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2024 - 2025
LOWER ELEMENTARY HYBRID PROGRAMS (K-5th)

FUN, FLEXIBLE, AND FILLED WITH LEARNING!

OUR PROGRAM

Our program fosters self-confidence, creativity, and a love for learning by prioritizing a relaxed and engaging atmosphere that minimizes stress, and promotes productive learning, critical thinking, and creativity. While we teach core skills and standards, we have a quality-over-quantity approach and believe students learn best when they are engaged and appropriately challenged. Our curriculum embraces a dynamic, multi-sensory approach across all subjects. Recognizing the significance of breaks and socialization, our students enjoy a 30-minute outdoor play break in the morning, complemented by a generous hour-long break for lunch and outdoor recess. Note: kindergarteners seeking a single, half-day experience are encouraged to check out our Kindergarten Learn & Play option on Fridays!

To meet the unique needs of our homeschool community, families can select their days of attendance based on their family's schedule. Students may attend 1 - 5 days per week. 

LOOKING FOR A BALANCED PROGRAM THAT OFFERS ACADEMICS AND DEEP LEARNING?


Core Skills & Standards
 

Each morning, students in our hybrid programs receive engaging instruction in the "core skills" of reading, language arts, and math. Content-based subjects such as science and social studies, plus deep learning enrichment such as STEM Art & Culture are offered in the afternoons. See our schedule below for full details!

Critical Thinking & Creativity

We offer an abundance of opportunities to develop creativity and critical thinking, skills. From analyzing literature, to participating in STEAM activities, or building a fort in our "forest," our students learn to model, create, construct, write with purpose, become an entrepreneur, and so much more!

Reading Instruction

We specialize in reading!
Our Orton Gillingham based approach provides explicit, sequential, multi-sensory instruction to help students learn to read, spell, and write effectively! OG reading instruction is included in all of our hybrid programming K - 5th grade. We also offer small group literacy intensives and private tutoring options.

STUDENTS CAN ATTEND ONE TO FIVE DAYS PER WEEK!

FLEXIBLE ATTENDANCE OPTIONS!

Families can select a schedule that works best for their student, allowing flexibility and customization in your homeschooling journey. Programming options run Monday through Friday.

 

Hours

All of our lower hybrid classes are drop-off and operate 9:00 - 2:00. Extended hours are available Monday through Thursday until 4:00. 

Hybrid Programming - What's in a Day?

Our Monday through Thursday hybrid classes offer instruction of *core skills (Math, Reading, Spelling, ELA) in the morning.  Content-based subjects like science (M) and social studies (W), along with deep learning opportunities such as STEM (T) and Art & Culture (TH), are offered in the afternoons.  On Fridays, we offer a dynamic literacy experience for students 8+ that supports developing, struggling, or dyslexic readers through multisensory, OG based instruction and intervention. Friday afternoons will feature a well-deserved "Fun Friday" experience based on the books we read in the morning!

Hybrid Scheduling - Pick Your Days!

Mondays and Wednesdays must be taken as a set. Tuesdays and Thursdays may be added to the the Monday/Wednesday program (M/W+X), taken as a set (T/TH), or taken individually (T or TH). Fridays can be taken individually, or paired with any other hybrid combination.  

Primary Cohorts (K - 3rd)

This is a mixed-age program; as such, students will enjoy, and benefit from, interactions with all students throughout the day. Shared experiences include Community Time, recess, lunch, story time, special projects, etc. For skills-based subjects such as reading and math, students will be divided into ability-based sub-groups within the primary and elementary levels to ensure they receive appropriately-targeted instruction.

3rd Graders: The maturity and stamina of 3rd graders varies widely; therefore they will be assessed and placed into either the primary or elementary cohorts depending on their personal developmental level.

Fourth & Fifth Foundations Cohort - M/W ONLY or PAIR WITH UPPER HYBRID

Our4th/5th Foundations Cohort runs Mondays and Wednesdays and is an exceptional opportunity for fourth and fifth graders to build academic foundations in a relaxed and stress-reduced setting. The focus of this cohort is increasing working stamina, building reading and writing skills, and solidifying foundational math skills through hands-on math. This program may be combined with the T/TH Upper Hybrid to create a comprehensive 4-day schedule. 

 

Home Study Curriculum

Students in the Monday/Wednesday program will receive two days of home study curriculum. Assignments will be adapted for students who attend supplemental days. Expected home study time is about 1 - 2.5 hours per day, depending on the age and ability of the child. These assignments help to reinforce concepts learned in class. They also progress your child through the curriculum and provide educational 'hours' to satisfy Georgia requirements.

Satisfying GA Instructional Requirements

The state of GA requires students receive "instruction in the core subjects of Math, ELA, Science, and Social Studies." Attending the M/W or T/TH satisfies this requirement. While GA does not require homeschoolers to follow state educational standards, we do offer standards-supportive instruction in all subjects. 

*Core skills include *math, reading, phonics, writing, spelling, and grammar. 

Mondays / Wednesdays

Our Monday/Wednesday program offers instruction in the "Core 4" subjects, including leveled math and an ELA emphasis on learning to read, write, and spell effectively using an OG approach. Standards-aligned instruction in science and social studies is provided in the afternoons. These two days meet GA requirements for "providing instruction" in the core subjects. 

Thursdays - Core 4 + Art & Culture

Our Thursday program expands upon the "Core 4" skills learned on Mondays and Wednesdays. The ELA emphasis on Thursdays is writing and composition. Students will learn many writing types, including creative writing, writing to inform, real-world writing (i.e. creating a poster for their "Business Bonanza" booth!), and more! Afternoons are an enjoyable mix of art and cultural studies.

Tuesdays - Core 4 + STEM

Our Tuesday program expands upon the "Core 4" skills learned on Mondays and Wednesdays. The ELA emphasis on Tuesdays is "Learning through Literature," and provides literature-rich activities such as Reader's Theater, related crafts, genre and character studies, and more! Students will LOVE our afternoon filled with hands-on, STEAM-based fun!

Friday Literacy Intensive

Our dynamic literacy experience provides intervention-style programming for struggling or dyslexic readers and writers. Our specialized curriculum is taught by trained teachers and includes: Orton Gillingham (phonics, spelling, fluency), Lindamood Bell's Visualizing and Verbalizing (comprehension & higher order thinking), and Handwriting Without Tears (penmanship and fine motor).

Core 4

MONDAYS & WEDNESDAYS: MATH, ELA, SCIENCE, SOCIAL STUDIES

Math

Math instruction is carried through the week, from Monday through Thursday, and students will complete home study assignments on the days they do not attend. In class, we use a carefully curated mix of math resources and curriculum to ensure students receive the instruction they need to thrive. Students enjoy a daily mix of hands-on fluency work and math games, spiral reviews, and then teacher-directed instruction and/or computer-based learning for new concepts. 

ELA Focus: Core Reading and Writing Skills

Each ELA block includes two segments: reading and writing strategies and language artsThe ELA focus of this program is learning to read, write, and spell with confidence using an Orton Gillingham approach. Grammar, comprehension, and fluency are also key components of the M/W ELA blocks. While literature and composition are introduced, these skills are more deeply developed on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 

Science

Students will enjoy weekly science classes in the afternoons. A rotation of standards-aligned units are presented using a mix of literature, multi-media, experiments, and hands-on fun!  

Social Studies

Like science, standards-aligned units are presented weekly using a mix of teacher-curated resources that include literature-based activities, multi-media presentations, craftivities, and more.

Deep Learning

TUESDAYS: MATH, LEARNING THROUGH LITERATURE, + STEAM

Math

Math instruction is carried through the week, from Monday through Thursday, and students will complete home study assignments on the days they do not attend. In class, we use a carefully curated mix of math resources and curriculum to ensure students receive the instruction they need to thrive. Students enjoy a daily mix of hands-on fluency work and math games, spiral reviews, and then teacher-directed instruction and/or computer-based learning for new concepts. 

ELA Focus: Learning Through Literature

Each ELA block includes two segments: reading and writing strategies and language arts. The ELA focus on Tuesdays is "Learning Through Literature," which includes reading to comprehend, understand, analyze, and synthesize literature and informational text. Students will enjoy literature-related activities such as listening to exciting stories and tales, literature-circles (discussions), reader’s theater, response journals, story structure activities, craftivities, games, and more! 

Science

Our STEAM-centered afternoons add depth to the science units introduced in the M/W program, while also adding exciting STEAM activities that rotate through a selection of topic-related experiments, labs, art projects, engineering and construction challenges, and more. Toss the textbook - this block is hands-on FUN!

THURSDAYS: MATH, COMPOSITION, + ART & CULTURE

Math

Math instruction is carried through the week, from Monday through Thursday, and students will complete home study assignments on the days they do not attend. In class, we use a carefully curated mix of math resources and curriculum to ensure students receive the instruction they need to thrive. Students enjoy a daily mix of hands-on fluency work and math games, spiral reviews, and then teacher-directed instruction and/or computer-based learning for new concepts. 

ELA Focus: Compose & Create!

Each ELA block includes two segments: reading and writing strategies and language arts. The ELA focus on Thursdays is age-appropriate writing and composition. Grammar and spelling concepts will be integrated and reinforced as students learn to write in a variety of formats through Writer’s Workshop, real-world writing activities such as writing letters to friends, menus for our own restaurant, or advertisements, informational writing, stories, etc.

 

Art & Culture

Our afternoons build on current social studies units from the Monday/Wednesday program, adding significant depth through hands-on engagement. Students will enjoy art lessons, cultural studies, cooking projects, and more!

FRIDAYS: LITERACY INTENSIVE + FUN FRIDAY

Literacy

Succeeding in Reading is an intensive, intervention-style class that provides explicit, sequential, multi-sensory instruction in reading, comprehension, and writing/fine motor skills. This program is excellent for students who would benefit from an additional morning of engaging and fun literacy instruction such as new or struggling readers, and/or students presenting with dyslexia, hyperlexia, dysgraphia, processing disorders. We pride ourselves on having trained teachers who can provide quality, evidence-based programming to our Succeeding in Reading students at a rate that is drastically reduced from paying individual tutors or going to in-center reading programs.

Phonics: Orton Gillingham 

Develops phonemic awareness, decoding (sounding out words), encoding (spelling), and fluency

Target student: dyslexic, dysgraphic, new or struggling readers

Comprehension/Language: Lindamood Bell Visualizing & Verbalizing

Targets language development, comprehension, & higher order thinking

Target student: speech and language disorders, hyperlexic, high functioning autism, processing disorders

Fine Motor/Penmanship: Handwriting Without Tears

Develops motor strength, motor planning, letter sequencing and formation.

Target student: dysgraphic, dyslexic, fine motor delays

UNDERSTANDING GEORGIA LAW

Georgia law requires that all homeschooling families submit an annual Declaration of Intent to Homeschool. Parents must provide their learner with instruction in four core subjects of ELA, math, science, and social studies. Students must receive 4.5 hours of learning opportunities for 180 days per year. There are no mandated instructional hours or standards in any given subject, nor are there any mandatory graduation requirements for homeschoolers aside from being 16 years old. Students must take a standardized test every three years (starting in 3rd grade) and families must write an annual progress summary. While the law provides a lot of liberties to homeschoolers, most families seeking our services generally want their child to receive quality, standards-aligned instruction in the core subjects in a relaxed, hands-on, creative setting that embraces the experience of family and childhood, while fostering independence, creativity, critical thinking, friendships, a sense of community, and self-confidence.

It is important to note that only the 5-day track meets the instructional hours requirement, meaning families must continue the learning process at home. Home learning can include our supplied home study curriculum (C4 program only), enrichment classes, or any other learning activities such as field trips, sports, cooking, reading, music lessons, language classes, reading activities, science experiments, etc. Both the Core 4 and Deep Learning programs offer instruction in the mandated subjects. The Core 4 program aligns to Georgia Standards for Excellence, while the Deep Learning programs support the standards in a more broad-scope fashion. 

 

Students enrolled in our Core 4 program will receive 2 days of home study, mid-year conferences,

and an annual progress summary. We do not currently offer standardized testing.

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