Unschooling Mom 2 Mom
Your Children. Their Learning. Your relationship with them. Things that really matter.
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
Pam shares a non-traditional approach to creating transcripts for her daughters.
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.
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.
A variety of record-keeping options here for meeting legal requirements in the state of Maine.
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.
|Daily Activity||Educational Language|
|Trip to the Library||Research Instruction|
Silent Sustained Reading
(depending on grocery,
Time and Money
|Support Group |
Interesting Family Outing
- you can still call any day
Educational Field Trip
Resource Field Trip in conjunction with
|Arts & Crafts|
|Legos, K'nex, |
Building Critical Thinking
Small Motor Skill Development
|Child Learning to be Brave|
Quantitative, Contributive Sociological Development
Health, Occupational Education
|Kicking Around a Soccer Ball|
Geometry: Angles, Estimates
Large Motor Skills
|Zoo Field Trip|
PE - walking
Reading/Narrating (read and observe)
Science - Study of Mammals, Birds, Aquatic, etc.
Art - Drawing the animals
(collecting and identifying
|Reading the newspaper|
|Bicycling, skating, sledding|
|Talking with Grandma about|
her life experiences
TLC, Animal Planet, PBS,
Health or Cooking Channels,
National Geographic, etc.
|Any book, movie or situation where the parent is involved, |
discussing why people did certain things,
what was happening in the world, etc.
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.
Pam has shared this list since the 1990's of ways unschoolers can record learning without resorting to characterizing the information by school subjects.
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