Ultimate Homeschool Co-op Class Ideas: High School

Ultimate Homeschool Co-op Class Ideas: High School

Drama (Produce a play and perform it at the end of co-op)

Improv Drama (Find improv games online. Learn about how to build scenes and what’s funny. Practice games each week and perform some at the end of co-op)

Speech (We love IEW’s Speech Boot Camp, or develop your own speech program.)

Biology (Apologia or Abeka have good programs. Do a chapter or two each week plus labs, or just do the lab work together and the families can do the chapters at home. Lots of great dissecting projects and kits available)

Government & Economics (There are lots of textbook or online video driven courses for this topic)

Painting (Practice painting using different types of paint–watercolors, oils, acrylics, watercolor pens, etc. )

Portrait Drawing (Lean how to draw faces. Learn about proportions, eyes, shading, ears, hair, etc. Practice drawing using your own face, other people, or pictures)

Art History (Learn about art from different eras and create projects from each era)

Calligraphy (Have students learn proper technique, learn letters and numbers, etc.)

Pottery & Sculpture (Use clay to make different types of pottery and sculpture using slab method, pinching, coiling, and general forming of figures or animals. If possible bring in a wheel or several and try your hand at spinning a pot or vase.)

Applied Art (Create leather belts, glass etchings, wood carvings, weaving, etc.)

Digital Drawing (Learn how to draw using a drawing pad or drawing program. Learn the tools and techniques for digital art)

Animation (Using free or inexpensive animation software and laptops or tablets/iPads, learn how to make your pictures come to life!)

Digital Art (learn how to change a photo into an illustration, how to change and enhance photos, how to create your own digital art from scratch, how to use the tools of digital art software)

Video Editing (Learn how to cut, move, change, enhance a video. How to add music or voice overs, and how to use the tools of the video editing software)

Movie Making (create a short movie. Some can act, some direct, some edit, some film, etc.)

Yearbook/Journalism (create a yearbook for your co-op or a weekly paper)

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Photography (learn how to use a DSLR camera. Learn about lighting, composition, landscape, portraits, etc.)

ASL (learn sign language)

Welding (Ask someone in your community if they can teach welding, or do it through a community program)

Algebra I or II (Abeka, Life of Fred, Saxon, Math-U-See, etc. all have good curriculum)

Geometry (BJU, Abeka, Saxon, Math-U-See, etc. all have curriculum)

Physical Science (Apologia, Abeka, Holt, etc. all have curriculum)

Chemistry (Check ChristianBook.com or Amazon for lots of choices here)

Astronomy (Great opportunities here for field trips to the observatory, planetarium, star gazing with the telescope or tracking a planet or comet. Check ChristianBook.com or Amazon for lots of choices here)

Zoology or Oceanography (A little harder to find a curriculum, but there are some, as well as videos on YouTube and information on the internet so you could create your own curriculum. Lots of great opportunities for field trips to zoos, farms, beaches, aquariums, etc.)

Electrical (Find an electrician to teach electricity and wiring. Start with the basics of how electricity works, how to power something, AC current, batteries, etc.; cover the math used to calculate electrical charge; then watch a real electrician or electrical engineer at work applying some of these principles)

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Cooking on Your Own (Learn how to cook simple breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. Learn what cooking terms mean, how to calculate measurements, how to saute, bake, roast, and boil, etc.)

Gourmet Cooking (Learn recipes that will impress your friends! Putting together unusual ingredients, looking at presentation, making recipes using fresh ingredients, etc.)

Baking (Make cakes, pies, muffins, tarts, etc. Learn the effect of using certain ingredients like butter vs. oil, baking powder vs. baking soda, regular flour vs. cake flour, etc.)

Cake Decorating (Learn how to ice a cake, how to use different icing tips, how to make and form shapes out of fondant, etc.)

Cheese Making (Spend several sessions learning how to make quick cheeses such as ricotta, mozzarella, and mascarpone. Watch videos on how aged cheese forms, visit a shop that sells many types of cheeses and try samples, visit a cheese maker.)

Bread Making (Learn how to make quick breads and yeast breads. Try different types of breads. Make a recipe using some of the bread you made. Visit a bakery or donut shop for a behind-the-scenes tour.)

American History (Take field trips to nearby historic sites such as prehistoric, Native American , Early American Life, Revolutionary War, Civil War, Pioneer Life, and Civil Rights. Learn the history of your city or town in relation to your studies; LOTS of textbook curriculum available, just pick!)

Ancient History (Study ancient civilizations from Mesopotamia, Babylonian, Roman, Chinese, Indian, etc.)

Western History (Learn about the beginnings of European history to the present)

World History (Learn the history of great civilizations and nations around the world)

History of Fashion ( Study great influencers and designers throughout the time period, Create outfits for women from the 1800’s to the present, have a fashion show at the end to display your designs)

Choir (Learn vocal performance as a group. Learn vocal techniques, harmonizing, group dynamics, how to read music, and practice songs for a performance at the end)

Students Taking Singing Class At Drama College

Musical (Learn a musical, practice, and perform it at the end)

Band or Orchestra (Learn your instrument and how to play together. Practice several pieces and perform at the end.)

Crossfit (Local gyms often have downtime during the day and would be happy to schedule a discounted class for homeschoolers. You provide the students, they provide the know-how!)

Interval training (Teach jump rope, push ups, running, sit-ups, pull ups, mountain climbers, etc. in combination for a great opportunity to build endurance and muscle)

Health & Nutrition (Learn about basic anatomy, good health and lifelong habits, and healthy eating. Get in the kitchen and try out some healthy recipes!)

Sports (Try out volleyball, baseball, tennis, soccer, badminton, etc. Get moving, learn the rules, and have fun!)

Card Games (Learn Rummy, Bridge, Hand and Foot, Mow, Hearts, and all kinds of card games)

American Literature (Read books or excerpts from great American writers. Discuss your reading, write about what you’ve learned, study vocabulary, have movie nights for some books that were turned into movies)

Western Literature (Read books and excerpts from great European authors. Discuss your reading, write about what you’ve learned, study vocabulary, have movie nights for some books that were turned into movies)

Contemporary Literature (Read books that are popular now. Discuss your reading, write about what you’ve learned, study vocabulary, have movie nights for some books that were turned into movies)

Harry Potter (Read and discuss the Harry Potter books in one year. Learn vocabulary, plot, character. Present a term project. Have some fun by playing a game of quidditch (on the ground!) or making your own butter beer)

Spanish (Learn vocabulary, verbs, conversations, reading, writing, etc. Go on a field trip to try Latino foods, visit a Spanish speaking church or business, participate in holidays or festivals available in your area)

German (Visit a German restaurant, have a guest speaker who is German, learn vocabulary, conversations, reading, and writing)

French (Visit a French bistro or pastry shop, try making some French food, learn vocabulary, conversations, reading, and writing, watch videos on French culture)

Chinese (Invite a Chinese guest speaker, celebrate the Chinese New Year, watch videos on China, eat some Chinese food, learn vocabulary, conversations, reading, and writing)

Internship (Set up individual internships for students based on their career interest. )

Socratic Seminar (Study current events and have Socratic discussions based on the topics that are thought provoking and not easily solved. There are several ways to do Socratic discussions. Check out YouTube and the internet for topics and discussion examples.)

Debate (Learn the various styles of debating, as well as dabble in other national debate event categories. Attend and compete in debating competitions. IEW has a debate guide and handbook for 9-12 grades)

Apologetics (Learn the history and investigation of the Christian faith and how it stands up to scrutiny. We like the curriculum I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist)

Logic (Study the rules of logic and how they apply to the world around you. We like the book The Fallacy Detective)