The topic for this month is
A ‘Day in the Life of a Homeschooled Teenager’ Share with us a glimpse into a day of your highschooler, in particular focusing on the learning aspects.I am going to use that as a launchpad for a slightly different topic.... more "where a homeschooled highschooler's time goes" and less about a particular day.
In high school, a student divides his time between:
- Spiritual Life
- Vocational/Apprenticeship activities
- Exploration of hobbies/ interests
- Recreation with family/friends
My high school kids all get up, work on their studies, then do other things in whatever time is left. If you visited us you wouldn't necessarily see them studying hard. Most of the time they fit their studies into whatever else is going on around the house.
For example, this week my high schooler spent a lot of time helping me build shelves and a desk (not from scratch -- just out of the box type construction). He also helped me move furniture since I was rearranging everything around the house.
Last week I did some number-crunching to find out just what amounts of time would be required to get a credit in a subject, and from there, how much time it takes to meet the California college prep recommendations.
I won't bore you with the results in detail, but you can see them here if you want:
To graduate from high school, a student is required to get about 13 credits over the course of 4 years. You can see that he could easily graduate by 11th grade and perhaps take college classes for a year more before leaving for university.
To prepare for a 4 year university it is recommended that a student get about 21 credits over the course of 4 years, which adds up to about 5 credits a year. Based on my 210 day school year that comes out to about 3 hours of work per day, which seems about right.
This is California only, I suppose, but I am guessing most other states are somewhat similar (in the US).
To get back to my student's typical day, none of them ever did a continuous 3-hour school day. Most of them would work part of the morning and part of the afternoon, interspersing with various other things included on my list above. It would total 3 hours, and sometimes quite a bit more since some of their hobbies and activities could easily be counted as electives at a pinch.
My oldest was a slow worker, though very thorough, and took 6-7 hours a day to get everything done. For a break he would cook with his younger sibling, play classical guitar, apprentice at programming with his father, make wooden swords and swish them around as he went for walks in our woods.
My second had a different routine. We would start the day together -- I would read an Homeric epic or a medieval romance or modern biography to him, then I would give him a start on the day's work by tutoring him in Math, Logic, German and Latin. Then I would write out the day's assignments in a composition book. In his spare time he wrote a novel and studied forest lore and football statistics. He and his brother made up a fantasy football league and number-crunched the statistics.
My third was different again. She read widely across the curriculum, did some math and Latin and German, and in her spare time blogged, corresponded with pen pals, wrote fiction, sewed, knitted, participated in choir and cantored in church, taught herself to play a little piano, guitar and tin whistle, and took lessons in different areas -- violin, English riding, step dancing, and acting.
My fifth is my current high schooler (my fourth went to public school). He likes to bake; he writes fantasy stories; and he is trying to learn to draw. He runs daily partly for the exercise and partly because it helps him think. He is my most easy-going child, and is just starting to realize that his laid back nature sometimes hinders him from getting everything done that he wants to do.
I guess that is all I have to say about this topic!