This time of year, we hear questions about high school health (and everything else homeschooling).
There are some good ideas for health at the high school level in a updated classic post:
1) Traditional curriculum: a favorite locally is Total Health by Susan Boe
This text is serious health for the serious student.
2) Log 120-135 hours of individual instruction in health topics (such as Red Cross First Aid and CPR courses)
3) Anatomy and Physiology– a choice for future nursing students. Look at Apologia’s.
4) For teens who have already covered nutrition, exercise, drug avoidance, and abstinence- why repeat the same stuff? It is a good idea to give them some genuine life-lasting skills for their health course. Allow them to gain understanding of themselves, their siblings, their parents, and grandparents. This is covered in the course: Human Development from a Christian Worldview.
I didn’t want my own kids to graduate high school without a good understanding of the way people grow and change from womb to old age. However, I couldn’t find a Human Development curriculum from a Christian worldview. So, out of my work and training as a counselor I wrote one. I’ve been using it for years with all my kids and the local homeschoolers. Now, 7 Sisters has published it.
The other day, my 15-year-old was telling me why the 2-year-old niece of his friend says, “NO” and “over-generalizes her grammar rules”. He also understands why his grandparents tell the same stories over and over. He also is beginning to recognize the early stages of his own metacognition. These are skills that will help him be a better babysitter and friend. Then someday, he’ll be a better husband and father. These are Human Development skills.
Our Human Development book is written as a light-hearted text at an average high school level. My son added activities suggested in the book to increase the level to college prep.
I’d like to suggest Human Development to your homeschooler as high school health!
Your turn: What are some things your homeschoolers have done for health?