As you have arrived at the high school years with your student, are you wondering whether you can homeschool through high school? Are you overwhelmed with the process of how to count credits, record courses for transcript purposes, and 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 Geography 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 books 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 Geography Guide provides a year's worth of daily plans filled with meaningful discussions, readings, activities, experiments, projects, 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 6 ½ 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 geography and world religion "spines" in order to bring the study of world geography, cultures, and religion to life. A foreign language option is also included.
On the right side of the plans, a Biblical study focuses on students becoming rooted and grounded in their faith; a devotional study focuses on how to become a Godly young woman or man; a study of logic focuses on critical thinking; the study of math focuses on Algebra I; the study of science focuses on integrating physics and chemistry with coordinating labwork; and the study of literature, composition, grammar, vocabulary, and dictation focuses on providing a balanced skills approach to the language arts. 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 13-15, 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 Geography 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 Geography" 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 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 Geography Guide and other required resources to help your student earn 1 full credit in World Geography, ½ credit in World Religion & Cultures, and 1 full credit in Bible.
The Living Library Package provides carefully selected living books that coordinate well with the geography 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 geography come to life as students experience various places around the globe. The Living Library Package is highly recommended, unless you need to economize; however, it is not required to earn credit in World Geography.
Adding the Logic Package to the Economy Package adds ½ credit of Logic to your student's program.
Adding the foreign language option Getting Started With Spanish 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, grammar, and vocabulary, 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 or without lab) to your program. The focus of this year of science is integrated physics and chemistry. 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 Algebra I 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 Geography" part of the program provides a chronological approach to geography based upon the history of exploration, discovery, and mapmaking, starting with ancient cultures and ending with exploration of the polar regions. As students read about discoveries of places around the world, they map these places and work on geography-related projects. Reading about various wonders of the world and viewing the 6-DVD set Must See Places of the World, helps students identify geographic locations and adds a visual feast of places around the globe to help students picture life in places that would otherwise be inaccessible.
Since understanding world religions is a crucial, and often overlooked, part of understanding world geography, a World Religion & Culture's study is also included. The religions of the world continue to dominate settlements, architecture, family structures, professions, community design, travel, worship, and government. To teach world geography without teaching world religions would result in a very surface view of geography, and students would then be missing much of the "why" and "how" behind where settlements occurred and civilizations grew. This year of study is meant to provide students with a "you-are-there" narrative look at world geography that helps students expand their thinking beyond the borders of where they live.
This year is designed to give students compassion for the unreached peoples of the world, to help them become more deeply rooted and grounded in their faith, and to stir their hearts to share the Gospel with those of other faiths. The areas listed below are scheduled on the "Learning Through Geography" side of the plans.
World Geography (1 full credit):
World Religion & Cultures (½ credit)
Foreign Language Option (½ credit):
The "Learning the Basics" part of the program includes subjects not directly linked to the geography study such as Bible, devotions, logic, 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 and Devotional Study (1 full credit):
Logic (½ credit):
English (1 full credit):
Science with or without Lab (1 full credit):
Math (1 full credit):
Recommended Math Choices: Algebra I
See the corresponding packages.