One of my biggest concerns, when beginning to homeschool high school, was figuring out the courses. I mean, some of them were pretty easy – algebra, geometry, chemistry – but what else did I need to include? After all, it had been over 20 years since I’d been in high school.
To figure it out, I went where all good Internet-age mamas go: Google!
I searched “graduation requirements” plus my county. I didn’t have much luck there, so I wound up searching my state, Georgia. I finally found a county I’d never heard of who had very considerately put their graduation requirements and course descriptions online.
Another option would have been to look at the entrance requirements for any colleges that Brianna wanted to attend, so that we could tailor our courses to meet their requirements. However, since she didn’t have any specific schools in mind, we just went with the general graduation requirements for our state, since those should meet the basic entrance requirements of most state colleges. The plan was that we could tweak, as needed, when we got closer to deciding on a college.
The reason that I chose this route was that I want Brianna to have the option to do whatever she chooses after graduation. Going with the assumption that she will want to attend college, I wanted to make sure that what we were doing would meet those requirements and that she would at least be exposed to the same types of courses and level of work that her fellow graduates, whether public-, private- or homeschooled, would probably have had.
What we came up with – and what is probably fairly standard – was:
- Four years of math
- Four years of English/language arts
- Four years of science
- Three years of social studies
- One year of physical education
- Three years of foreign language and/or fine arts
- Four electives
Basically, that means she’ll be doing the standard things like: Algebra I and II, geometry, consumer math, biology, chemistry, physics, world history, American history, and so on. Your pretty basic high school courses and we’ve got some wiggle room with the electives.
After we determined the courses, I made a table for my reference showing when we planned to do what – Freshman year: algebra, English, biology, world history, health/P.E., and an elective, for example. I was able to use the course descriptions that I found online to flesh out things like what “English 101” would look like in our home.
She took a year of Spanish before deciding that she really wanted to learn Japanese. Okay, okay. I pushed the Spanish because there was a great, very affordable class being taught for homeschoolers by a woman fluent in Spanish. Brianna hated it because she wasn’t interested in Spanish; she was interested in Japanese.
So, we’ll probably count the Spanish as one of the three years of a foreign language, even though she’ll have to take two years of Japanese – or do another year of Spanish – for the “two years of the same foreign language” requirement.
For P.E., we’ve counted her three years of volleyball. For the health portion, part of the requirement has been to read books such as And the Bride Wore White and I Kissed Dating Goodbye, since I consider abstinence until marriage as part of her physical well-being. Of course, there are also things like nutrition and physical fitness that are just part of our daily lives and discussions.
Then, I determined how Brianna would receive credit for each class…and that’s what I’ll be covering tomorrow: the three options for assigning credit for high school courses. Hope to see you then!
Be sure to visit these brilliant women during our 10 days adventure between November 7th-18th!
- 10 days of Character Studies | Confessions of a Homeschooler
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- 10 days of Creative Writing | Chocolate on My Cranium
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- 10 Days of Growing Leaders | Mom’s Mustard Seeds
- 10 days of I Wish I Had Known | Fruit in Season
- 10 days of Keeping Your Marbles | The Tie That Binds Us
- 10 days of Kid-friendly Food | Planner Perfect
- 10 Days of Language Arts Lesson Planning | Jimmie’s Collage
- 10 Days of Learning Apps | Daze of Adventure
- 10 Days of a Mason Jar Christmas | Cajun Joie de Vivre
- 10 Days of More JESUS in Christmas | Preschoolers and Peace
- 10 Days to a Peaceful Home | Raising Arrows
- 10 Days of Raising a Life-Long-Learner | Bright Ideas Press
- 10 days of Science with Math | Blog, She Wrote
- 10 days of Teaching Values | Our Journey Westward
- 10 days of Winning your Child’s Heart | I Take Joy
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Kris Bales is a newly-retired homeschool mom and the quirky, Christ-following, painfully honest founder (and former owner) of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers. She has a pretty serious addiction to sweet tea and Words with Friends. Kris and her husband of over 30 years are parents to three amazing homeschool grads. They share their home with three dogs, two cats, a ball python, a bearded dragon, and seven birds.