4 Creative Ways to Earn High School Credit in Early Childhood Education

Have a teen that wants some creative life prep/career exploration? Here are 4 ways to earn high school credit in Early Childhood Education.

4 Creative Ways to Earn High School Credit in Early Childhood Education 7SistersHomeschool.com Early Childhood Education is an elective or Career Exploration credit.

Earn High School Credit in Early Childhood Education

One of the benefits we all know about homeschooling high school is being able to help our teens explore and develop their interests and life skills. With that in mind, many homeschool families plan for elective courses that will help teens expand their readiness for life. One practical elective course that many homeschool teens choose is Early Childhood Education.

So, when our homeschool mom, Cynthia Dun, contacted us about how much her daughter loved 7Sisters Early Childhood Education text, we asked her about their experiences. They had so much fun with the course, that we asked her to share some of the activities her daughter did to add to the richness of her experience (and level-up her credit).

Here is what Cynthia Dunn shared about her daughter’s Early Childhood Education course experience

Cynthia used 7Sisters’ Early Childhood Education course with her ninth grade daughter. They really made the best of the program! Here are four creative ways Cynthia’s homeschool high schooler earn an Early Childhood Education credit:

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I bought your text on Early Childhood Education and my ninth grade daughter worked through it.

My daughter was able to study different views and philosophies of Early Childhood Education, including notable styles like Montessori and others. She learned how young children develop and learn, and practical tips for interacting with children.

That year, my daughter and I were hired for a second year of babysitting during a weekly moms’ Bible study group.

That year, they asked us to provide some kind of “light” program for the kids too – about six to eight kids from babies to preschoolers.  Hmmm.  That was her first year of high school and we had a lot going on, but what came to mind was the Before Five In A Row program where you read a certain children’s book each week and do learning activities related to the story.

That seemed like something we could adapt, although I was not particularly looking for one more thing to do.  Then, it occurred to me that my daughter could do it and I could count it has Early Childhood Education. So she did.  She read all the information in the BFIAR book, planned and carried out the weekly lessons with my oversight and teaching help, gathered and packed supplies each week, and incorporated ideas of her own.

She interviewed a mom from the group that has published a book about education, regarding her thoughts on the early years.

One of the women in the Bible study had actually published a book on education, so this was a perfect opportunity for my daughter to ask about her work. Not only that, but she was able to glean more ideas from her for her Early Childhood Education experiences.

Also, we could count this as some Career Exploration time.

Through her service with the church Bible-study group, my daughter made some contacts for future babysitting work.

This helped her build her own babysitting business and practice more Early Childhood Education skills, as well as earning more Career Exploration hours!

The parents and the church’s coordinator were very happy with what we did.  I asked the coordinator to write a short letter of commendation at year’s end including specific points about what my daughter did, her reliability, feedback from parents, etc. so that it had some meat to it. It turned out great and nicely rounded out the course.  Gotta say, I did pat myself on the back for making the most of that one!

All in all, we counted it as a one year course on Early Childhood Education because she got the book work in along with the practical experience and all the extras. I may add “Career Exploration” to the title since you’ve said that it’s a valuable thing to show.  (BTW, she has decided that isn’t the career for her and I think that’s just as valuable.)

We LOVE the creative ways Cynthia’s daughter earned a credit in Early Childhood Education! How has your homeschool high schooler earned credit in fun or creative ways? Let us know!

Read how Bekah Groop’s experiences in homeschooling led her to a career in teaching.

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Earn High School Credit in Early Childhood Education


Vicki Tillman

Blogger, curriculum developer at 7SistersHomeschool.com, counselor, life and career coach, SYMBIS guide, speaker, prayer person. 20+year veteran homeschool mom.

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