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

A 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.

How DO Unschoolers Keep Records?

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.

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.

MAINE HOMESCHOOLING IDEAS AND RESOURCES
LAURIE WOLFRAM

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

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?”

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.

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.

COURSE OF STUDY: ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AGE
PAM SOROOSHIAN

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)

Learn More

QUICK FACTS ABOUT HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMAS

  • Parents interpret their unschooled teen’s lives into an educational framework and then can create a diploma themselves.
  • Google “Homeschool Diploma Template” and you will find examples and templates to use, if needed.
  • States vary in what is needed to enter a community college – some require diplomas while others do not.
  • Colleges vary in what they are looking for in a high school diploma. Usually, what they’re really asking for is a transcript. If your teen is interested in attended a particular school, go to their website and see what course requirements they want to see on a diploma.
  • Local and state support groups are a great resource for what is required in your state (states vary)
  • Unschooled teens do not have to wrap everything up at the arbitrary age of 18, just to have a diploma.
    Relax. There is no deadline.
  • If you are concerned about how to translate a full unschooled life into transcript language, contact Wes Beach or Sue Patterson for working with them privately.

Some who love to make lists find the Notes app on their phones to be handy tools. In this sample, one of our group members uses it to help remind the kids how they are learning all the time. The A, B, and N designations are for each child.

Some who love to make lists, find that keeping track in Notes on their phone is a painless recordkeeping tool. In this sample, A, B, and N are her children's names.
Some who love to make lists, find that keeping track in Notes on their phone is a painless recordkeeping tool. In this sample, A, B, and N are her children’s names.

See sample high school transcripts from

Pam Sorooshian and Sue Patterson

 

. . . More about Unschoolers and College Admissions

Writing for Academia

Sometimes unschoolers need to translate their every day life into subjects or educational jargon for evaluators, records, or maybe even to calm their own fears. We have a PDF with examples of how this can work. Don’t panic – it’s easy!


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