Selecting high school homeschool curriculum can be a harrowing experience for even the most experienced homeschooler. It need not be. In the last few years, the amount of homeschool curriculum specifically for high school students has skyrocketed. Rather than having your head spin in all different directions trying to weed your way through the multitude of resources, you need to take some time to figure out how to narrow down your choices.
High School Homeschool Curriculum Requirements
One easy way to reduce the amount of resources you need to search through is to explore your state’s specific requirements. HSLDA has a page with a map of the United States. Simply click on your state in order to read more about homeschooling laws and requirements that pertain to you. If you have already started your high school years, re-examine your student’s completed courses to see which ones meet their needed required classes. Add them to your child’s transcript.
Now that you are familiar with your state’s requirements for high school credits, you can begin to focus on more targeted curriculum. If your state does not require a specific subject such as a foreign language, then simply skip over all the homeschool high school curriculum resources related to learning a foreign language. Once you have cast aside all the resources not related to your required credits, you can begin to evaluate different companies and the resources they offer.
There will be things your student is interested in learning about that is not required in order to graduate high school. These electives are still beneficial to the student. Electives act to broaden the student’s horizon and help them achieve a balanced education. High school homeschool curriculum shopping definitely should include elective resources.
High School Homeschool Curriculum Providers
There are numerous high school homeschool curriculum providers in the homeschool market. One further way to narrow your homeschool curriculum choices down is to decide on what type of provider most interests you.
Your choices are:
Boxed or Complete Curriculums
Online or Distance Learning
Online Advanced Placement Courses
Individual Subject Curriculum
An important consideration in choosing your high school homeschool curriculum is to think about how your child best learns. Seven different learning styles have been identified through studies. If you are not aware of your child’s particular learning styles, now is the time to head out on a learning style discovery trip.
Here are the seven different learning styles:
Visual (spatial): Your student prefers using pictures, images, and spatial understanding
Aural (auditory-musical): Your student prefers using sound and music to learn
Verbal (Linguistic): Your student prefers using words, both in speech and writing
Physical (kinesthetic): Your student prefers using his body, hands, and sense of touch
Logical (mathematical): Your student prefers using logic, reasoning, and systems to learn
Social (interpersonal): Your student prefers to learn in groups or with other people
Solitary (intrapersonal): Your student prefers to work alone and use self-study
You are now well armed to fight the good fight of choosing the very best high school homeschool curriculum possible for your highschooler. Grab your favorite Starbucks Venti and let the curriculum wars begin!