Our Homeschool Courses

By Maria Gail | Apr 02, 2013
Galen Stubbert and Luis Mauser

 

We (Galen Stubbert and Luis Mauser) both went to Belfast Area High School for 9th and 10th grades and now we're taking a year to homeschool for our junior year.  Homeschool requirements are pretty minimal in Maine unless, like us, you intend to transfer your coursework back to public school for graduation credit.  Then it's up to the principal to decide whether you've met school standards.  Working with Mr. Fitzpatrick, principal at BAHS, we set up most of our courses like independent studies, getting approval from teachers who also check in on our work.  Galen's mom, Maria Gail, keeps us organized, sets up a lot of our "field trips" and sometimes cracks the whip.

 

These are the courses we're doing together this year, followed by courses we're doing individually:

U. S. History - Pretty straight forward, but we make use of a lot of documentary films.

The Belfast Experience -  This is a combination English/Social Studies elective in which we mostly explore Belfast, read and write papers.

Career Exploration - We've been interviewing people about what they do, job-shadowing and apprenticing, taking job-aptitude tests, and learning about interviews and resumes.

Lab Chemistry - We're taking this through Adult Ed.

Algebra II - We threw in the towel, putting math off until next year.

 

Individual courses - Galen:

Horticulture/Gardening -  I've been using a lot of local resources including MOFGA's apprentice trainings, the Extension Service's Master Gardener course, and an apprenticeship with Mike and Christa at Bahner Farm in Belmont.

Bike/hike Phys Ed - Nuff said.

Spanish - Luis is already fluent, but my mom and I are both trying to learn Spanish.

 

Luis:

Building Construction/Woodworking - The core of this course is an apprenticeship with Jim Dickson, helping build a studio at his home in Brooks, but I'm also using some other local resources.

Primitive Arts and Crafts - Arts and crafts using local native materials, with instruction from local artists plus lots of sources on Youtube.

 

Comments (1)
Posted by: TROY HOWARD MIDDLE SCHOOL | Apr 04, 2013 21:13

Luis,

  Good for you, keep up the good work.

                               Mrs. W



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