were in alignment with their beliefs and approach. We were happy to participate because we were screening them as well. My husband and I specifically wanted to ensure that the religious components of the curriculum and policies were based in sound biblical doctrine and not church dogma.
The program meets twice a week from 8 am - 3 or 4 pm (depending on the day). I go into the office on the days that my daughter is at school. On the off days, she is home with me. I instruct her in the morning and then work a full day. If things get off schedule, we pick back up with what we missed before dinner. I work from home. My husband works in sales and has a very flexible schedule as well. Those two factors make scheduling much more manageable.
I would be lying if I said this is easy. Making this work requires organization, planning, and determination. However, I am so glad that I have chosen this path, and I trust that things will come together in the end.
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