Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Electives in the High School Years {Homeschool High School}

Welcome to the second edition of Homeschooling in the High School Years Blog Hop.

Last month we shared some thoughts on Homeschooling High School Planning.  This month we would like to talk about Electives in the High School Years.

High School years are a wonderful time to explore the greater world around you and discover the more complex subjects.

During these years most subjects are compulsory and needed in order to gain credits and a pass depending on the Country/State you are in.  Be sure to examine the laws/requirements of your particular area when planning the non- negotiable subjects.  Before you start considering the electives you will be pursuing in the high school years it is important to decide which subjects are non-negotiable.

The electives serve your home school well during this time as they keep your students inspired to keep on keeping on with their studies. They provide a platform to exercise choice and a vehicle to explore their own passions and educational motivations.

I've been speaking to my nephews and nieces and discovered that electives abound. These days there are subjects that I've never even heard of presented as electives...

Electives serve as a wonderful tool for the non-traditional track learners in your home and will equip them in their chosen field of study.

Electives to Consider

  • Technology {Computing, Web Design, Virtual Assistant, Social Media Management}
  • Business {Accounting, Business Math, IT}
  • Foreign Language
  • Bible {Old/New Testament Survey, Doctrine, Apologetic s}
  • Fine Arts {Music, Drama, Dance, Theater, Art Appreciation}
  • Humanities {Literature, Psychology, Journalism, Sociology, Communication, etc}
  • Life Skills {Foundations for daily living, Consumer Math, Home Economics, Nutrition, Budgeting, Banking}
  • Logic 
  • Agriculture
This is in no way a definitive list but rather a list to get you thinking about the possibilities ...

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Life Skills

One of the areas most neglected in the high school years is in the area of life skills.  It is  important to make a list of life skills your student will need when they leave home to either attend tertiary studies, work full time or moving out to start living independently.

A life skill is defined as a skill that is necessary in order to fully participate in every day life. It is the ability to cope with the challenges of daily life. It covers the skill sets of communication, decision-making, occupational requirements, problem-solving, time management and planning.

Take some time to think of the things you encountered when you left home that were daunting and felt like curved balls.
  • Talk about these things with your children.  
  • Schedule time in for them to practice new skills such as meal planning, etc.  
  • Take them with you to the bank so they become familiar with the banking system. 
  • Change a tire on the car.  Check the oil/water on the car together.
  • Get them looking for a bargain. Price compare for an item the family are needing to purchase.
  • Teach them to iron their clothes. 
  • Simple clothe mending (sewing on a button) etc.
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We hope that you have found the information you are looking for on home educating in the high school years and look forward to chatting about Math, Science, Biology, History next month.


Monday, 27 July 2015

Joseph Haydn {Composer Study - Poppins Book Nook}

This months theme for the Poppins Book Nook is Composer Study. There are so many wonderful resources available today to make studying the composers a pleasure and and an adventure.  Great Musicians Series from Zeezok Publishing is one of my all time favourite living history resources for introducing famous musicians to my students.

This books are 9 x 7 inches in size and have beautiful line drawings throughout.  They are biographical stories about composers. They share a little background about what's happening in the composers life and then insert the piano music for the piece of music being discussed along with a reference to the companion CD.

We use the companion CD's and it's Nathaniel's job to play the correct track at the moment the piece is introduced. The stories are well written and twaddle free.

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Jill from over at Enchanted Homeschooling Mom has made this FREE Poppins Book Nook pack for you.
  • An official interactive Poppins Book Nook bookmark for this month’s theme
  • This month’s Passport pages to add to your lap book
  • Several lap book elements centered around The Laboratory.
  • Reading response writing prompt

We've enjoyed getting back into Composer Study here and would like to encourage you to explore this wonderful genre of music.

What are your favourite composer study books ? Link up and share your resources with the Poppins Book Nook this month.

In August we will be exploring books that were made into movies.


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Saturday, 25 July 2015

Birthday Week ... {HSMJ}

 In my life this week…
  • We celebrated four birthdays this week. 
  • Woot only one month and two weeks to go until our trip!

Helpful homeschooling tips or advice to share…

My favourite thing this week was…
  • I love to see wonderful adoption stories.  This family waited nine years to be blessed Jacob Chen - An Adoption Story. I love how the new father draws parallels between adopting his son with the way God adopted us into His family through Christ.

 Things I’m working on…

 On the WWW I’m reading…
 Interesting recipes …

 A photo, video, link, or quote to share…
I'm really enjoying the uploaded YouTube clips on TheAnimaSeries Chanel. Today I'd like to share The 4 Identity Myths.


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