Can I give more credits than assigned?

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Mumkins
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Can I give more credits than assigned?

Post by Mumkins » Fri Aug 14, 2015 2:38 pm

We only need 110 hours for a credit here. I'm to have 8 grade 9 credits. I intend to swap the half credit Spanish for a full credit French. Grade 9 French is mandatory. I am adding Canadian geography, another mandatory credit, to make 8 credits in total. However, that ups our day to 8 hours. My DD is not happy about that. That's 8 hours, no breaks. Add in a 15 minute morning meeting to go over her work. 2 15 minute breaks and a 45 minute lunch. We're at 9.5 hours.

HOD has my kids putting in way more than 110 hours. Is there any credits I can assign more for? Such as a full credit for Logic or World Religion and Culture? Can I break the English credit up?

My daughter wants to get a job. She takes riding lessons and karate. I feel like she won't have a moments free time. She's coming home for highschool and is use to a 6.5 hour school day, including a 15 minute break and hour lunch.
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Re: Can I give more credits than assigned?

Post by 8arrows » Fri Aug 14, 2015 5:31 pm

Nevermind. I reread your post.
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Re: Can I give more credits than assigned?

Post by Nealewill » Fri Aug 14, 2015 10:53 pm

Are you talking about doing school 5 days a week at 8 hours a day? The guide is written to 4 days a week instead of 5 (which I am sure you already know). Also, with highschool, it is jump. I am sure you know that too. Julie mentioned in another thread that her son does an hour first thing, then does 4-5 hours during the day, and then does 1 hour again at night. That helps to break up his time during the day. Maybe your dd could do some of that. If you spread this time out over 5 days instead of 4, it might not seem so long.

Also - since you are in Canada - I would look at their graduation requirements and line those up with the classes scheduled in HOD. If there are classes that HOD schedules that you don't need, then I would consider cutting some of them back. The living library - though it does look amazing - might be one area I would consider cutting. There is only so much time in a day and I would hate for your dd to be completely stressed. Other than that, the only other thing I would consider cutting is logic but only if you don't need it.
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Re: Can I give more credits than assigned?

Post by Mumkins » Sat Aug 15, 2015 7:22 am

8 hours 4 days, 4 hours on the 5th. My DD is a ferocious reader. I'm hoping it'll be ok. LL could go if neccesary. We don't need Logic, but, we do need 8 credits, so I'd have to replace it with something. The only typical 9th grade thing I'm skipping is career planning. I have it scheduled in 11th though. We'll be skipping a fair bit of Early American, sadly as we dont need the history, government or constitutional literacy. That's where I have our Canadian history and civics planned as well.
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Re: Can I give more credits than assigned?

Post by Nealewill » Sat Aug 15, 2015 7:30 am

Wow - that is a long day! But I do remember being in school and high school was a lot of work anyway. The good news is that once she gets to college, she will be great at managing her time and she will probably find college a breeze. I guess that is my hope at least. I want my kids high school to more than prepare my kids for the volume, workload, time management, etc skills needed for college so that once they go, it is easy.
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