Teaching “the basics” when you homeschool high school

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This is Step Two of my mini-series “Prepare to Homeschool High School in 5 Easy Steps“, where we’re laying the foundation to approach teaching the basics in high school.

Little bits at a time will make things go much smoother!

What are “the basics” in high school?

OK, if you haven’t done so yet, go back here and download the template I presented in Step One of this series that contained a general outline of the subjects your college-bound student will need to cover during the next 4 years. As I also mentioned in that post, even if your student is not college-bound, or doesn’t know if they want to go to college, preparing a plan that will enable them to do so will ensure a smooth transition to their future education and/or career choices.

This is Step Two of my mini-series "Preparing to Homeschool High School", where we're laying the foundation to approach teaching high school in your homeschool. In this article we unwrap the "what" and "how" of...the basics.

 

“The basics” are what you’ll find in that template: basically, English, Math, Science and Social Studies. Sounds simple enough, right? Now, of course, as you dive into the subjects individually, that’s where you start to hone in on curriculum choices. (Please note: while you may want to take a look at your own State’s graduation requirements to get started on putting together your own ‘sequence’ (the order in which classes are taken), remember that homeschoolers do *not* need to meet those requirements. Your diploma will be issued by you (the parents) and/or your own homeschool, not your State.)

 

Generally-speaking, this is the sequence of the subjects you’ll need to cover, beginning in Freshmen year:

  • English -> Grammar/Composition -> American Lit -> British Lit -> World Lit (optional)
  • Math -> Algebra 1 -> Geometry -> Algebra 2 -> Pre-Cal/Pre-Trig
  • Science -> Physical Science -> Biology (w/Lab) -> Chemistry (w/Lab) -> Physics
  • Social Science -> American History -> World History -> Civics/Gov’t -> elective
  • Foreign Language – 2 years
  • Electives -> work study, Life Skills, shop classes, entrepreneurial efforts, etc, totaling up to about 9 credits

So Step Two involves answering the question: “How will I approach these subjects?”

Getting started on this Step involves answering a few questions. Important considerations are the ability of your student to work independently, their level of responsibility, and their self-motivation. After that, consider the resources you have available in your community and plug them into the flowchart you find here. Here’s a sample of it, filled out with some ideas:

Here are some recommendations for approaching the basics of homeschooling high school: readin', writin' and...the rest!
Click on the image to get a printable copy of this flowchart, along with an additional page of recommended resources!

So…that’s it for today! If you’ve landed on this post “by accident”, get started with Preparing for Homeschooling High School with Step One. If you’re already following along, check back tomorrow for Step Three…and be encouraged – you CAN homeschool high school!

 

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