Planning, oh the joys of planning. There are many things that come to mind when it comes to homeschooling high school and planning for it! There are many things to think about, between scheduling what classes will be when and how many credits will be needed to graduate! These take some extra time to make sure you are not overloading your child the last semester before they are to graduate.
So, what was the first thing I did when I realized that I would be homeschooling Moe man through High School? I found a way to make sure I knew what classes he would need and how many credits he would need to graduate. A great place to find that, would be on your state’s education website. Donna Young has a list of all the states and their websites. From my state’s site, I found out that Moe Man will need 21.5 credits to graduate High School. This is split up between Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies the Arts, and Electives.
Now that you know how many credits your child needs to graduate, it is time to plan it out. Once again, Donna Young has some great pages to break it down. This helps you to see what your child will need to do each year. Tina Robertson has also put together a great set of papers to help you plan what your child will need to complete each year to allow your child to graduate. But what if you like the Charlotte Mason style of homeschooling? There is also a packet put together on Simply Charlotte Mason that will help you plan the school from the very beginning!
Once you decide what your child will be learning and when, it is time to decide HOW they will learn it. Will you do a typical schedule of multiple classes each day, or will you opt for block scheduling? I personally love block scheduling, but Moe Man likes to keep the variety up and do multiple classes every day. This is something you will need to sit down and discuss with your child. They know how they like to learn and listening to them will make them happy with learning. Having them happy with learning will in turn make you happy as well!
During this time, you do not need to plan every day of the next four years. All you need to do is make sure your child will cover the required classes before they graduate. Take the time to make sure that you have looked over everything, write in pencil the classes you want your child to take, and change them each year as needed. The only time I write something in pen on these forms is once Moe Man is done with the class. Times change, curriculum changes, and kids change. Therefore, plans will change.
Have you found out what your state requires for graduation? Is there a planner that you love to make sure your child will accomplish all of this before it is too late?
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