Monday, December 12, 2011

Homeschooling high school part 2-Credits

Last time I talked about the possibilities of homeschooling through high school.  I discussed the number of credits needed to graduate.  If your child is thinking of going onto college, the most highly recommended schedule is

3-4 credits of math
4 credits of literature, writing, speech
3 credits of science with 1 lab
2-3 of a foreign language
3-4 credits world history, us history, government
2 credits of physical education
1 credit of music, theater, art
other electives

Now, the big question is, what exactly is a credit?  A credit is any course that is studies over 120 hours for the school year.  If you do school 40 weeks and math for 5 days a week for an hour, that's 200 hours and you get a full credit for it.  If you do physical education twice a week for an hour for 40 weeks, then it counts as 80 hours or half a credit.

I still highly recommend Setting the Records Straight by Lee Binz if your still confused about credits.  She has the easiest explanation that I could find.

Next time I will discuss keeping records and writing class descriptions.

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