What counts as homeschool high school social studies? That’s up to you and your teen (and state requirements)! Homeschool high school history is a piece of social studies, as are a few other typical areas of study. For many college bound homeschool high schoolers social studies will look like this:
– 1 credit in American History
– 1 credit World History
– .5 credit each in Civics, Economics, Geography
– .5 credit of Social Science: Psychology, Sociology or others (varies by state) OR .5 credit Elective History or State History
If you have concerns about credits what your state requires for graduation check out HSLDA’s website (and join them, too).
Homeschool High School History
Remember: You didn’t give up the right to teach what is best for your homeschooler just because he/she is in high school. Social studies is a great subject to gear towards your teen’s gifts and interests.
Homeschool high school history does not need to be all about memorizing dates and names from a musty textbook. Focus on ideas that capture your student’s attention. Use field trip experiences to guide learning. Discuss problems and solutions that have been attempted over time and around the world. Encourage your student to really THINK as you earn credits in high school social studies.
Here are some for instances:
If you’ve been doing survey courses of American History or World History (or have gone so in-depth for years), why not allow them to specialize in one or both of these courses.
This year in our homeschool group classes, we did Problem-Based Learning for American History. We did this because our local state college has started teaching classes with this approach. It was a rigorous class but many of the homeschoolers reported that it was their favorite class for the year. (We’re working on getting that curriculum to editors…)
Instead of doing the same old thing, a number of our local students have made their World History more useful by studying World History and Philosophy. The downloadable text (written by philosophy professor, Dr. Micah Tillman, and me) was designed to capitalize on the fact that teens are often developing metacognition and are wanting to think deep thoughts and wrestle with ideas. This text surveys world history along with the philosophers that influenced each time period. The homeschoolers have completed the course with good background in philosophy and history (and some extra thinking skills).
There are a number of good civics and economics texts. Here is a post on good civics literature that can help your homeschool level-up his/her social studies civic and economics.
And check out Sabrina’s post on creating a high school social studies elective credit; she and her son had a good time doing that last spring!
Try homeschool high school history options beyond the traditional timeline, and discover great ideas in the various high school social studies subjects you can explore.