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From: Sherry (
Subject:         Unschooling Diplomas and Transcripts Somebody please help!
Date: April 22, 2007 at 9:51 am PST

Okay, My hubby really wants my son to have a "real" diploma and a transcript incase he ever decides to go to college. How do I go about making one? Is there forms somewhere and do colleges accept these so called "Mommy diplomas" (not my choice of words, but that's what I've heard them called). There is a place (they call it a school, but it's a place where homeschoolers can either complete 80 hrs. on a subject or complete a textbook from head to toe to count it as a credit)where they keep track of credits for you and when you complete the state of Maine requirements for a diploma, the school issues you a state of Maine diploma from this school. There is no actual attendance required. You homeschool with the books or unit studies that you want and when you meet the 80 hrs or complete the book, you send in the portfolio of any work done at the end of the year. This sounds great and all, but they want proof of everything. If he reads a novel, he would have to write a report on the bookor answer questions, written down. Doesn't that take away the love of reading? If he figures some math in the store or helps me with the checkbook, they need proof. Some things are easy to prove, like phys. ed. My kids take riding lessons and receipts are considered proof. But, somethings are hard to prove. I really don't want to go through this school as it will force him to learn in a way that is not pleasant nor natural for him. And unschooling is sometime hard to prove. Unless he writes alot of essays to prove what he has learned. Please anyone out there who has been through this? I really want to continue to unschool him, but I don't want him to resent me 10 years down the road, because he doesn't have a "real" diploma or "real" transcripts. Thanks to anyone in advance!

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