As you have entered the high school years with your student, are you wondering if you can continue to homeschool through high school? Are you concerned how to get the credits that your student needs, how to count credits, how to record courses for transcript purposes, and how to write course descriptions? Do you desire to equip your child both academically and spiritually for whatever the Lord may call your child to do? Are you unsure how much to expect of your high school student and how to create a balanced approach to learning? Do you wonder how to cover needed academics in an interesting way, while still allowing time to pursue your child's passions and interests? Is it your desire to keep Christ at the center of your student's studies as he/she moves into deeper, weightier material?
Hearts for Him Through High School: World History was written with the goal of equipping you to homeschool your student through high school. The design and layout of the guide provides clear direction in calculating grades, counting credits, and recording courses for transcript purposes. The guide also includes course descriptions, relieving you of this cumbersome task! Each day of plans addresses both academic and spiritual needs, making sure not to neglect either area. Plans set forth clear guidance in what to expect of your high school student each day and are written with a balanced approach to learning. The guide uses narrative material as the core of the student's education to cover needed academics in a living, engaging manner. A 4-day plan allows time each week for your child to pursue his/her own passions and areas of interest. As the studies shift to deeper, weightier material, Christ and His Word are kept at the center, leading your student to a deeper, more mature relationship with the Lord.
The World History Guide provides a year's worth of daily plans filled with meaningful readings, activities, labs, projects, discussions, mapping and notebook entries, without all of the planning and preparation that these types of lessons usually require. Straight-forward daily plans are provided on each two-page spread. Following the plans as written will allow your student to earn 7 total credits for this year of study.
On the left side of the plans, a variety of systematic daily lessons and activities are designed to coordinate with readings from living world history and art history "spines" in order to bring the study of world and art history to life. A foreign language option is also included.
On the right side of the plans, a Biblical study focuses on a survey of the Old Testament to demonstrate the Bible's big picture; a Pilgrim's Progress study focuses on Christian's journey through this world with all of its dangers and temptations on a quest for heaven; a study of health focuses on how to have a moral foundation for a healthy lifestyle based on Scriptural principles; the study of math focuses on Geometry; the study of science focuses on showing the wonders of God's creation through biology (including anatomy) with coordinating labwork; and the study of literature, composition, grammar, vocabulary, and dictation focuses on providing a rich, balanced skills approach to the language arts that leads students to develop moral discernment. The plans require little or no preparation and use only materials you're likely to have on hand. This guide is written for students ages 14-16, and can be extended to 11th and 12th graders with adjustments to the 3R's and science as needed.
Hearts for Him Through High School: World History features 35 units with complete daily plans. Each unit lasts for 4 days, providing the 5th day of each week for your student to pursue his/her own interests. The 4-day plan can also be stretched to cover 5 days if needed. These plans are meant to save you time planning, so you can spend your time guiding and facilitating your student's learning, as you encourage your child to grow both academically and spiritually. Activities are rotated daily, to help your student cover many areas that might otherwise be neglected, without lengthening the school day. These plans are designed to provide an academic, balanced approach to learning, but even more importantly, they are designed to help you reach your students' hearts as well as their minds. Little preparation is required, and all of the skill areas are covered. Each day of plans is divided into the following 2 parts: "Learning Through History" and "Learning the Basics." Each segment of the plans is further designated as "Teacher Directed (T)," "Semi-Independent (S)," or "Independent (I)." Dividing the plans in this manner helps you know how involved to be in each part of the guide as you move your students toward more independent work. Students can expect to spend approximately 6 ½ to 7 hours completing each day of plans.
Lesson plans are written so you can customize the program to suit your family's needs. Resources contained in the Economy Package are considered necessary for all students. The Economy Package includes the World History Guide and other required resources to help your student earn 1 full credit in World History and 1 full credit in Bible: Old Testament Survey.
The Living Library Package provides carefully selected living books that coordinate well with the history plans. These books are not intended to fulfill your student's high school literature credit, as students read separate higher-level literature in the "English" portion of the plans to fulfill that need. Instead, the books in this package were chosen to make world history come alive as students experience life in various time periods and places throughout history. The Living Library Package is highly recommended, unless you need to economize; however, it is not required to earn credit in World History.
Adding the Fine Art's Package to the Economy Package adds ½ credit -1 full credit of Fine Arts to your student's program, depending on which option you select.
Adding the Health Package to the Economy Package adds ½ credit of Health to your student's program.
Adding the foreign language option to your Economy Package adds ½ credit of Spanish to your student's program.
Since high school credit in English is earned through a combination of literature, composition, and grammar, all of these areas are scheduled in our plans. A variety of English Packages are available to customize the study of language arts to suit your needs and budget. Adding an English package to the Economy Package allows your student to earn 1 full credit in English.
Adding the Science Package to the Economy Package adds 1 full credit of science (with lab) to your program. The focus of this year of science is biology (including anatomy). This package is required unless you have your own science.
Adding a Math Package to the Economy Package adds 1 full credit of math to your program. Students entering this guide are ideally studying Geometry or above, however students at a differing math level may still utilize this guide.
Click on the packages link at the top of this page to view the various packages.
The "Learning Through History" part of the program provides a cultural approach to world history based on studying the agriculture, architecture, communication, discoveries, dominant personalities, education, families, food, government, industry, energy, military, religion, sports, and transportation of ancient cultures up through modern cultures. In covering history in this manner, students gain a cultural as well as a historical perspective of life in various time periods, rather than following a strictly chronological approach to historical events. As students read about different time periods and places around the world, they study historical maps, make corresponding entries in their Book of Centuries, compare historical primary source documents, listen to re-enactments of memorable moments in history, narrate orally and in writing, share talking points, and work on history-related activities.
A course in Art History/Appreciation is another part of the "Learning Through History" side of the plans. This course offers Biblical insight into the great art and artists of the ages. It also includes narrative readings showcasing the struggles and successes of various artists, schedules follow-up activities and writing projects, and guides students in creating art projects using a variety of mediums.
The areas listed below are scheduled on the "Learning Through History" side of the plans.
World History (1 full credit):
Fine Arts: Art History (½ - 1 full credit)
Foreign Language Option (½ credit):
The "Learning the Basics" part of the program includes subjects not directly linked to the world history study such as Bible, Pilgrim's Progress, health, literature, composition, grammar, math, and science. These important subjects are scheduled and taught in an engaging and balanced manner, providing students with foundational skills needed for success in each area. Both spiritual and academic goals are addressed within the plans. Each subject listed below is scheduled or referenced in the guide on the "Learning the Basics" side of the daily plans.
Bible Study (1 full credit):
Health (½ credit):
English (1 full credit):
Science with Lab (1 full credit):
Math (1 full credit): Recommended Math Choices: Geometry
See the corresponding packages.