High School: Getting Ready for the Last Four Years

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Next year is the year...the year that I never dreamed would happen because it was always so far in the future!  Zach will be in high school!!! Does high school scare me? Yes and no.  You see, I was a high school teacher for seven years at a local public school before I came home to be with my boys.  So I am comfortable with that age group.  I would have to say it is maybe my favorite age group! (Yes, I am weird!) But the thought of planning out the next few years is a little intimidating.  So this is what I am doing...

I bought Senior High: A Home-Designed Form+U+La and am reading through the parts that apply to us.  This book is huge!  There are lots of ideas in there!  I will have to say that her writing is kind of random, but in the end she does give a clear planning procedure.

I am creating class content plans (loosely based on the above book's suggestion) for each course that I want Zach to take.  This is so helpful to write all this stuff down!  I now have my thoughts written down on the basics that I want Zach to have.  One of the things that I want is for Zach is that he analyze a few works of literature each year.  With these class content plans I can write down which books I want him to read each year.  I have also created a Bible class plan for the four years of high school.  And finally, I am working on a life skills content plan.  I am hoping that by the end of high school that Zach can cook a basic meal, do car and home maintenance, and some basic carpentry.

 I have set up a notebook to keep all my ideas together in one place. Within the notebook there is....

*A block schedule to follow (A block schedule means he won't do each subject each day. He will alternate subjects and spend more in-depth time each day in them.)

*Class Content Plans

*Check off lists for activites I want him to complete for life skills.

*A list of credit requirements in order to graduate in Alaska.

*Print-offs of different online courses, curricula, etc. that we might use.

*A four year planning page with an overview of what we plan to do.


Laura O said...


If you weren't a bit too far of a drive, I'd say could I come over and see all this in person. My eldest is 8th grade and I'm starting to feel the panic set in over high school. I am glad to have guidelines from IDEA if we continue with them for high school.

On an unrelated note, I'm passing along the stylish blogger award to you.
http://daybydayinourworld.blogspot.com/2010/11/more-blogging-love-came-our-way.html has the information and button you can grab.

Finally...I made the WW bread recipe you shared recently and it was a big hit with my family and the Cub Scout troop (I made rolls from it for the pot luck last Friday.) Now I'm itching to make some scones :o)

Ellen said...

We still have middle school (starting next year) ahead of us, but I am always thinking about high school. I enjoy reading about what others are doing. I was intrigued by the idea of blocks of time for study. Sounds good!

Debbie said...

Glad you are enjoying the recipes, Laura! If you will leave me your email address I will send you all the forms I have been using.

Tracey said...

Wow...super impressed with your organization. My own daughter is in 11th grade and I seriously cannot fathom how we got here. I have such roller-coaster feelings...from excitement and pride to panic and grief. It suddenly becomes clear...too clear...all the things you feel you haven't accomplished with your kids. Thank God for His grace!!! My daughter is really His anyway. Blessings on your home stretch!