Wednesday, July 29, 2015

High School Electives

So, you have the core subjects planned out. What do you do about electives? Sometimes they are almost funner to plan and prepare.

First of all, I do have each of my high schoolers do Home Ec; yes, even my sons. I think it's important for each of them to know how to cook, and do laundry. They also need to learn how to properly clean the house.

In this day and age, we find it is important to learn computer skills; not just proper hand placement on the keys, but also the proper format of typing up essays and reports. I've also tried to teach the kids proper format for business letters, and even personal letters.

Other courses I have had or plan to have my kids cover in their high school years are: foreign language (Botanist Boy wants to learn several languages; he plans to become a missionary); music appreciation, music lessons if possible; art appreciation and art techniques; physical education.

My husband is excellent at teaching the boys, in particular, home maintenance and repairs. He's even taught them some carpentry. They have also been learning auto mechanics and maintenance. Oh, don't forget driver's ed!

These are all great skills, which will benefit Botanist Boy if indeed he does become a missionary.

Tim began a job when he was in 11th grade. He's been at that job nearly 7 years now. He is dependable, and well-liked. Botanist Boy hopes to spend the next couple summers working for his friend, M's, dad in his landscaping business.

We have had a hobby farm; all of the kids have helped with the animal care. It was a great way for the kids to learn responsibility. I've also tried to have them work on gardening.

Now, drama, speech and debate are some subjects we've never covered. I think speech especially would be good for Botanist Boy to do, to prepare for a life of preparing and giving sermons.

What are some of the classes you plan to use as electives?

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