Here’s one solution: Make Language Arts the base for Career Exploration!
Here is a way to build a Career Exploration credit into Language Arts.
Literature: Read biographies. Whether teens choose a career after being inspired by a biography or not, they will have the vicarious experience of learning about a career through the book. This is important. The more different kinds of careers teens are exposed to, the better their brains are at honing in on one. 7Sisters has some favorite Literature Study Guides based on biographies: Joni, God’s Smuggler, Something Beautiful for God, Born Again.
It’s kind of like fitness: the more overall fitness teens have, the better their bodies are at honing skills in a specific sport. Give your teens *career fitness*!
Literature: Read self-awareness books. Help teens get to know themselves. According to teens interests, they might come to know themselves better if they read a book like: What Color is My Parachute for Teens, The Road Back to You, Emotional Intelligence 2.0.
Writing: Research Paper on Career Exploration. Teens need to write a research paper each year. Why not make it actually useful? Teens can use Career Exploration as their topic and write a page or two on 4 or 5 careers.
Writing: Essays. For a good Career Exploration credit, teens should also do some shadowing and/or volunteer work: whether they are interested or not in a job, they can get the feel for different work atmospheres, which may help them clarify their goals. Then they can write a 5- paragraph essay on each of their shadowing experiences and several volunteer events. It could be a compare/contrast essay about what they like and don’t like about each.
Be sure to log hours on shadowing and volunteer work and count it toward your teens’ Career Exploration credit.
Writing: End of the year essay. Also, teens should definitely be working through the Career Exploration Bundle. At the end of the year, have your teens write a personal essay about what they know about their gifts, talents, experiences, interests, values and goals.
Your homeschool high schoolers can record a Career Exploration elective credit when they have:
logged 120-180 hours (the number varies by state) or
read 8 books and logged 60-90 hours
read 8 books, logged 30-45 hours AND completed Career Exploration Bundle
Note: If you have a teen with special needs, adjust the times and rigor of activities to meet their goals and abilities.
Congratulations! Your homeschool high schoolers have earned a Career Exploration credit AND all those books and writing also count for their Language Arts! And the best thing is: They feel better about themselves.
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Earn a Practical Language Arts Credit Based on Career Exploration