Putting the hybrid in our homeschool

So I describe myself all over the internet like this: wife, mama, freelance writer, occasional crafter, hybrid homeschooler, Mary Poppins wannabe.

It works for me.

If you’ve been hanging around here long enough you know we’ve homeschooled all four girls until this past year. This past year we sent two to a great local Christian school and I continued to homeschool the younger two. Next year we will streamline again by all being on the same page, but it will still be a change. We’ll be participating in the blended educational model of Veritas Classical Academy.

Veritas seems like the best of both worlds. My two younger girls will attend classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays and be home on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. My two older girls will attend classes on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays and be home on Mondays and Wednesdays.

As much as I’ve appreciated what my two older girls had this year at their school, and believe me, I appreciated it very much, I’m really looking forward to all of us being on the same page again next year.

The entry-level draw back, however, is that Veritas teaches Saxon math to the students one year ahead. I have no issues with Saxon, but I’m a little concerned over the one year ahead thing.

So guess who is doing math all summer long? That’s right, point those fingers right at us. My 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 6th graders will be cramming 2nd, 4th, 6th, and 7th grade math all summer long so that when they go in as 2nd, 4th, 6th, and 7th graders in the fall hopefully they will be ready to do 3rd, 5th, 7th, and 8th grade math.

Make sense? Last night I pulled together the insane math schedule we’re going to have to do all summer to make this happen. We’re completely redefining the term summer fun around here this year.

But I know they can do it and this could very well be the right summer to make it happen considering we’ll have just moved to a new place and not be very well connected with friends for the girls yet. What else is there to do in Oklahoma besides math anyway?

I’m KIDDING. Of course.

Anyway, that’s the latest on what’s going on with our educational roller coaster. I’m hoping it’s all downhill from here.

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4 thoughts on “Putting the hybrid in our homeschool

  1. Kelly says:

    Are they teaching the 87 for 7th grade or Algebra One? On the plus side – Saxon repeats alot – so parts of should go fast!

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  2. TulipGirl says:

    Have fun!
    My two oldest boys (who were in school since March) have CHOSEN to do math over the summer (Teaching Textbooks, Algebra and Geometry. . . much less painful than Saxon. . .) But my two younger ones are STILL in “school” for the summer, with the likelihood they’ll be in school in the fall. Maybe. We’re still figuring it out.
    I REALLY missed my two older boys the past few months when they were in school. Then again, it was fun to do the cookies-and-milk-tell-mama-everything routine when they got home in the afternoon.
    We’ll see. . . Praying y’all have wisdom. Heck, I’m praying WE have wisdom.

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  3. Mrs. O. says:

    Hi Megan,
    I’m an Oklahoma mom who just read this blog post!
    Since you are “new” in the area, here is a fun thing to do-for the whole family-something to help you chill in the warm weather we’re having.
    Check out Earlywine park pool in South OKC (outdoor pool). This summer they opened a $1.5 million dollar addition to the pool, and it is so fun! It is a large/tubular slide with a bowl. You start up high, and two people must ride it together in a figure 8 styled inner tube (holes in it for two different bodies), then you go down a large tube FAST into a (please excuse this)-I don’t know how to describe this except it’s like a toilet bowl-around which you swirl one or two times, and then down through another chute into the bottom of the slide. All of it is filled with water.
    The pool opens at 12 daily, and is $6 a person (regardless of whether they are going to get wet or not). The pool stays open until 9 p.m. If you want to go in after 6 p.m., the entrance fee is $3 each. Check it out!
    I moved here from the west coast about 15 years ago. We’re not all okie natives here! Did you say you are from Missouri? Great state. We enjoyed camping and traveling around there last summer. My girls liked the Laura Ingalls Wilder museum.

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  4. Megan says:

    I am SO glad to get this info from you! We live super close to a pool, but it is woefully understaffed and not a ton of fun. It is good for cooling down, though, so there’s that. And it’s free… We will definitely check out the center you mentioned above and SOON!
    We did move here from St. Louis, but I also grew up in the Tulsa area, so I’m sort of “home” though I’m not at all familiar with OKC. It’s a steep learning curve.

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