Understanding the Carnegie Unit (and How It Relates to Homeschooling High School)

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Episode Title: Understanding the Carnegie Unit and How It Relates to Homeschooling High School

Show Notes:

Welcome to a new episode of “It's Not That Hard to Homeschool,” where we demystify the challenges of homeschooling and provide practical advice to make your homeschooling journey smoother. Today, we're diving into a topic that bewilders many homeschooling parents of high schoolers: the Carnegie Unit and its implications for homeschooling through the high school years.

The Carnegie Unit

The Carnegie Unit, a traditional measure of academic credit in the United States, is often used to represent one hour of classroom instruction per day, five days a week, for one academic year. But how does this translate to a homeschooling environment, where traditional classroom hours don't necessarily apply?

Our host, Lisa Nehring, breaks down the concept of the Carnegie Unit, tracing its origins back to the early 20th century and discussing its role in standardizing education across the nation. More importantly, Lisa provides insight into how homeschooling parents can leverage the Carnegie Unit to plan and document their high schooler's educational journey.

Traditional Homeschool Hours

Listeners will learn how to translate traditional classroom hours into homeschooling activities, including academic studies, practical experiences, and extracurricular activities. Lisa also discusses the importance of documentation and how keeping detailed records can benefit homeschooling families, especially when preparing transcripts for college applications.

The Carnegie Unit is Flexible

This episode is packed with tips on how to use the Carnegie Unit as a flexible guideline rather than a strict rule, allowing homeschooling parents to create a high school curriculum that is both rigorous and tailored to their child's interests and needs.

Whether you're new to homeschooling or looking for ways to enhance your high schooler's learning experience, this episode is a must-listen. Join Lisa as she simplifies the complexities of the Carnegie Unit and shows how it can be a valuable tool in your homeschooling toolkit.

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