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Teaching Occupational Education in 5 Easy Steps

"Occupational Education" is the easiest class you will ever teach!  It is a homeschool requirement in some states (i.e. Washington State). I'm convinced it's the easiest class to cover in your homeschool. 

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Here are five easy steps:

1. Wait until your child becomes motivated by money
2. Your child will seek (or be forced to seek) a job
3. Count hours on the job
4. When your child accumulates 150 hours, call it a credit
5. Retroactively write a course description

All done! Piece of cake.

What did you include in your Occupational Education credit in your homeschool? Please share!

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Comments 13

Guest - Donna on Monday, 14 September 2009 17:36

Dear Lee,
The link above for the Sample Comprehensive Record does not work.
Also, can I give credit for volunteer community service that my 16 year old daughter does a couple days a week?
In Christ, Donna

Dear Lee, The link above for the Sample Comprehensive Record does not work. Also, can I give credit for volunteer community service that my 16 year old daughter does a couple days a week? In Christ, Donna
Guest - Lee (website) on Monday, 14 September 2009 17:45

Hi Donna,
I was able to get the link to work. Here is the address for the book: http://www.thehomescholar.com/sample-comprehensive-record.php

It's important to have volunteer hours as well, so i wouldn't use volunteer community service hours for high school credit unless it was necessary for some reason. It's valuable enough on its own :-)

Blessings,
Lee

Hi Donna, I was able to get the link to work. Here is the address for the book: http://www.thehomescholar.com/sample-comprehensive-record.php It's important to have volunteer hours as well, so i wouldn't use volunteer community service hours for high school credit unless it was necessary for some reason. It's valuable enough on its own :-) Blessings, Lee
Guest - Lisa in ME (website) on Monday, 14 September 2009 17:49

I love it! I'll keep this in mind - definitely! ;-)

I love it! I'll keep this in mind - definitely! ;-)
Guest - Julie (website) on Monday, 14 September 2009 17:53

Great idea, Lee!

Donna, you can track her hours at http://www.presidentialserviceawards.gov/ (and make sure to use them for the Congressional Award [http://www.thehomescholar.com/blog/congressional-award/375/])

Great idea, Lee! Donna, you can track her hours at http://www.presidentialserviceawards.gov/ (and make sure to use them for the Congressional Award [http://www.thehomescholar.com/blog/congressional-award/375/])
Guest - Diann in NV on Tuesday, 15 September 2009 05:16

Thanks, Lee! This just confirmed what I was already going to do this year. I know in our public school they can get a credit for work study so I figured I would count it too.

Thanks, Lee! This just confirmed what I was already going to do this year. I know in our public school they can get a credit for work study so I figured I would count it too.
Guest - Nicole S on Wednesday, 16 September 2009 10:25

Lee -

What happens when your child goes over 150 credit hours per year? Like a total of 416 hours per year? Would you count it as more than one credit and if so what to do with the remaining hours?

Nicole

Lee - What happens when your child goes over 150 credit hours per year? Like a total of 416 hours per year? Would you count it as more than one credit and if so what to do with the remaining hours? Nicole
Guest - Nicole S on Wednesday, 16 September 2009 10:28

Oh gee - I think I answered my own question. I just read your other post on "What should I put on my transcript". Ack!!

Oh gee - I think I answered my own question. I just read your other post on "What should I put on my transcript". Ack!!
Guest - dav on Sunday, 14 July 2013 12:00

what do you do if step 1 does not occur before graduation?

what do you do if step 1 does not occur before graduation?
Guest - Lee (website) on Monday, 15 July 2013 10:17

Hi Dave! Occupational Education credit may not be required in your state, the way it is in Washington State, it's just an easy way for many people to incorporate work into their high school credit. Still, it's helpful to teach a strong work ethic in our children, so they understand the importance of earning money to make a living wage for the future.
Blessings,
Lee

Hi Dave! Occupational Education credit may not be required in your state, the way it is in Washington State, it's just an easy way for many people to incorporate work into their high school credit. Still, it's helpful to teach a strong work ethic in our children, so they understand the importance of earning money to make a living wage for the future. Blessings, Lee
Guest - April on Saturday, 03 August 2013 22:14

Hi! Thank you so much for touching on this subject. But while you answered my question of "what is", you brought up another one for me. When? I too live in WA state. My kids though are 11 and under. What do I do with them for O.E.? LOL Thank you in advance!

Hi! Thank you so much for touching on this subject. But while you answered my question of "what is", you brought up another one for me. When? I too live in WA state. My kids though are 11 and under. What do I do with them for O.E.? LOL Thank you in advance! :)
Guest - April on Saturday, 03 August 2013 22:23

Oh goodness. I did a search on your page for O.E. and I read through ALL of the search results. I found an answer to my own question. O.E. just needs to be taught sometime between K and 12th. THANK YOU!

Oh goodness. I did a search on your page for O.E. and I read through ALL of the search results. I found an answer to my own question. O.E. just needs to be taught sometime between K and 12th. THANK YOU!
Guest - Brandi on Friday, 06 February 2015 04:51

This worked great for us as we finished a Personal Finance course and could then apply the concepts to REAL MONEY! Opening that first checking account, filing your taxes, all those numbers finally made sense in the real world. Also made it possible for my daughter to meet the 180 day requirement for our state for her senior year and graduate early. I would not have thought of using this as credit...so glad you suggested it in your book!

This worked great for us as we finished a Personal Finance course and could then apply the concepts to REAL MONEY! Opening that first checking account, filing your taxes, all those numbers finally made sense in the real world. Also made it possible for my daughter to meet the 180 day requirement for our state for her senior year and graduate early. I would not have thought of using this as credit...so glad you suggested it in your book!
Guest - Assistant to The HomeScholar on Friday, 06 February 2015 11:37

Way to go, Brandi!
It's wonderful when we realize that we can get credit for "real stuff"! Life skills like money management are so important! Well done.
Robin
Assistant to The HomeScholar

Way to go, Brandi! It's wonderful when we realize that we can get credit for "real stuff"! Life skills like money management are so important! Well done. Robin Assistant to The HomeScholar
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