The next question:
Do you have set subjects that must be tackled by the laws of the state?
If not, what plan did you follow for coming up with his coursework or are you using a curriculum like Kolbe or Seton?
No, I've never used anything like Kolbe or Seton, and yes, in our state we do report on the areas of language arts, math, science, social studies, and health. These are all a part of daily life and homeschooling, so I know we're covering them and my documentation makes that clear. In our first year of homeschooling, I made a simple form for monthly record keeping. Though I've tried other forms and methods, I always come back to this simple one because it matches our state requirements neatly and allows room for my own notes (and of course, I always add pages to this -- one form doesn't cover an entire semester, booklists, etc.) Notes eventually become a narrative transcript on all things read, studied, discussed, learned, mastered, and experienced. Here's my humble little form:
I've also always used the Living is Learning Curriculum guides because they're helpful for ideas, projects, and looking for gaps.
As for deciding what would be included, I covered a bit about our process in Part II -- assessing strengths, weaknesses, gaps, areas of interest, and -- sometimes, the bottom line -- beloved books we want to be sure our children read. Books about homeschooling high school, blogs, discussion groups, and local friends were also invaluable resources along the way as we made decisions about what to do and what to cover.
The best way to give you an idea of what we ended up with for high school is to give you the outline of Anne-with-an-e's narrative transcript:
History and Literature (We included an explanation of how these are interwoven and are not necessarily separated into different "subjects" in our homeschool, and we included booklists and details covering ancient/early Church through the Renaissance, British/European, Shakespeare, American and Modern, biographies , poetry, travel and experiential learning, history and family heritage projects.)
Drama, Music, Art (Listed classes, experience, choirs, etc.)
Foreign Language (Spanish at community college, various exposure to Latin, self-taught ASL.)
Religion/Discussion/Living Our Faith (Included a booklist, a description of the kinds of discussion we regularly have at the dinner table, experience, activism, etc.)
Science (booklists, lab work, hands-on learning, veterinarian shadowing experience, etc.)
Math (listing of curriculum used)
Sally Thomas, at Abandon Hopefully, has done a great job of providing a detailed example of a narrative transcript. In fact, her entire site is a wonderful resource.
If you have homeschooled high school and would like to chime in, I'd love to hear from you. I also want to put together a list of blogs that have discussed homeschooling high school kids.