Post by Lynn Knowlton, Counseling Team Leader
One of the basic requirements for enrollment in HLA is an Educational Plan.
So, what if you do not typically use traditional textbooks? If you tend to use more non-traditional resources, this is fine, simply give us a description of what you will do and what you will be using. For example, an educational plan where literature is used for history might contain the following information: History – A literature approach to history using library books, history encyclopedias, online research, and etc. Writing assignments may be based on the literature and online research.
One of the beauties of homeschooling is that you, the parent, can tailor your homeschooling to fit the need of each individual child. As always HLA is very flexible and we want parents to have the freedom to do what works best for each child.
What about Special Needs Students? If your student had an IEP in school, no problem, every HLA student has an IEP otherwise known as an Individualized Educational Plan. Feel free to do what works best for your student. Purchase resources based on the level that is needed for the student to learn. If you need to count life skills or physical/speech therapy as part of school, this if fine. Following is a link for additional information concerning students with special needs. http://homelifeacademy.com/highschool/Default.aspx?id=45
What about K-8th Grade Students? Younger students learn best with hands on and multi-sensory activities. The educational plan for these students may include any of the following: traditional textbooks, games, library books, printable worksheets, workbooks, interactive computer games, online websites and etc. Remember, all of life is an education and yes, field trips count.
What about High School Students? The educational plan for high school students should contain specific course titles and detailed books/resource information. For those students using non-traditional resources, a detailed description such as the example used above is fine. When using online resources, please include the website or other information when possible. Please do not put “online” as the only course information. Planning sheets are available in the high school section of our website to help you plan your high school courses. Please keep the following information in mind when reporting your Educational Plan for high school students.
High school classes should have specific course titles. Examples of this would be listing Chemistry rather than Science or US History rather than Social Studies. Course descriptions should be more detailed for high school students, especially those who are college bound, and should include such details as book title and publisher. Students who plan to compete for top scholarships and/or colleges especially NCAA should consider including ISBN numbers.
If classes are taken outside the home such as at a local tutorial, coop, or through a local college, you can indicate this in the course description as well if needed. Be sure to also list the curriculum/resources being used.
Finally, when reporting high school English, remember English is made up of several components combined into one class titled English. Literature and composition (which includes grammar and vocabulary) are the main components of the English credit. More than one English credit can only be given if the student is taking two or more complete English courses. If you need to know if you can receive more than the core English credit, please contact a counselor.
Again, HLA is very flexible but the more information we have, the better our counselors will be able to serve you.