Choosing a Homeschool Health Curriculum

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When we were homeschooling high school, we used the book “Total Health” as our curriculum. ?We used both the Jr. High and the Sr. High texts. My boys liked them both. If you are getting just one, I would get the one that best meets the age of your child. If they are 9th grade or under, or if they are highly sheltered and older, get the Jr. High. If they are over 9th grade, or hang out with their youth groups, other secular kids, etc., then I would get the Sr. High version.

We chose not to get the workbooks, however. I wanted them to learn the content but I had so many other high powered courses at the time, I didn’t want to have yet another thing for them to be tested on. We were doing Latin and Biology and stuff at the time, and it would have been just too much. Both times I used Total Health, I combined it with their sports activities to make it a PE credit. I didn’t list Health separately on their transcript. With their sports activities, I did have an EASY 150 hours of PE, and I did give them a full credit, but they were doing soccer, swim team and baseball at the time.

If I had listed Total Health alone on the transcript, I think I would have given it 1/2 credit, because even with the tests, I don’t think it would take the time for a full year at 1 hour a day to complete. In Washington State, we are required to teach health at some point in their lives, but they don’t specify when or how much, so I had no requirement as to it being a whole credit in high school. If you want to supplement for high school health to make it a full credit, consider taking a CPR or basic first aid course.

Total Health is a wonderful book, and both of my boys loved it. In fact, when I bought the first one, the kids ended up reading it on their own over summer before school even started. It had a wonderful tone, and had a nice balance between conservative concerns and some of the issues that Christian kids might face at school or youth group.

By: Lee Binz

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