The High School Homeschool
by Tammy Choleva

Let's face it, not every student is cut from the same cookie cutter. This goes for public, private, and homeschooled students. Some students need the freedom to explore subjects that interest them, using resource types that engage them according to their own learning styles. This obviously is more feasible with homeschooled students.

Even though homeschooling parents have more leeway to encourage independent study among their students, not all homeschooling parents are comfortable letting their children engage in total independent study without having some guidelines to follow. With this in mind, I set up a Time Block system. A goal of the system is to encourage independent study among high school homeschooled students, while providing those students with basic guidelines, in order to ensure the students are meeting minimum graduation goals and requirements. This system was inspired by an article called, "Hate of Learning: One Cause and a Possible Remedy," by Andrew Pudewa. This article appeared in the April 2012 issue of The Old Schoolhouse Magazine at the following web page:
http://www.thehomeschoolmagazine-digital.com/thehomeschoolmagazine/201204#pg139.

Incidentally, even though this system was set up with high school homeschooled students in mind, a modified version can be used with junior high homeschooled students as well. Additionally, this system can be modified for students who are not so inclined to want to engage in independent study, but who also do not work well with regimented (e.g., textbook) learning. In the latter case, this system can be used by the homeschooling parent to help guide him/her in creating more individualized lesson plans for the student using a variety of resources.

On a final note, this system was devised with Connecticut's current high school graduation requirements in mind. If your state's requirements are different, you will need to adjust the plan accordingly. The information on Connecticut's high school graduation requirements was obtained from pages 32, 33 & 35 of Substitute Senate Bill No. 438: Public Act No. 10-111 at http://www.cga.ct.gov/2010/ACT/Pa/pdf/2010PA-00111-R00SB-00438-PA.pdf, page 11 of The Connecticut Plan: Academic and Personal Success for Every Middle and High School Student at http://www.sde.ct.gov/sde/lib/sde/pdf/pressroom/TheConnecticutPlan.pdf, and page 2 of “Connecticut's Plan for Secondary School Reform: Key Elements of Connecticut's Plan for Secondary School Reform” at http://www.sde.ct.gov/sde/lib/sde/pdf/ssreform/ssreformbrochure.pdf. Each of these documents is also linked at Connecticut's State Department of Education web page at http://www.sde.ct.gov/sde/cwp/view.asp?a=2702&Q=322264. Furthermore, Connecticut does have proposed educational reforms beginning with the high school graduating class of 2018 that will likely affect this document.

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