My last post here at Hip Homeschool Moms was about the Anxiety Over Homeschooling High School. My daughter is currently in eighth grade which has me doing extensive research into what we need to be doing for her upcoming high school years. The 4 years of high school become more critical than most other years because they are what sets the stage for your teenager’s future beyond grade school.
One of the things that is new for high school are electives. Just what is considered an elective for high school? High school electives go beyond the core classes of English, math, science, and history. Electives supplement the educational years with classes that interest your teenager and prepare them for their adult lives.
High school is a time where your child should be exploring their interests in an effort to find a career path that is right for them. It is also a time where your teenager needs to learn to be ready for adult life. Therefore teaching life skills as high school electives is a good idea as we all need to be able to take care of ourselves.
Since this is a new concept to me, and may be for many of you preparing to enter the high school years, I have compiled a few resources for ideas on what you can choose as electives.
1. Over on our Hip Homeschool Moms Facebook wall in December I posed this question: What types of activities, courses, topics have those with experience #homeschooling high school used to consider as electives? Click here to view this thread and all the wonderful answers that our HHM Community had to offer.
Also for more topics pertaining to the high school years you can visit our Facebook Community Discussions Page for High School. New links are added to our Facebook Community Discussions pages weekly so feel free to stop in and see what is new!
2. HSLDA (Home School Legal Defense Association) has a great pdf on their website with a list of topics/courses of study that compiled as possibilities for high school electives.
3. I too have compiled a large list of possible topics/courses of study over on my website, StartsAtEight. Along with the list you can find a little more in depth look at electives, as well as a link to a follow up post I did with some detailed choices my teen and I have made for some electives and what specifically we are using to fulfill those credit hours.
Please feel free to chime in via a comment with your suggestions, and things that you have been successful or unsuccessful with pertaining to high school electives. I am always gathering and learning and would love to hear what other information you have to add to my research!
Heidi is a 35 year old, happily married wife to one self proclaimed computer geek. Through their 14 years of marriage they have added 3 children: Chloe (13), Jayden (10), and Ava (6), as well as 2 dogs: Muffin and Oscar, to the mix. When not totally engrossed in homeschooling, or taxi service for the children Heidi likes to read, blog at Starts At Eight, and chronicle their lives in photos, as well as working at new hand projects like gardening, knitting, and crochet. You can also catch her on Twitter, and Facebook!