Combining Credits: Literature, History Elective, Fine Arts

As homeschool academic advisor, I’ve enjoyed looking back at various ways of combining credits for great high school experiences. Today I’d like to share how we created useful and inspirational combined credits for my youngest.

Combining Credits: Literature, History and Fine Arts

Seth is a musician. He has played guitar and drums on church worship team for years. He is a thinking musician and wants to know how and why we do contemporary-style worship . So starting off high school with a good foundation in Christian experience and the how’s-and-why’s of worship was a good use of his time. We ended up combining credits for his literature, history elective, and fine arts in a inspirational and meaningful way.


7Sister Sabrina was teaching Great Christian Writers in our homeschool group classes. My son, Seth, and I were excited that he’d have a chance to start his high school years with some really meaningful (and some of it downright fascinating) literature.

In his group classes (which he loved), they covered  these writers (using Sabrina’s excellent study guides):

The Practice of the Presence of God- Brother Lawrence

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Pilgrim’s Progress- John Bunyan

God’s Smuggler- Brother Andrew

Born Again- Chuck Colson

Joni- Joni Eareckson Tada

Something Beautiful For God (Mother Teresa)- Malcolm Muggeridge

The Hiding Place- Corrie ten Boom

and several others inspired Seth by the Christlike characters portrayed (and some truly adventurous reading with Brother Andrew)!

History Elective

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To understand his church’s passion for contemporary worship, Seth needed to understand the history of Christian worship. He started with ancient Hebrew worship and worked his way through the birth of the church, up to the Middle Ages. (He stopped there for the year and finished the study in senior year.) He used The Oxford History of Christian Worship, The Story of Christian Music and more. Then he wrote the 10-page research paper that our umbrella school required for Language Arts on the topic. (You can find a copy of the paper as a sample paper in 7Sisters APA Style Research Paper Writing Guide.)

Fine Arts

To tie everything together, Seth earned a fine arts credit in Church Worship Theory. He logged 68 hours in watching instructional videos by Paul Baloche and a number of others (even a fun “how-to write a worship song in 5 minutes” by Blimey Cow).He studied Music Theory for a solid foundation. He filled in the time he needed for his 135 hours for Carnegie credit with his practice time on the worship team.

By combining credits for literature, history elective, and fine arts, Seth finished the year, grounded in Christian experiences and solid foundation for the callings God has blessed him with.

In case you haven’t seen it: just for fun, here’s my vlog on the perfect transcript.



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Vicki Tillman

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3 Replies to “Combining Credits: Literature, History Elective, Fine Arts”

  1. Thanks, Susan! My kids and I have had a blast during high school finding ways to create fun and useful credits. AND I love the Finishing Strong linkup- such great posts!

  2. Thank you for these suggestions! I know my kids are going to look for creative options for high school credits too. We appreciate your sharing at the Finishing Strong Link-up.

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