Homeschool Unit Study vs. Traditional Curriculum

by Christine Tidwell
(Sault Sainte Marie, MI)

Homeschool Unit Study Questions

Homeschool Unit Study Questions

Hi Heather!

As you know, I have been researching homeschool curriculum for my youngest son, who is in 8th grade (for which your website has been very helpful!). I think I have the rest of this year (middle school) covered but I am also trying to plan for his high school years.

Here's my question: Is it possible to use a unit study curriculum in high school and still give credit for the various individual core classes?

I have been looking at some excellent unit study programs and I feel that due to my son's particular learning method, as well as his challenges, this method would work better for him than having multiple individual classes and work texts. I also want to make sure he meets graduation requirements for Michigan. In other words, does he have to take English 9 specifically, or, if he learns the benchmarks through a unit study, can he still get credit?

Thanks so much for providing all of this helpful information! Although I homeschooled my children in the elementary grades, I am finding middle and high school to be somewhat confusing and often times overwhelming. My biggest fear is that somehow I will make a mistake and he will do all the work but not get credit for it towards his high school diploma.

Again, thanks.
Christine

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Homeschool Unit Study Questions
by: Heather

Hi Christine,
Yes, you can use homeschool unit study curriculum in high school and your son can get credit for the individual subjects like English, History, etc.

One credit takes between 120-180 hours of study/work, depending on the state. Typically, high school students take 180 50/min classes during the year for a one credit class and half that amount for a half credit course.

(For Michigan, a high school credit = 180 hours)

"My biggest fear is that somehow I will make a mistake and he will do all the work but not get credit for it towards his high school diploma."

As a homeschooling parent, you keep track of what your son completes and can make your own transcript. He will get the credit because you will give it to him. :) You can also issue him a diploma once he completes all the requirements you have set for him.

I hope this helps!
Blessings,
Heather

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