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March 11, 2013

When a child loves, loves, LOVES a subject, it can feel complicated to put it on the transcript or create a course description if it is not a standard subject like math or science.  Instead of trying to get too technical with “fun” subjects, think about what your children are doing with this thing they love.  How much time do they spend?  Just a little, or too much to count?


Photography Credit

For example, a member was talking to me about photography.  Bethany always has a camera in her hands. She is constantly snapping photos, looking at photos of others, and learning more and more about her passion of photography.  In fact, as we discussed it, we were even able to begin a course description that included four major areas of work.  Bethany does portrait photography, has started a photography blog, and has competed at the country fair and won multiple ribbons and awards.  Here is how that might look on a course description.

Course Description: Photography
Portrait Photography(25% of grade)
Photo shoot 1
Photo editing 1
Photo shoot 2: Family Portrait
Photo editing 2
Photo shoot 3: Senior Portrait
Photo editing 3

Photography Blog (25% of grade)
Blog creation
Writing and editing
Photo editing

Photo Editing (25% of grade)
Editing Software

Portfolio and Competition (25% of grade)
Matting and framing

Each of these areas are delight-directed learning opportunities, not mom-driven, but child-led. It’s also real learning, real high school credit, and should be included on the high school transcript.

Not all high school classes have to be like math, with a textbook and two hours a day of blood, sweat, and tears. Include some classes that are fun for the student, so they enjoy learning! It’s good to balance more difficult classes with some easier ones. Not every class has to include analysis.  Not every class needs to require a paper. Here is a blog post that may help: Homeschooling High School – Underwater Basket Weaving: Sometimes Easy is OK.

Check out Bethany’s photography blog here, it’s excellent: Mustard Seed Photography.

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1 Comment »

  1. Michelle Caskey says:

    Love it, Lee. One of my sons will have a filmmaking class this year… and the other will have a drama class. Thanks for the example for a course description!!!

    August 19th, 2014 at 10:22 am

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