Here are 5 worthwhile ways to sparkle up high school health credits.
5 Worthwhile Ways to Sparkle Up High School Health Credits
Health credits can be some of the most boring of all credits for the homeschool high school transcript! Or not!
When teens have the opportunity to get useful life-skills training in their high school health course, they tend to appreciate it more…and not be so *whatever*.
Lucky for us at 7Sisters, we have had lots of moms with great ideas when we were teaching health in our homeschool co-ops. Based on our experience, here are 5 to make high school health credits more useful.
BUT FIRST: One great way to sparkle up the Health credit is to use an interesting, no-busywork, adaptable curriculum! That’s why 7Sisters released High School Health for the Whole Person!
High School Health for the Whole Person is a no-busywork, user-friendly one-credit Health curriculum. Teens earn their necessary Health credit for the homeschool transcript in a way that is meaningful to them while they cover the ways God created them to be healthy in:
- Soul (mind, emotion)
- Social connections (friends, family, organizations)
Now, onto 5 Worthwhile Ways to Sparkle Up High School Health Credits
Add these activities to the work your homeschool high schoolers do in their text.
Teach CPR and First Aid.
We were blessed to have Red Cross certified trainers come to our co-op and work through their CPR and First Aid courses. Our teens were excited to learn real-life skills. Log hours if your teens are using this to level up the rigor of their course for the transcript.
Have teens develop their own fitness and nutrition plans.
As they cover these health units, have teens plan and then, journal about their experiences. Be sure to have discussions about their experiences so that they learn to keep self-care in a healthy range. Be sure to discuss eating disorders (teens are likely to meet students with eating disorders in their youth groups or when they go to college, it is a common problem).
Here is a free curriculum. Log hours if your teens are using this to level up the rigor of their course for the transcript.
Hold a mental health and suicide prevention unit.
It can be as simple as covering the “Helping a Friend in Trouble” chapter in High School Health for the Whole Person, discussing maintaining mental health. Or, if your homeschool high schoolers are interested, they can add an actual course such as H.E.L.P or Living Works. Log hours if your teens are using this to level up the rigor of their course for the transcript.
Also, here are 3 posts from my coaching website that are good emotional health/fitness discussion tools:
- Aiming for an Emotionally Healthy Life? Here are 5 Things You Must Believe about You.
- 7 Achievable Ways to Enhance Your Emotional Health
- 5 Emotionally Healthy Reasons to Find 5 Emotionally Healthy Friends
Educate teens on the current opioid crisis, along with other current drug-culture issues.
Many teens will run into friends with substance issues in college. It’s better to be educated now. Here’s a good government website. Log hours if your teens are using this to level up the rigor of their course for the transcript.
Create an honors credit by adding Human Development following College Prep instructions in 7Sisters Human Development from a Christian Worldview text.
Human Development helps teens understand how people grow and change physically, mentally and socially from womb to old age. This is a perfect add-on course for increasing the rigor level of your teens’ Health credit. Here’s more how-to information.
Make the most of your teens’ homeschool high school health credit!
BTW- We’re not affiliates with any of the above links (except 7Sisters, of course).
Want more information about 7Sisters High School Health for the Whole Person?
High School Health for the Whole Person is a downloadable e-textbook presented in 7Sisters’ no-busywork style. The health-building information is easy to read. There are meaningful activities included for teens who wish to level-up to a transcript-enhancing Honors credit. Homeschool high schoolers of various interests and abilities will love this Health curriculum!
High School Health for the Whole Person is divided into two parts.
- Part 1 deals with physical health.
- Part 2 deals with mind, soul and spiritual health.
- Tests and answer keys are included.
Want a suggested syllabus that you can adapt to your homeschool high schoolers’ needs? Click here
Also, while we love 7Sisters Health curriculum, there’s not ONE right way to homeschool high school. With that in mind, it might help to check out this post on four ways to earn Health credit.
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