Unschooling Mom 2 Mom

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Course of Study: elementary School Age

Pam Sorooshian | Learning Happens

A sample of the language some parents need to meet requirements for their state evaluations (All states do NOT have this, so check with locals)

So, You'd Like to See Some
REAL Transcripts? 

Sample High School Transcript

Pam Sorooshian | Learning Happens

Pam shares a non-traditional approach to creating transcripts for her daughters.

Unschooling Transcripts

Sue Patterson | SuePatterson.com

Sue shares how she translated real life into a traditional educational format for two of her children. These transcripts were used to enter community college and cosmetology school.

Unschoolers and Record Keeping

Sue Patterson

Sue reminds readers of a variety of ways we can record everyday life happenings: Journals, scrapbooking, blogging, saving brochures, filling in calendars, after-the-fact recording, even Pinterest! Don't limit yourself to dry schoolish recording tools.

Cautionary Note:

Most unschoolers do NOT need to provide extensive (or any!) record-keeping to be legally homeschooling. For those states that require it, this collection will be helpful. 
However, continuing to rely on breaking Life into subjects though, will slow down your deschooling process.

Maine Homeschooling Ideas and Resources

Laurie Wolfram

A variety of record-keeping options here for meeting legal requirements in the state of Maine.

Portfolio Summary

Noor's Blog

Showing you CAN unschool even in places that require heavy documentation. Learning does not occurs in neat little segregated boxes or separate from life with special set-aside time devoted to it. However, for the purpose of this blog, Brie categorized the learning that happens naturally in our daily life by the specific subjects required by Pennsylvania's home education laws.

Adapted from Parent at the Helm, Linda Dobson
Teachers are taught how to use educational verbiage ​to describe everyday activity.
If your state requires reporting, now you can too! 
Daily Activity              Educational Language
Trip to the LibraryResearch Instruction
Silent Sustained Reading
Resource Identification


(depending on grocery,
building supply, etc.)

Consumer Math
Health & Hygiene Instruction      


Consumer Education

Time and Money              

Support Group
Meeting/Get Together
Socialization Development
Playing Outside

Low-Organized Physical Education

Interesting Family Outing
(even if it's on the weekend

- you can still call any day
a school day)

Educational Field Trip

Resource Field Trip in conjunction with
________ (subject of interest)

Arts & Crafts

Manipulative Construction relating to ________ (name the subject)

Family Chores

Manual Arts

Home Economics

Time-on-Task Development

Values Education

Legos, K'nex,
Building Blocks

Building Critical Thinking

Small Motor Skill Development



Science: Botany

Child Learning to be Brave

Quantitative, Contributive Sociological Development

Dentist Visit

Health, Occupational Education

Kicking Around a Soccer Ball


Geometry: Angles, Estimates

Critical Thinking

Large Motor Skills

Zoo Field Trip

Map Reading

PE - walking

Reading/Narrating (read and observe)

Science - Study of Mammals, Birds, Aquatic, etc.

Art - Drawing the animals

Nature Walk
(collecting and identifying
from book/iPad)




Reading the newspaper

Social Studies

Current Events



4-H Activities

Social Studies



Animal Husbandry

Language Arts

Bicycling, skating, sledding


Talking with Grandma about
her life experiences

Human Anatomy/Physiology

Playing Monopoly



TV Documentaries
TLC, Animal Planet, PBS,
Health or Cooking Channels,
 National Geographic, etc. 




Social Sciences

Any book, movie or situation where  the parent is involved,
discussing why people did certain things,
what was happening in the world, etc.





​Get creative!

Educationese for Beginners

Linda Dobson

Some states require that parents record what their child is learning. This article is in response to the question, "What DO your kids do all day?"

Unschooling Curriculum

Sandra Dodd's Collection

If a family lives somewhere that requires their unschooled life be translated into educational language, several unschoolers have offered a variety of ways to do this.

Record Keeping

Homeschoolers spend a lot of time assigning and recording grades. But since unschoolers do not divide their life into subjects, this typical schoolish activity simply doesn't mesh. Many ways exist to demonstrate that a child is learning.

Consider these:

  • Journaling about their lives
  • Photo journals
  • Scrapbooking
  • Blogging about the family's adventures
  • Writing activities down after the fact in a planner or on a calendar
  • Pinterest boards can record cool things you've done, read, seen, explored

Record Keeping for Unschoolers

Pam Sorooshian

Pam has shared this list since the 1990's of ways unschoolers can record learning without resorting to characterizing the information by school subjects.