Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: In the middle of nowhere, at the centre of everything.
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Our unschooling-friendly umbrella school creates progress reports for each child two or three times a year. They are just collections of observations (reported anecdotally to the "teacher" by me) pulled together with some educationese and grouped (approximately) by subject area. Here are some quotes to give you an idea of the tone and content. The first is from my 13yo's "Language Arts" subject area, the latter from the "Learning to Learn" section of my 7yo's report:
"Progress in languaging is noted specifically in the following areas and activities:
Viewing classic films, discovering and recalling references to them throughout the media, literature and popular culture.
Developing and improving own style in handwriting. Finding a comfortable approach to practicing cursive handwriting skills.
Developing understanding of and ability to use second languages through practicing (Portuguese, Zulu, Latin, French, Italian and other languages) choral pieces in his World Music youth choir.
Demonstrates understanding of nuances of the English language by participating in word games and riddles with family members."
"Specific highlights of developing skills and knowledge include the following:
Took on responsibility with home-alone time, completing expectation lists.
Dove into practice in piano playing and demonstrated enjoyment in the challenge of new learning techniques.
Continued to practice and polish piano pieces despite a break in lessons over the holidays.
Faced challenges with violin and found ways to overcome them with the help of her mother.
Completed Level 3 Math workbook. Challenged herself with multiplication drills and practiced difficult equations.
Expressing thoughts and feelings in a healthy, respectful manner.
Learning science through curiosity and inquiry. Through asking her mom and using technology, Fiona found answers to her science questions, then relayed them to her siblings in subsequent discussion.
Consistently demonstrates confidence and enthusiasm in new tasks and moving forward in her learning goals. She enjoys structuring her time to work on all areas of learning."
Hope that gives you a little insight into one possible style of reporting.
Mountain mama to two great kids and two great grown-ups