Homeschooling through High School has it’s own, new challenges and can seem a bit daunting. For our guide, we are using this 4 year plan that I got from the Washington Homeschool Organization website. It’s incredibly useful for making a plan for your high school curriculum. I think it’s best to make a basic 4 year plan BEFORE you start the Freshman Homeschooling year, that way you know what road to be on. But, if your child takes on other interests or an opportunity comes along that would be great for them, then by all means, make changes as necessary! Here is the four year plan: THS4YearPlan You will notice that there are three options: the no college option, the state university option and the Ivy League option. I don’t see why we wouldn’t plan for the Ivy League . . . just in case! I wouldn’t want them to miss out on any opportunities that come their way!
A little research shows me that the 5 elective credits can be any of the following (plus many, many more)
- floral design
- construction design
- digital design
- fashion design
- interior design
- commercial art
- painting, drawing, sketching,
- printing & graphics
- TV production/digital audio
- early childhood education
- any kind of technology study: aerospace, computer programming etc.
- culinary studies
- hospitality & tourism
- web design/gaming industries
- jewelry making
- sports studies
So, as you can see, it’s easy to come up with 5 credits in 4 years of high school. I found this information on the HSLDA website, which is a GREAT tool for homeschooling families!
For courses that do not use a standard high school-level textbook (perhaps you are putting together your own unit study, or you are using an integrated curriculum), log the hours that your child spends completing the course work. One credit is approximately 120-180 hours of work. The upper end of this range (180 hours) is usually appropriate for lab science courses, while 150 hours is the average for a year long academic course such as English or History. Don’t become legalistic in keeping track of each minute, but generally, when evaluating credit for an academic course, a good rule of thumb is 50 minutes a day, 5 days a week for 36 weeks, for a one-credit course.
Logging hours is a good method of determining credit for elective courses such as art, music, sewing, carpentry, web page design, etc. The lower end of the range (120 hours) is fine for elective courses. For a half-credit elective, log approximately 60 hours; for a quarter-credit elective, log approximately 30 hours.
Here is our basic 4 year plan:
3-4 Credits English ~ 2013-2014 Honors English @ co-op, 2014-2105 Literature & Composition 10 from Oak Meadow, 2015-2017 – American & World Literature series.
3-4 Credits Science ~ 2013-2014 Physical Science, Environmental science, Chemistry w/lab, Anatomy & Physiology
4 History ~ World History, American History, WA state history, Early American Studies
World Language ~ 2 two month long Mexico road trips during high school plus 3 years Rosetta Stone
3-4 Credits of Math ~ Teaching Textbooks will be done all 4 years of high school. Hopefully he will get through
2 Credits Visual or performing arts ~ Guitar
2 Credits Health & Fitness ~ Running, Rock Climbing, Kiteboarding, Mountain Biking
Occupational Education ~ Attend 15 home inspections with his dad
5 Credits Electives ~ Primitive Skills, Mountaineering, Mexico Trips, Gardening, Sustainability Studies, Animal Husbandry, Mechanics Shop and/or Wood Shop
So, as you can see, this will add up to more than the minimum requirement of 20 credits. All of the electives will be done by journaling and keeping track of all the projects we do throughout the year. We will use Oak Meadow for some of the 10-12 grade classes, specifically History as I think they will have a good grasp on ‘Real History’! I’m really looking forward to putting together Ky’s High School Portfolio. It’s something both he & <!– start LinkyTools script –><p><b>Powered by Linky Tools</b></p><p><a href=”http://www.linkytools.com/wordpress_list.aspx?id=206781&type=thumbnail”>Click here</a> to enter your link and view this Linky Tools list…</p><!– end LinkyTools script –>I can be proud of !