View Full Version : elective ideas for my 16yo ds

03-07-2012, 08:32 PM
I need help. My son has very few interests right now. I'm trying to figure out what I can count as an elective for his 10th grade year (and for the next 2 years). Or some ideas of classes I can design for him to count as electives.

He has been teaching himself guitar... can I somehow add to that and consider it an elective? He did a brief book/cd course. But I think I would need to add something else to consider it a credit.
what about drawing/art? he does draw on his own once in awhile,and I was going to buy this (http://insighttechnicaleducation.com/ite-overview.htm)technical drawing program.

I'm also having him do some "career devolopment" activities. Not sure what a good name for that class would be, or how to count it (1/2 credit?)

03-08-2012, 10:48 AM
Career Development sounds like a good name. My son is taking a class in college called Personal Development.

As far as counting electives for credit, you just have to make sure they are doing the required hours. This might be helpful to help determine what is required:

Donna Young's site also has helpful forms to help keep track of classes.

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Heather (WI)
06-04-2012, 12:28 AM
:hi: Amy (I'm also from WI!)

Does he have any interests like music or photography? (just thought of those, because they are our dd's favorites) Have you considered foreign language? Or woodworking? Small engines? Just brainstorming!

Dawn Gilmore
06-04-2012, 02:16 AM
CJ shared some really good ideas for your "career development" elective in this thread: http://www.fiarhq.com/forum/showthread.php?t=95640

I think your thoughts on art and music electives are good ones, but you need to set out clear goals on what he needs to accomplish in order to earn the "credit." (ie, just playing with his guitar here and there would hardly count as a credit, but working through a certain level of books should... make sure as he's teaching himself to play, that he's also learning some basic music theory as well...)