It is beneficial to understand why high school electives are essential before exploring them for your homeschool students. We spend so much discerning how to teach and what to teach for core subjects like math, science, reading, etc. Then the secondary years come along; you and your student explore what electives they might like to take. Homeschool Planet has some suggestions for high school electives your kids will love, and we have online homeschool lesson plans to go along with each one.
For all of their primary years, children have had their homeschool lessons planned out for them. They were given what subjects to take or learn. Some parents gear the lessons towards a child’s likes and interest, which increases learning and is motivating.
However, there is a unique embrace to high school electives that make learning particularly appealing to teenagers. Having a stake in the learning that occurs for them in this time encourages independent learning, develops their decision-making skills, and produces accountability.
When high school is fast approaching, and you have investigated the college requirements to plan out high school goals, then high school electives help to round out your student’s schedule.
High school electives serve various purposes, some of which are listed below:
High school electives help students work towards their college goals.
High school electives help students work towards their desired career path.
High school electives help students bring color to college applications.
High school electives allow students to take classes they are intrigued by or for skills they are interested in.
It can be challenging when you realize your student will need to select electives soon. Choosing high school electives mean your child has reached a milestone. It means your child is growing up to be an adult. It means your child is coming to their own. It means that parents have done a fantastic job and educating their child to this point and beyond. Embrace it and enjoy the journey right alongside your high school student.
Sometimes it may be hard to narrow down and select electives if they aren’t necessarily a requirement or a part of a student’s natural course of study. Should you need some suggestions, Homeschool Planet has developed customized lesson plans for some of the best high school electives available.
Explore these high school electives with customized online lesson plans from Homeschool Planet:
Classical Academic Press Logic Series – With a classical education approach, Classical Academic Press has created curricula, media, and training with systematic instruction that encompasses delight, creativity, and flair.
Homeschool Planet’s customized lesson plans for The Art of Argument (Grades 7 – 12) take you through the course as it teaches students how to reason with clarity, relevance, and purpose. The lesson plans for its follow-up companion The Argument Builder (Grades 8 – 12) guides students along the course while they build compelling and persuasive arguments of their own.
You won’t want to miss the lesson plans for The Discovery of Deduction (Grades 8 – 12) which teaches practical and real-world application of soundly structured deductive logic.
Fallacy Detectives Logic Series – This series of thirty-eight books shows your students how to learn to spot common errors in reasoning. It truly gets children thinking of how conclusions should be made.
The Fallacy Detective (Grades 7 – 12) and The Thinking Toolbox (Grades 7 – 12) are fun to use and help develop a skill they can use right away. Homeschool Planet lesson plans for each of these texts will keep students on track and growing in logical knowledge.
LIFEPAC Electives – LIFEPAC helps to broaden your child’s knowledge base and boost your child’s confidence. This is a time for your students to explore courses they are intrigued by, fulfill general education requirements, improve GPA, or ones that will develop their desired career skills and abilities.
Homeschool Planet has developed online lesson plans for LIFEPAC Family and Consumer Science (Grades 7 – 12) and LIFEPAC Business Computer Information Systems (Grades 9 – 12).
PLATO: Career Technical Electives — PLATO offers various ways to differentiate learning, interact with the content, and increase achievement. The courses are full of review games, historical timelines, interactive periodic tables, simulations, and virtual labs.
Homeschool Planet has developed customized lesson plans for the following Plato courses:
Applied Medical Terminology (Grades 9 – 12)
Art History & Appreciation (Grades 9 – 12)
Child Development and Parenting A & B Bundle (Grades 9 – 12)
Computer Programming A & B Bundle ( Grades 9 – 12)
Drafting and Design (Grades 9 – 12)
Game Development (Grades 9 – 12)
Graphic Design and Illustration (Grades 9 – 12)
Health (Grades 9 – 12)
Intro to Fashion Design (Grades 9 – 12)
Intro to Finance (Grades 9 – 12)
Intro to Social Media (Grades 9 – 12)
Marketing, Advertising, and Sales (Grades 9 – 12)
Music Appreciation (Grades 9 – 12)
Personal Finance (Grades 9 – 12)
Physical Education (Grades 9 – 12)
Principles of Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources (Grades 9 – 12)
Principles of Architecture and Construction (Grades 9 – 12)
Principles of Arts, A/V Technology, and Communications (Grades 9 – 12)
Principles of Business, Marketing and Finance (Grades 9 – 12)
Principles of Engineering and Technology (Grades 9 – 12)
Principles of Hospitality and Tourism (Grades 9 – 12)
Principles of Health Science (Grades 9 – 12)
Principles of Information Technology (Grades 9 – 12)
Principles of Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security (Grades 9 – 12)
Principles of Manufacturing (Grades 9 – 12)
Professional Photography (Grades 9 – 12)
Principles of Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics (Grades 9 – 12)
Psychology (Grades 9 – 12)
Sociology (Grades 9 – 12)
Structure of Writing (Grades 9 – 12)
Web Technologies (Grades 9 – 12)
Study.com Electives — Study.com has over 200 courses that either satisfy requirements or take classes for college. Homeschool Planet has developed a customized lesson plan for Psychology 101. This is an Intro to Psychology (for 12th Grade).
Thinkwell Electives — Thinkwell Electives are video-based learning materials for electives that enhance the spirit of learning by helping students with thinking well. Homeschool Planet has lesson plans for the following Thinkwell electives:
Public Speaking (Grades 9 – 12)
Thinkwell Economics (Grades 9 – 12)
Thinkwell Microeconomics (Grades 11 – 12)
Thinkwell Macroeconomics (Grades 11 – 12)
Thinkwell American Government (Grades 9 – 12)
Thinkwell AP American Government (Grades 9 – 12)
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