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How to Put Crochet on Your Homeschool Transcript

How to Put Crochet on Your Homeschool Transcript
You know you want to include fabulous fun electives on your homeschool transcript. But how? How do you put crocheting and other delight directed learning on a high school transcript!?

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You know you want to include fabulous fun electives on your homeschool transcript. But how? How do you put crocheting and other handcrafts on a high school transcript!?

Mandi asked, "My daughter has taught herself to crochet and makes bags, headbands, coasters and whatever else pops into her head. Can count that as an elective art credit?

Yes! Art can be taught intentionally with books, or learned naturally and for fun like Mandi's daughter. School districts across the country include these kinds of classes, and we can do it too. Let me show you just a few examples.

Wallingford Public Schools in Connecticut offers a class called "Contemporary Crafts". Their online description suggests a variety of crafts, but of course you have unlimited options as a homeschooler. They call it "Career and Technical Education" instead of fine art, but high school kids can earn 1/2 credit each year.  Here is their course description:

Course Description for Contemporary Crafts

"Contemporary Crafts is a hands-on course designed to give students opportunities to develop skills in a variety of craft techniques. The course delves into the history of each craft and its application to today’s society. There are numerous connections to the core academic areas. Each student will create an individual information based portfolio. The class will design a business based on a craft and market their product. Examples of the skills that may be developed include macramé, decoupage, charted designs, basketry, weaving, quilting, knitting, crocheting, paper craft, bookbinding, and stamping."



Bloomer High School Wisconsin simply calls it: "Crafts 1". It's available every semester for students in grades 10-12, but we have the freedom to provide the same thing in grade 9, of course. Their online description says "Some projects covered are: paper arts, cement casting, stamping, card making, clay, handmade books, fiber arts, and decorative painting."


Northland Pines School District is also in Wisconsin, but it uses a really fancy class title, calling it "Textiles, Arts and Crafts". Their online description says "Students will learn a number of handicrafts by taking this class. Students will work with the following areas in this class: crocheting, latch hooking, cross stitching, bracelet making, scrap-booking, cake decorating, beading, and glass decorating."


Wayne Westland Community Schools in Michigan calls it "Creative Stitchery" for Grade 9-12 and allows their students to take this class all year. Although each semester class earns 1/2 credit, the course can be taken more than once for credit throughout high school, so students can earn up to one credit per year of high school. The school provides this description:

Course Description for Creative Stitchery

"This course explores hand sewing and craft techniques. The student will make a sample project supplied by the teacher. This allows the student to learn a hand craft such as knitting, crocheting, counted cross stitch, and/or embroidery. Students will be required to purchase some additional materials. As the student’s ability increases, each project will become more challenging. Because this class is taught according to each individual student’s skill level, this course may be repeated to increase skill level."


Again, we are not limited to these topics, but can choose any number of skills to include in our homeschool class, and we can choose fancy or plain class titles, whichever we prefer. The bigger message is that delight directed learning can be included on your homeschool transcript. Somewhere across the United States, you can be sure another brick and mortar school is also allowing the same kind of class. The only difference is that you are not limited to subjects you are interested in, we can allow our children to learn things independently, as they are lead. If you want to read the original article, read it here: 2 Ways to Count High School Credit

Which class title would you choose for crochet? 

Contemporary Crafts

Crafts 1

Textiles, Arts and Crafts

Creative Stitchery

Or something else?


If you want to read more about putting delight directed learning on your transcript, you can get my free ebook, How to Put Fabulous Fun on Your Homeschool Transcript.

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Comments 3

Guest - Jill B on Wednesday, 21 October 2015 16:15

Lee, thank you so much for sending me the link for this article today. (The Gold Club is worth it's weight in gold!) The article makes me feel better about giving my daughter credit for the hours and hours and HOURS she has spent crocheting over the past few years. She loves it, and I love how homeschooling allows one of her passions to counted for high school credit. Thanks again for everything! :-)

Lee, thank you so much for sending me the link for this article today. (The Gold Club is worth it's weight in gold!) The article makes me feel better about giving my daughter credit for the hours and hours and HOURS she has spent crocheting over the past few years. She loves it, and I love how homeschooling allows one of her passions to counted for high school credit. Thanks again for everything! :-)
EMILY BYRD on Saturday, 13 June 2020 20:54

I am in absolute agreement, Jill B. My daughter also spends many, many hours crocheting and quilting. I have wanted to give her credit for this time spent, but haven't really known how to do it. These article has definitely given me a good starting place!

I certainly appreciate this website. I am so surprised at how much I have used it as I homeschool my children through their high school years. Thank you, Lee!!!

I am in absolute agreement, Jill B. My daughter also spends many, many hours crocheting and quilting. I have wanted to give her credit for this time spent, but haven't really known how to do it. These article has definitely given me a good starting place! I certainly appreciate this website. I am so surprised at how much I have used it as I homeschool my children through their high school years. Thank you, Lee!!!
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Dear Jill,
What a sweet encouragement it will be for Lee to read this!
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