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From: Jennifer (
Subject:         Re: want to Unschooling
Date: April 28, 2008 at 9:01 am PST

In Reply to: want to Unschooling posted by Lisa on April 13, 2008 at 8:02 am:

There are quite a few computer games that allow kids to just play, but then parents can sign in and review how their kids are doing and even print out progress reports. It may be worthwhile to get some of those games and print the records for the portfolio.

Take pictures of play that can be considered educational, projects, reading, field trips, etc. Then, take the time you would have spent on workbook work and write explainations to go with the pictures and include it all in the portfolio.

Also, you should encourage your son to write down books that he finishes reading. Let him know about the requirements of the state and say the list is one way to keep from having to do worksheets. Obviously he will need some help with at least remembering to write the books on the list, and you can write down some as you see him reading as well (he will tell you if he didn't finish a certain one).

We do not have those kinds of rules in Oregon, so I may be off on what your state will accept, but I have heard of the above suggestions working in states that require a portfolio. It actually is not a bad idea to do anyway, because some colleges like to see a portfolio as evidence that the child was "schooled" in some sense, and it can be fun later to look back on what you have done together in previous years. Instead of a portfolio in that instance it can be more like a scrapbook/yearbook :)

Good Luck!

Unschooling mom of 6 for 7 years and counting

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