So I had been talking about a virtual school I use called Grey School of Wizardry. It’s not an accredited high school replacement, but my family uses it as part of my lesson plans because we can. I wanted to say a little bit more about that since I know people tend to hear “wizard school” and think I’m playing Pottermore and calling it school.
- Technomagick 100: Internet Safety: What computer dimensions course at a high school wouldn’t want students to take a course in online safety? This class unto itself is not a complete course on computers, but it functions nicely as a unit on safe computer use. I think it would be more useful for younger students than it was for me but it covers things like avoiding computer viruses, not clicking those bad e-mail links, and avoiding giving strangers too much information. I think for a homeschool student, all of that is pretty important since if you’re anything like me you’re on a computer a lot.
- Magical Etiquette: This course is required for all Grey School students. While it doesn’t do a whole lot in terms of supplementing a homeschool curriculum, it’s not too deadly either.
- Blessings of Bragi: An Introduction to Myth and Legend: So far in this course, assignments have dealt with identifying central themes and archetypes in various mythological short stories. For the final project, we will be working on creating stories that place ancient myths in modern, secular settings. This actually at least partially fits with one of the Common Core requirements for English in my state which requires that students learn to recognize themes and archetypes both in myths and in modern literature.
- Safety and Herb Use: This course involves studying the medicinal and magical uses of different herbs as well as researching a poisonous herb to help you understand that natural =/= safe in all cases.
- Wizards of History 101: Archaic: This course is currently requiring me to research life in Ancient Egypt. It begins with a story about wizards/magical practitioners who lived then and then asks the student to read up about the world where those people were living.
- Mathemagicks 101: This course has an assignment that talks about the spiritual purpose behind the pyramid shape. For that assignment, I researched one of the Tikal pyramids and wrote a short essay about the Great Jaguar.
- Astrology: Introduction to Popular Signs: This may not seem terribly educational but it places focus on learning about different cultures and different systems of astrology. Comparing and contrasting Celtic practices, Native practices, Chinese practices, and “Western” ones is interesting.
- Core Energy Practices 101: This course is the only one that feels really “magic-y.” The two core energy courses are the ones that get into meditation and energy work, but they don’t require any specific religious beliefs.
This is not all I’m doing for school, but it is very interesting for me to see how some of these courses tie into one another. For example, the pyramids assignment for Mathemagicks provided a good paper topic for my regular social studies course on Education Portal.