Planning High School Science for a non-science major. Do you have a high school student that might not have plans for college or majoring in a degree that requires in depth science classes?
My third child is starting high school in the fall and I need to plan a high school science class that meets his needs. I am not ready for him to do the Biology 101 that I planned for my daughter last year so I am constructing a general science class based on his interests.
The challenge with planning begins with my son who has processing delays and learns by doing. Often I get anxious when I construction my own high school lesson plans but I have to remember my goal is to build on his strengths. Not to mention the choices for high school science curriculum are hard to find for the non-science students.
Planning High School Science:
First I wanted to review the requirements for a high school credit. HSLDA provides some guidelines for how to calculate credits.
My goal is to construct 120 hours of high school science credit by reading, watching videos, writing, and completing projects. To keep myself from getting overwhelmed I am planning a different theme for each quarter. Which means I need to have about 30 hours for each topic.
- Quarter 1 Gardening
- Quarter 2 Chickens
- Quarter 3 CSI
- Quarter 4 Survival Skills
Since I do not have a science curriculum for a main text I am going to rely on my unit study planning skills from the early years of homeschooling. I did find a few free unit study planning forms at Teachers Pay Teachers and Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool Plus.
Then the reality of too many forms overwhelms so I created a one page planner that I can use for each quarter.
I might also use the same form for my son to document what he actually accomplished. I do not want to get bogged down in documenting every moment because I know I will plan for more hours than what is needed for each quarter.
My form completed for Quarter 1 on Gardening:
Right now I am working on how to document his projects and which science concepts I want to focus on in the garden. If you have some ideas please share!
Since summer is the best time for learning about gardening, my son will be completing his first quarter of high school science. I will post updates as he completes each quarter. The tomato seeds have already sprouted.