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HI,<br>
I looked up if there was a similar question like this but didn't find the answer I was looking for. I think we are in the spectrum of US a tad bit more than HS. We don't have a set daily schedule for academics although ds has a few workbooks he does in addition to his voluntary reading and my read alouds. Our life has been busy with moving and having to care for a baby, I tell him to do more independent work. (I do try to include him with daily life).<br>
He loves reading but doesn't like writing or too much math. He said he is bored within 10 minutes.<br>
My DS is turning 8 next month, We did my 1st year evals done last year with portfolio as a 1st grader (in FL). I was wondering how do you keep record/portfolio or mandatory evaluations done annually with your unschooling style/schedule?<br>
Also is it better to be registered with a umbrella school when unschooling/homeschooling?<br>
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I don't know if this is an answer you're looking for, but these guides <a href="http://www.fun-books.com/books/living_is_learning_guides.htm" target="_blank">http://www.fun-books.com/books/livin...ing_guides.htm</a> were created to help with the portfolio process.<br><br>
Here's the description from the webpage:<br><br>
These guides are put together by Nancy Plent, founder of the Unschoolers Network in New Jersey and a long-time homeschooler. She reviewed the scope and sequence charts and curriculum guides of dozens of schools in various states, then combined the highest standards of elements from each to create these guides. Why purchase these curriculum guides? 1) They may help you to fulfill your state's legal requirement to provide an educational plan 2) They allow you to see some of the highest standards for schools at various grade levels, just in case you are curious about what the schools expect or are anxious about what you are doing 3) They provide record-keeping space that can help organize a portfolio.<br><br>
Besides providing a checklist under each subject, Nancy offers suggestions on how to translate real-life experience into curricula goals. She also lists resources from a variety of companies. Each guide covers two or more grade levels. The first four are in comb binding, while the high school guide is in a 3-ring binder.
 

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Whether it's better to be registered with an umbrella school will depend on your state and on your particular needs and desires. Where I live it is easier not to be registered, but by being registered and going through the reporting process that is required by the umbrella school we get access to a not-insignificant hunk of money to fund educational expenses.<br><br>
I'm just completing the Annual Review process with my three umbrella school kids this week. Throughout the year I have created regular narrative reports, accompanied by photos and videos where relevant, documenting the kids' "aha! moments," their experiences, their passions, their creative output, the things they've chosen to spend their time at. These are done journal-style, and excerpts from them get sorted into subject areas using a copy & paste approach. It's all done in electronic format due to our umbrella school's system, but I would prefer that in any event, because it makes copy/paste stuff easy and keeps the clutter down!<br><br>
In any given week their lives might have seemed "educationally unbalanced," but taken as a 34-week learning year it all seems to even out. For example, while my kids might not offer up written work on a daily basis (<-- understatement!) there's bound to be something over the course of the year that I scan / photograph / copy & paste that shows that they are indeed making progress with written language. This year my 13-year-old's "evidence" of written language progress was his facebook profile, a wry, witty snippet of text which happened to demonstrate his much-improved spelling and punctuation.<br><br>
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I unschooled in Fl for several years and can tell you that an umbrella school set up for unschooling is definitely the way to go. Google "Florida Unschoolers" and you should come up with an umbrella school by that name as well as a social site for meeting other unschoolers in the state. Umbrella schools in Fl are required only to report "attendance" and so those set up for unschooling require only that. Others require more because they want to...<br><br>
Lots of Fl unschoolers do the evaluation route, though. If you want to keep track of what your child does and put it all together for an evaluator, then you just need to find an unschool-friendly one. There are several, as far as I know-- just find other unschoolers in your area and ask them (the social site can help with that).<br><span style="font-size:xx-small;"><i>Posted via Mobile Device</i></span>
 

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We live in a state that makes it easy to homeschool, and no portfolio or evaluation is required, but we test annually for our own information. I know what my kids know, but not what is standard, and I like to know that I can sign my kids up for a class and that they would have the expected skills. The test we do is an hour, and is kind of interesting for the kids (they wouldn't choose to do it every day, but they don't hate it.)<br><br>
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What kind of tests and where do you get them?
 

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It's the Peabody aka (P.I.A.T.)-- I don't get the test, it can only be given by a trained assessor. There's a wonderful homeschool mom in the area who has a business doing these assessments.
 

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We unschool in Florida.<br><br>
We have chosen to go through an online private/umbrella school to eliminate the headache of having to keep very "schooly" style records.<br><br>
As a former elementary school teacher and the wife of a high school teacher/college adjunct instructor I'm pretty confident in our ability to over see the kids progress without having to test, test, test and document, document, document. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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We're in the same program as moominmamma. I actually enjoy the reporting because it gives me something to look back on and guage progress when I'm having a crisis of faith, lol. Also it gives something schoolish to show the concerned family members. And I value the relationship we have with our Learning Consultant, who provides some neat insights into how my kids' minds work, etc. I'll admit, the money is a big draw too. And being part of a community online has many benefits.
 
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