Homeschool Electives Spark Interest and Imagination

home school electives

Homeschool electives open a whole panorama of possibilities.

"Education is not given for the purpose of earning a living; it is learning what to do with the living after you earn it, that counts." Abraham Lincoln

Check out your state laws, program (if you use one) and entrance requirements of your favorite college.

Do not take anything for granted. We do not know God's plan, so it is best to "hedge your bets." Even if your child adamantly states that he is not going further than high school, quietly prepare him for any road--that is, take at least some college prep courses if at all possible. Then he is ready for any path; he can make choices; he has options. Just don't let him limit himself or take the easy way out.

I can cite several examples of youngsters who were tired of school and books. But just before graduation, each decided to attend college. Thank goodness that their mothers were wise and so each student had fulfilled entrance requirements. One is now entering her sophomore year, one his junior year and another will graduate this coming spring.


Besides the academic core courses, several homeschool electives, at least, can be included in the high school program. Please note that some of the following ideas for study, home economics for example, could be counted as either academic or elective.

Plan, then study slowly. Enjoy and learn thoroughly.

Be sure to maintain accurate records. The Home School Legal Defense Association suggests a norm of 1/2 credit=18 weeks. A well-known program requires 1/2 credit=60 hours. As illustrated, this varies slightly among states and programs.

Include field trips, lectures, interviews and tours as well as textbook and research information. At times, an activity could be used in more than one course. For example, life guarding could count toward "health" or "physical education." Use the hours for wherever you need it. (Of course, it can be counted only once.)

Help is available everywhere...local home education...homeschool programs...library...the internet, naturally...

Just a few suggestions for homeschool electives:

  • Bible themes
  • American geography
  • American heroes
  • Saints of the New World

  • Home economics--general or any of the following in depth
  • Cooking
  • Nutrition
  • Hospitality/entertaining

  • Consumer finance
  • Personal finance
  • Business math
  • Accounting

  • First aid
  • CPR
  • Water safety
  • Lifeguarding

  • Drama performance
  • Theater history
  • Speech
  • Music lessons

  • Art history
  • Cartooning
  • Water color
  • Sculpture

  • Physical education--general or the following in depth
  • Swimming
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Soccer

  • Ballet
  • Step dance
  • Folk dance
  • Ballroom dance

  • Test preparation
  • Creative writing
  • Newspaper
  • Yearbook

  • Car care
  • Woodworking
  • Building maintenance
  • Lawn/plant growth

  • Computer
  • Debate
  • Babysitting
  • Home crafts
Have several feasible possibilities in mind, then brainstorm with your student. Formulate a plan. Then explore homeschool electives...learning at its best!


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Further articles about electives:

P.E. Ideas

Art in the Homeschool

Art and Crafts IV (Especially for Autumn)

Important Information about Electives

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