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Underwater Basket Weaving: Sometimes Easy is OK

Relax!  Some classes will be easier than others!

sometimes easy is ok
Our homeschool group wants to have a choir/drama class this semester but they want it to count for 1/2 a credit for the high schoolers. We only meet nine times with three extra rehearsals/practices and the final performance is a short play that is to be memorized. There is singing, dancing, and acting in the play. They are also required to write a 3-5 page character study as well as an 8-10 page paper on the history of theater, etc. Is that enough to count it for 1/2 a credit? Some of the parents are balking at the paper but still want to count it for credit. If you wouldn't mind giving me your opinion, I would so appreciate it.
~ Renita


This sounds like a 1/2 credit to me. But remember, I'm not a "CERTIFIED TEACHER"  (Insert scary noise for effect, using this DRAMA BUTTON!)

Do you remember what it was like in high school? We used to joke about classes being "Underwater Basket Weaving." My friends took some easy classes. I took a class called "Polynesian History." My niece took a class called "Sports Communication" and listened to baseball play-by-play. In our local high school, a DECA class student had one job all semester long; she baked pre-made cookie dough every day of the semester. Someone else was in charge of buying, cooling, wrapping, and selling. All she did was bake cookies out of pre-made dough. Scoop, plop, 10 minutes, repeat ... and she received high school credit for it.

I think that as homeschoolers, we are pretty tough on ourselves and our children. It's OK to include lighter classes along with heavier, more academic classes. To be honest, I don't even think you would "need" to write a paper in that class. You can make the paper an optional essay that parents supervise and grade. That way you CAN please everyone.  I suggest that you be sure to make it the PARENTS' option, though, not the kids' option!

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Guest - Karen on Wednesday, 24 October 2018 06:15

I think we should get our children more involved in outside activities like this https://www.underwaterbasketweaving.org/underwater-basket-weaving/ :-)

I think we should get our children more involved in outside activities like this https://www.underwaterbasketweaving.org/underwater-basket-weaving/ :-)
Guest - Kristine on Friday, 05 August 2011 09:58

Okay. Your "invest in your weakness" has long been my #1 mantra. I think I'll take "sometimes easy is OK" as my #2.

Okay. Your "invest in your weakness" has long been my #1 mantra. I think I'll take "sometimes easy is OK" as my #2.
Guest - Rebecca on Tuesday, 02 August 2011 19:45

From a mom who had her 7th grader read Aristotle's Poetics, I love love love this advice. I need to hear this. Often. Thank you for giving us the permission to lighten up once in a while!

From a mom who had her 7th grader read Aristotle's Poetics, I love love love this advice. I need to hear this. Often. :) Thank you for giving us the permission to lighten up once in a while!
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