Mount Paran Christian School in Kennesaw announces a new home school hybrid program for kindergarten and first-grade students.
The first time you held her in your arms, you felt that time stood still. Then you blinked, and she was taking her first steps. Another blink, and you were chasing her down the sidewalk. Now she is preparing to enter kindergarten, and you wonder how time flew by…
“The precious moments of childhood sneak by so quickly when you’re a parent,” affirms Dr. Deborah Davis, Lower School Head at Mount Paran Christian School (MPCS) in Kennesaw. Allowing parents to enjoy those fleeting moments is one of the prime motivators behind MPCS’s new home school hybrid program, which will provide a unique partnership between home and school for kindergarten and first grade students, beginning in fall 2018.
Bridging Home & School
“We want to provide an opportunity for parents and students to experience some of the benefits of a Mount Paran education, while still enjoying home school,” says Davis. “Many parents contemplate homeschooling their children, but concerns over selecting curriculum, providing adequate social and extracurricular opportunities, and serving as their child’s sole educator can become barriers to making the home school choice. We’ve tried to remove those barriers to allow parents flexibility in their education decisions. Within our preschool, we currently have part-time programs, such as half-day and three-day options. As we looked at expanding opportunities for us to partner with parents and offer different structures, a home school hybrid emerged as a good connection for us.”
How Hybrid Homeschooling Works
This August, MPCS will offer a kindergarten and first grade multi-age hybrid classroom led by a certified teacher and paraprofessional. Hybrid students will attend class on campus for a full day on Tuesday and Thursday and a half day on Wednesday. Students will be homeschooled on Monday and Friday, as well as on Wednesday afternoons. “This schedule gives parents flexibility to have time with their children, enjoy extended weekends, and travel,” explains Davis.
The days on campus will primarily focus on math, language arts and reading with a strong foundation in phonics. Science and social studies will be integrated during those days, but the bulk of those disciplines will be covered during the parent-directed days. Curriculum suggestions will be provided by the school, with students following the same scope and standards as fulltime MPCS students. “As a covenant school, our curriculum is faith-based, so hybrid students will also receive the same biblical integration as our fulltime students,” notes Davis.
Best of Both Worlds
In addition, hybrid students will take part in lower school chapel on campus every Wednesday, as well as participating in some of MPCS’s exemplary exploratory classes, such as STEAM, music, art, Spanish and critical thinking. Parent-teacher conferences will be held regularly to assess student progress.
“Our end goal with the home school hybrid program is to help parents instill a love of learning in their children,” affirms Davis. “There are a lot of things we want little ones to learn at this age that aren’t necessarily found in a textbook. This program is a good mix of school experiences and social interactions to develop a strong academic and spiritual foundation.”
HOME SCHOOL HYBRID INFO | To learn more about the MPCS Home School Hybrid Program available for the 2018-2019 school year, visit mtparanschool.com/page/admission/homeschool-connections/homeschool-hybrid, or call 770-578-0182. 1275 Stanley Road NW, Kennesaw 30152. mtparanschool.com