A to Z List: Middle and High School Homeschool Electives
There are so many great options for middle and high school homeschool electives for teens that it can be hard to narrow down the choices. Sometimes we need a little nudge to remember that the freedom of homeschooling opens doors for opportunities for our kids beyond the traditional elective options.
This A to Z list of middle and high school best homeschool electives should give you a headstart in helping your teen decide what he would like to pursue.
I try to think out of the box when choosing electives. Too, remember each teen has a very different personality. You know that, so don’t homeschool middle and high school in fear meaning take a boring and predictable path for electives.
Although they can be, these are not the core subjects. This is the time to explore a teen’s passion no matter how odd it may seem.
There is no other time in a teen’s life that he will have freedom to explore even the mundane. I know your anxious about your teen’s next journey as he enters adulthood, but let him delve into his passions and likes here. Just like you didn’t push when they were younger, don’t do it it here either.
Also, something else I learned after my first high school teen is to start earlier. For example, by feeding one of my son’s passion for writing in the middle and high school years he has continued on with his love of writing past graduation.
High school electives can begin in middle school; it gives your child a head start in time to pursue his strengths.
Look at some of these out of the box ideas.
In addition, I’ve listed some of my lapbooks and unit study ideas. I aim toward middle grades and up for most of my unit studies and lapbook; I try to create them for multiple ages.
Anatomy. My Human Body Lapbook and Unit Study post has more great ideas.
Art and design
Art History. Art History for Kids has some more ideas on creating a study.
Astronomy. Look at my Astronomy Lapbook and Unit Study for more ideas.
Look at tips I share on my YouTube Channel, How to Homeschool EZ
Bee Keeping. You’ll find a Bee Lapbook and Unit Study here on my page.
Also, your kids will love Literary Adventures which are self-paced language arts courses.
Also, don’t think you have to learn all these things on your own. Look at some these fantastic middle and high school courses to explore which are already laid out.
Look at some of these courses from learn music in our homeschool.
- Music Appreciation of the Romantic Era for High School
- 100 Delightful Classical Musical Pieces Mini Course
Cake decorating. Hobby Lobby used to give cake classes by private individuals. Check out Wilton to see locations.
Creative Writing. Also we loved Writing Rockstar units for middle school.
Computer building, programming, or science
Also, don’t think you have to learn all these things on your own.
There are may self-paced courses that I like which can ease the stress of teaching during the teens years and make them awesome. We loved our self-pace courses for art with Atelier Art.
Drivers Ed counts as a half-credit with some schools. Of course, if you can decide the credits for your teen you can make this any course you want to. You can include safety in a vehicle, safety on water, or just a Safety 101 course.
Early childhood development
Electric dance music/digital music
Exploring different careers
First Aid. Many of the trainings for health related paths are certificate programs for persons of any age.
Forensic science. CSI: Web Adventures has some fun games and a free educator guide.
Furniture stripping, repairing, etc.
Geography. Local, physical, or world geography are great topics to delve deeper into by teens. One easy resource for us we liked was Runkle Geography. Look at my post here Geography, Country Studies & Timelines.
Genetics. There are many free sites to search about ancestry and genes.
Home design/interior design
Studying my boys love of history, I was able to sneak in literature and history while delving into the medieval time period with Beautiful Feet Books.
High School Elective Ideas
One more place to check for free courses for a limited time especially during the summer is the Homeschool Buyers Co-op. And if you don’t see anything free, at least you’ll love the discount on the curriculum.
Nature studies. There are 26 Free Nature Studies here on my page with lapbooks.
Nursing/Art of Caregiving
Social media influence
Trail and woodland management or design
I hope this A to Z list of high school electives helps you brainstorm some options for your teen. Has your teen tried any of these high school electives yet? Are there any others you’d add to the list?
I think you’ll love these other tips for when planning middle and high school:
- How to Build High School Curriculum Directly From Amazon
- How to Easily Meet the Lab Component of Homeschool High School Science
- Best Homeschool High School Literature Suggestions For Teens
- How to Choose the Best Middle School Literature And Favorite Resources
- How to Choose the BEST Homeschool Middle and High School Language Arts Curriculum & Options
- Get It Over and Done: How Do Homeschoolers Graduate Early
- How To Homeschool Middle School – Why Eclectic Of Course!
- Homeschooling High School: Curriculum, Credits, and Courses
- Homeschool High School–How to Log Hours for High School?
Hugs and love ya,