What should you cover? What are the necessary courses for homeschool high school?
Courses for Homeschool High School – What Needs to be Covered
How do we choose courses for homeschool high school that will help us mold our teens’ character while giving them the best life preparation?
Homeschool high schoolers must be ready to face adulthood: educationally, spiritually, emotionally, physically, socially. Here are some tips to help YOU help them prepare for the independence of adulthood.
1) Set Long-Term Goals (LTGs)
What kind of young adulthood has God called your homeschooler to? Write description or “wish list” describing his/her educational preparation, spiritual maturity, health, social skills, etc… Now make this your prayer guide. Of course, remember that a homeschool mom may plan her kids’ path- but God will direct their steps- so don’t get in His way…
2) AND use it to begin to Schedule Backwards by making some Short-Term Goals (STGs). (Note the plug for Sabrina’s FREE whitepaper on Scheduling Backwards- useful stuff.)
Short-term goals will be the areas that you want to cover each year with your homeschoolers. For educational topics we followed our umbrella school’s general guidelines but made them more specific according to our kids and our own needs and interests.
3) Here are some general thoughts:
Over the 4 years we tend to cover British Literature, World Literature, Great Christian Writers, American Literature (in no particular order), C.S. Lewis Studies, or blend topics for more general studies. (Some of my teens skipped one of the other topics to get Lewis studies on their transcripts, some mixed and matched.)
Of course, you can’t cover EVERYTHING in four years, so read this blog if you need more help deciding.
We include the mandatory vocabulary in Literature, because it is incorporated in their Literature Study Guides.
We include the mandatory grammar (in the form of editing skills for most of my teens because they had a solid handle on language mechanics and other grammar topics) in writing because editing is part of their Writing Guides.
Algebra I, II, Geometry, Financial Literacy (higher maths or business math according to my homeschool high schooler’s strengths and needs)
American History, World History (we integrated World History with Philosophy for a meaningful course), Civics, Economics, Geography, Social Sciences (Psychology, Sociology), Special Topics of Interest
Biology, Chemistry, Physical Science (or Physics), Health (or Human Development), Specialty Courses such as Advanced Chemistry, Anatomy and Physiology, Astronomy, Environmental Science
2 or 3 years of the same language
At least 1 year. (Click to see Sabrina’s popular Drama materials.) and our FREEBIE on a fun Fine Arts credit
At least 2 years
Varied numbers of credits according to student needs. Our popular Career Exploration Curriculum (and the FREEBIE-get-started Career Exploration Questionnaire and FREEBIE Career Exploration in the Bible) are light-hearted, non-threatening ways to help your homeschooler recognize what God has already done in his/her life and where He might be leading.
Varies according to student need.
We count .25 credit with a passing grade.
We use these to develop skills/talents, explore new areas of development, or add power (SPARKLE) to the transcript so that it is more attractive to colleges. Career Exploration and Religion, mentioned above, are actually Electives according to our umbrellas school. Click here for lots of ideas such as Early Childhood Education.
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