Homeschool Electives Spark Interest and Imagination
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.
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 extension...community college...community education...homeschool programs...library...the internet, naturally...
Just a few suggestions for homeschool electives:
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I wanted/needed to help financially, but more importantly, my family had to remain first among my priorities.
If you are in a similar position, read WAHM-IT!, The Masters Course. Be home with your family. Continue homeschooling. Be a Work-at-Home Mom (WAHM) and successfully build a real business on the Net.
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