Yes, we’re homeschooling high school and no, we’re not afraid of it. The only thing that’s really worried me over the summer is that I don’t want to lose the fun part of school with my oldest just because he’s in high school. While the other kids are making dioramas and going on nature hikes, I don’t want him left behind because he’s busy with “more important high school subjects.”
So we’re going forward with as much fun-schooling as we can muster. We’re outsourcing, playing to our strengths and getting our credits checked off, too.
Homeschooling High School: the how’s
Homeschooling high school isn’t scary, it’s just a bit more involved perhaps. There’s a few things you need to think about when you start this high school thing.
- Figure out grading scales. Even if you didn’t keep track of grades for elementary school, it might be a good idea to keep a closer tab on it now. You can grade with a percentage-type grade, a letter grade, a pass/fail type of system or more, but if you’re going to do it, it’s a good idea to start something you can carry through all four years, just to make it easy on yourself down the road.
- Decide on credits and what they mean. In Minnesota, the teacher (me, hi!) gets to choose how many credits your kid needs to graduate. I’ve been looking at the local public schools and what they require as a guide. Normally, 120 hours of “work” equals one full credit, but you can explore other options for that as well, depending on your state requirements.
- Come up with a four-year plan. This is the most fun in my opinion. I laid out a chart of what Noah will (probably) be covering over the next four years. It’s a good idea so that you can see if you fill in all the required classes, what credits you have left to fill in and what classes to fill those with. I’ve laid out his maths for the next four years and ideas for history. The other things we’ll fill in based on interest at the time.
Ninth Grade Language Arts
- Literature course with Boomerang Guides (Lit 1 credit)
- Here’s his Book List
- Easy Grammar
- WriteShop II (English 1 credit)
Ninth Grade Math and Logic
- BJU Press Algebra I (Math 1 credit)
- Hands-On Math Projects
- Mathability in the Real World
- The Fallacy Detective
History and Science
- American Government (Social Studies 1/2 credit)–we’ll be using lots of different resources for these two units and I’ll be sharing those as we do them
- Early American History (Social Studies 1/2 credit)
- Apologia General Science (Science 1 credit)
Other Cool Stuff
- Foreign Language: Rosetta Stone German (Foreign Language 1 credit)
- Baseball (P.E. 1/2 credit) and Boy Scouts
- Art: Drawing and Art History (Fine Arts 1/2 credit) I’ll share the deets on this course as well!
Total Credits: 7
So who’s starting this high school journey with me?? I want to know what you’re planning for the year too!
This post is part of my Big, Fat Homeschool Planning Series.
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