Here are tips for a fun & useful elective: combining Human Development and Early Childhood Education for homeschool high schoolers.
Fun & Useful Elective: Combining Human Development and Early Childhood Education
One of the best things about homeschooling high school is that we can create tailor-made electives for our teens. They are not limited in their choices, but can have courses that truly:
- Build a powerful transcript
- Truly prepare them for life
- Explore interests
- Begin building a career
A number of homeschooling families that I’ve advised have enjoyed combining 7Sisters’ Human Development (check out this Homeschool Highschool Podcast episode which explains why and how to teach Human Development) and Early Childhood Education courses for a powerful, fun and useful elective credit.
Why is this such a great elective? Here’s why:
Human Development is the study of the ways people grow and change from womb to old age: physically, cognitively, emotionally and socially.
It is important for teens to get a grasp on these concepts because, it helps them:
- understand themselves
- also understand their family members (and extended family members)
- figure out behaviors in people in the community that they need to interact with
- prepare for parenthood
- give them skills for helping their parents as they eventually become senior citizens
7Sisters’ Human Development course is especially helpful because:
- It is presented (without preachiness) from a Christian worldview
- The text is level-able to different abilities and interests
- It is a NO-busywork curriculum, so it does not waste teens’ precious time
- There are tests and a separate answer key for parents
- Also, there is an inexpensive Lesson Plan Guide for enriching the material for meaningful individual or co-op activities
- Not only that, but you can download a free Human Development course syllabus to adapt to your needs
The second part of this project is allowing your homeschool high schoolers to study Early Childhood Education.
Early Childhood Education is a course that builds on the learning in Human Development. 7Sisters’ Early Childhood Education e-text:
- Prepares teens for meaningful babysitting or nursery-volunteering experiences
- Also prepares teens to become intentional, interactive parents someday
- Inspires teens who want to study Early Childhood Education in college for their future studies
- Explores the ways that children learn from ages two years through five years
- Explains various pre-school teaching philosophies in a fun, hands-on, project-based manner
- :7Sisters’ ECE curriculum is helpful because
- It is presented from a (non-preachy) Christian worldview
- As always for 7Sisters curriculum, it is a NO-busywork curriculum
- Includes an answer key
- It’s fun!
Here is one way to combine Human Development for a fun and useful credit.
You can create a 2-semester course for your homeschool high schoolers.
Semester 1: Human Development
- Using 7Sisters’ Human Development from a Christian Worldview , this free syllabus AND our affordable Human Development Lesson Plans, outline the first semester’s activities.
- The lesson plans are broken into eighteen weeks based on each of the nine chapters in the Human Development text. This is a long-ish semester, so feel free to omit any lessons that don’t fit the schedule.
- This will include videos, hands-on activities and a project
Semester 2: Early Childhood Education
- Using 7Sisters Early Childhood Education text, develop a schedule with one chapter per week based on the fifteen chapters in the text.
- This will include fun hands-on activities and lesson-plan development and a final project
- Here is a link to a freebie syllabus for Early Childhood Education.
Recording combined Human Development and Early Childhood Education on the homeschool transcript:
Choose a name for your course. Here are some suggestions:
- Human Development (leaving out the ECE title because the topic integrates nicely with Human Development)
- OR Human Development and Early Childhood Education (a long title but good detail)
- Explorations in Human Development OR
- Human Development and Practical Life Skills
You may also record the LEVEL at which the curriculum was completed.
- This is not necessary for electives, but for college-bound students it does add power to the credit
- For college-bound students: the two courses combined are ONE Level 3 College-Prep credit
- This credit may be leveled-up to:
- Advanced (Level 4) or
- Honors (Level 5) by including the additional activities in the Human Development text
- This credit may be leveled-up to:
- For NON-college bound students: the two courses combined are 1.5 credits at Level 2 (Average High School)
Assign a grade.
- Base the grade on your goals for the course. Include:
- Lesson Plans in ECE
- You may also include:
- Class participation (attitude, if done in individual study)
- Timeliness of assignments (deductions for late work)
- Organization of materials (everything kept neatly and in order in a binder)
While you are at it, check out these posts:
- Homeschool Highschool Podcast interview with a homeschool graduate who was inspired to become a teacher as she studied Early Childhood Education.
- Also, here is one homeschool mom’s inspiring story about her daughter’s Early Childhood Education credit.
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