As you head into the high school years, there seems to be a sense of impending overwhelm. What subjects should you include in these years? What if you get to grade 11 and realize you should have done a prerequisite the year before? Are you required to complete anything specific?
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As I prepared to tackle the overall plan for the high school years with my oldest, I decided to make a planner to help me keep track of everything and make it run more smoothly.
Included is a list of the provincial requirements that public school students are required to earn their provincial diplomas. I know that most of the time homeschoolers are ineligible to receive government-official diplomas but I thought it was a good place to start for a general idea of what to include in your child’s high school studies.
From there, I made a “big picture” page – a way to kind of visualize all high school years at once, where to place what subjects and create a general outline for the next 4 years. That way you can see what gaps you have to fill. This list offers typical core subjects: Math, English, Science, French, History/Geography, and Phys.Ed, plus enough space for 3 electives a year and volunteer plans.
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After that, each year is on its own page, allowing you to pick courses, and write down descriptions or whatever you think would be helpful (like where to buy it or where to sign up for it, etc). This could be used as a basic course outline for transcript notes, too as needed.
The last page is a volunteer hours record sheet – so if your high school student puts in some community hours, you can keep them accountable for how much time they participate.
The goal of these planning sheets is to help you be able to clearly see what your goals and plans are for the next 4 years, in a simple format.