Several years ago, I planned our high school years. Those homeschool high school plans were not set in stone, in fact, there are a few things we changed. The reason behind making these plans was so I could see what my son needed to meet graduation requirements. While the state of Montana and Georgia do not have graduation requirements for homeschoolers, I did use the local high school requirements as a planning tool. Because of planning, this final school year will carry a light load so we can enjoy our time together as a family before my son heads off into the adult world.
Creating a Homeschool High School Plan
Homeschooling high school doesn’t have to be intimidating; you just need a plan in place. When I say plan, I don’t mean you have to have your curriculum choices made. You just need to know the courses your child will take. As time moves forward, you can plan out your curriculum and make changes as needed.
Why you should create a homeschool high school plan.
Requirements. If your state requires certain courses and number of credits, you need to know about them so you can plan accordingly. You also need to know the requirements of perspective colleges.
College. Whether your child attends college or not, plan for them to attend. Their plans may change in the future and not having the right amount of credits or courses will only hurt them. Only you know your child. Will they need general college prep or a rigorous college prep? With college to consider, high school plans help you see the needed courses your child will take.
Help keep your sanity. Instead of worrying about missing a course, if it is in the plans, you’ll see it. There is nothing like being able to open to a page and see four years of plans. If a plan changes, it’s easy to see everything and know where changes can be made.
It’s very easy to create a homeschool high school plan.
Get your student involved. Since this plan is your child’s plans for education, they should be part of it. They know their interests and if there is something they want to learn, allowing them to have a say gives them more decision making skills.
Include the electives. Be careful when choosing electives. These courses represent who your child is. Electives let them branch out and try new things while digging deeper into a passion they have. Be choosy about electives, don’t try and fill credits just to have them.
Keep a record. Record the completed courses and any changes you made. (I used a composition notebook and pencil.) The changes will help you remember why something was changed.
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