Here are 3 ways to do block scheduling in homeschool highschool.
3 Ways to Do Block Scheduling in Homeschool Highschool
There’s not ONE right way to homeschool highschool!
That’s a good thing because there’s not ONE kind of homeschool highschool student! There’s not ONE kind of homeschool learning style.
Many homeschooling families follow a traditional semester schedule.
- Full credit courses last for the entire school year
- Half credit courses span only one semester
This is a sensible way to schedule and plan a homeschool highschool year. However, it simply doesn’t work best for some teens. Some young people like to concentrated on only 2 or 3 courses, knock them out and do 2 or 3 more courses.
That’s what block scheduling is about! Here are 3 ways to do block scheduling in homeschool highschool.
Block Schedule Type 1:
- Choose a difficult course (like Math or Science) along with an easier course or two for the fall semester
- Choose a time-intensive course (like Language Arts) along with an easier course or two for the spring semester
- Or vise versa
Block Schedule Type 2:
- Put the more challenging courses in the fall (like Math, Science and/or Language Arts)
- Schedule all other courses together in the spring
- Or vise versa
Block Schedule Type 3:
- Break the year into quarters and schedule fun or easy courses to last one quarter (half a semester) each
- Leave the more difficult courses as semesters (like Math, Science, Language Arts)
- Students will have a mix of semester-long courses and quarter long-courses each semester
Block scheduling is the perfect set-up for students who need to plow through one or two subjects without interruption.
Block scheduling still requires 120-180 hours of instruction/educational activity per Carnegie credit (click here for a post that explains earning credits). So, if you’re blocking, plan wisely.