Meeting state requirements for high school graduation in your homeschool doesn’t have to be complicated. Self-paced online classes have everything you need to keep the flexibility you love while learning at the high school level in your homeschool.
I have been homeschooling high school for six years now. Six years, two kids and so much unnecessary stress later, I’ve learned a lot about what works and what doesn’t.
Interest-led learning? Check
Multisensory learning? Check
Learning that translates to practical, everyday life? Double check
Practical Skills In Your High School Homeschool
I have already shared what I think the absolute most important factor was in my eldest’s high school education. What mattered most was learning that directly contributed to my child’s ability to function in everyday life.
Practical learning in any subject creates a variety of successful outcomes for learners including:
- increased comprehension
- sustained retention
- less resistance
- increased self-confidence
- real life measurements for success
The challenge however, is finding ways to incorporate practical life into the requirements we have for high school graduation in our homeschools.
Meeting High School State Requirements In Your Homeschool
Although each state has different requirements for high school level coursework, choosing the classes and curriculum for your homeschool is entirely up to you. For me, that was both good and bad news.
Yes, I have the flexibility to use what works, but the responsibility is entirely on my shoulders.
For example, my state requires a semester of economics for high school graduation. I distinctly remember my own high school economics class, and suffice to say, none of it felt relatable to my everyday life. Supply vs. demand was a concept in a text book, not a real factor that surrounded my buying choices everyday.
I want more for my son, not just because I think it’s a more engaging way to learn, but because it will actually benefit him in his adult life.
Self-Paced Online High School Classes For Homeschoolers
The first and only curriculum I considered for this class was Mr. D Math. We have taken four classes so far with them:
- Consumer Math (twice – once with each child)
- College and Career Readiness
Mr. D Math offers online courses in a variety of subjects. As we grew into the high school years, online learning opportunities have become invaluable.
While live classes are available, my son’s learning needs make self-paced courses ideal for the pacing and repetition he needs to truly grasp new learning.
The good news is, Mr. D Math has a high school economics course that is self-paced.
The Benefits Of Learning With Mr. D Math (for more than just math!)
Mr. D Math offers a wide range of online courses including:
- American Sign Language
- Language Arts
- Study Skills
- College and Career Readiness
- And of course, lots of math options!
As I mentioned, we have taken several courses from Mr. D Math in the past. The reason why they are a go-to now in our homeschool is simple – every single class seeks to tie the learning (no matter what the subject!) to our every day, real lives.
Economics For Your High School Homeschool
While I was not surprised, I was grateful to see that Mr. D Math’s economics class included the same practical approach throughout the coursework.
It includes a total of 16 lessons, which is similar to a semester schedule. However, because it is self-paced, we have the flexibility to progress a bit slower and make it a year-long study.
Summary Of Learning Topics
The topics in this course include:
- Supply and demand
- Currency and credit
- Economic Recession
- and more
All of these are taught with a focus on what this actually means in real life, providing practical examples of these concepts at work. But that’s not all.
The class also covers:
- opening and managing a bank account
- applying and interviewing for jobs
- comparing benefit packages
- understanding your paystub
- establishing good credit and how to budget with credit
- the realities of identity theft
- purchasing and/or leasing a car
- renting an apartment
- calculating interest
How I wish I had learned about all of these when I was in high school! Not only are these topics incredibly valuable, they make the learning much more engaging and interesting for my son. He loves the idea of taking all of this on as an independent adult in the future, so he is much more willing to learn.
Mr. D Math Online High School Classes For Your Homeschool
Ready to give Mr. D Math a try in your homeschool? Take a look at all they have to offer and make high school an engaging and practical educational experience for your child.
There’s more to Mr. D Math than math!
Mr. D Math offers live and self-paced courses for a variety of subjects.
Read More About Our Experience Over The Years With Mr. D Math
- TEACH by Dennis DiNoia: Creating Independently Responsible Learners
- Homeschooling High School: What Matters Most May Surprise You
- An Excellent Approach To College And Career Readiness For Homeschoolers
- Homeschool High School Math: The Best Decision We Made To Help My Child
Shawna Wingert is a former training and development professional turned education specialist, and has homeschooled her two children for the last ten years.Shawna has written four books about homeschooling unique learners and has been featured in homeschooling discussions on Today.com, The Mighty, Simple Homeschool, My Little Poppies and Raising Lifelong Leaners.
You can find her online here at DifferentByDesignLearning.com.