Who was I kidding?
At least this is how I used to feel. . . . I just spent time with my lovely niece, driving to Oregon, and we were talking about her public high school experience years ago. I knew that her father had taught a class on The History of Baseball, and that's one of the things that I share in my “Preparing to Homeschool High School" video. But when we were talking the other day, my niece mentioned that she had taken a different class from her father when she was in public high school. The class was called Sports Communications. They learned about journalism, radio broadcasting, and marketing - all of which she has put to good use in her career, by the way. But what she remembered the most was watching a LOT of movies in school and doing some sports “play by play" announcing to baseball games! Her father gave her a grade - an “A" as she recalled.
So, it appears that there are some creative curriculum choices being made in public schools as well as in homeschools. Apparently, it's OK to have some unique courses in your homeschool. Yes, make sure you have the basics down, but stretching your wings is also good! Homeschooling high school gives you the freedom to explore your student's areas of passionate interest. For us, those included Chess, Russian History, Economics, Economic Thought, and a bunch more that, quite frankly, I wasn't even aware my kids were studying.
Relax! Oftentimes learning is uncontrollable. Enjoy the process and don't be too concerned about what you name all the courses in the end.
If you ever do need help getting your creative homeschool courses down on paper, I have an entire chapter on how to capture “delight directed" learning experiences in my e-book, "The Easy Truth About Homeschool Transcripts". In it, you will get detailed guidance on how to create a homeschool transcript that will impress the colleges.
In fact, failing to carefully plan your children's high school courses is one of “The 5 Biggest Mistakes Parents Make When Homeschooling High School . " Learn how to avoid all 5 mistakes in my free e-mail mini-course.
From Lee Binz, The HomeScholar - Helping Parents Homeschool High School