Kid #5 starts 12th grade this fall. It will be homeschool year 26 for me. I reckon that’s pretty close to a career!
Each of my kids have had different learning styles. This required different methods for earning those high school credits. Want to know what they are?
If I were cooler-than-all-get-out, I might not ever use a textbook. But I’m only chill-not-cool, so I do. Textbooks help my kids get ready for all that boring college reading- that’s my rationale. Besides, there are some subjects I simply abhor (like math), so getting it done with a text is the quickest, easiest way for us.
2) Carnegie Hours
The Carnegie Unit/Credit was invented by the Carnegie Foundation a hundred years ago to try to standardize educational times. They suggested that Credit be assigned for every 120 hours of classroom instruction on a subject. (Our local state requires 135 hours per credit.)
I have used Carnegie Hours for arts, history, music, apprenticeships, technology, and phys ed. We simply keep a log of what we did, when, and how long.
3) Syllabus-based classes in co-ops and umbrella schools
My kids have all benefited from the expertise of other homeschool moms and dads. They have learned Spanish, literature, and chemistry from way-more-awesome-and-experienced folks. (They also like hanging around with their homeschool buddies in the group classes as we homeschool in community.)
4) College classes
Two of my kids took courses at the community college in their junior
and senior years in high school. These were courses in their gifted areas. We ran out of resources at home, so sent them to the college. They had great experiences there and both earned a certificate in their field (one earned a certificate in Photography, the other in Video Production) concurrent with their high school diplomas. It was a good leg-up when they went away to college.
5) Online courses
There are gazillions of online courses. When my daughter was in high school, she found free online courses on html and webpage design. She earned her technology credit doing these.
There is not ONE right way to homeschool.
God has blessed us with lots of opportunities. It is our job to seek Him on what is best for each homeschooler!
What are some ways your student has earned or is planning to earn those high school credits? (Check below to find out how Sabrina double-logs credits.
Career Exploration is a useful elective for your homeschooler’s transcript! Our $6.99 course uses a low-key, light-hearted approach for teens to learn about seeking God’s will, learning from their experiences, understanding their gifts and talents, solidifying their values and checking in with the US Department of Labor for job descriptions and requirements.
This is a good, short, summertime project!
Here’s Sabrina’s advice on double-logging credits: