It was the year before my oldest began high school at home and I was in severe panic mode. Was it possible to continue with our relaxed, teach-our-children-how-to-learn philosophy, or were we stuck with creating a school like atmosphere for the next four years?
Enter Senior High: A Home Designed Form+U+La. Ignoring the many (many!) forms and trying not be intimidated at the 428 pages, I dug in to the meat of the book, the heart-to-heart chat between Barb and her reader. Her informal, sometimes scattered, presentation was refreshing to me. I truly felt as though I were sitting over coffee with the author, as she shared her passion for Spirit-led, joyful home schooling. Highlighting madly, and stopping frequently to pray, I knew I had found a kindred spirit who understood both the why’s and the how’s of home schooling high school.
We now have two home school graduates (with five more to go) and I have read this book twice. It’s the book I recommend most to fellow homeschoolers and so I knew it had to be my first review for The Curriculum Choice.
Barb Shelton’s first priority is that we seek the Lord for what He wants for our children. This book is not just a How-To manual, but a devotional that speaks to your soul. She challenges us to not stress and strive after the world’s standards but to seek God’s. I re-read this book, and plan to read it again soon, as I find I frequently need this reminder.
Once we decide what is best for our family and our individual students, she shows us how to transfer this into courses, creating credits and transcripts, documenting both traditional and non-traditional classes. This was exactly what I needed! While we do have several more traditional courses, this gave me the confidence and know how to put together my own courses, to document independent learning, to complete transcripts and issue diplomas. The book is jam packed with forms she has created and permission is granted to copy what you need for your household. I didn’t find that I used a lot of the forms but I did learn a lot from simply reading how she had structured and documented her student’s learning.
The philosophy, encouragement and documentation how-to were the highlights for me, but this is a jam-packed book, containing more than I can cover in one review. Sections include:
- Jumpstart Plan
- Out of Fear and Into Freedom
- Requirements, College, Promotion and Graduation
- Record Keeping System
- Potpourri of Curriculum Supplements
- Grading Guidelines and Portfolios
- Personalizing All This Stuff
- Formulating Your Framework
- Designing Your Classes
- Organizing Your Materials
- Completed Class Plans
- Lifestyle of Learning Applications
- Resources, Reviews, and Glossary
If you get that panicky feeling whenever the thought of home schooling high school strikes you, I’d highly recommend this book. The author’s website, Homeschool Oasis , also contains many helpful articles to encourage you in your home school high school adventure.
-Lori is a highly caffeinated home schooling mom of seven. She can be found rambling and reviewing at Hearthside Homeschool Reviews…and More.