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Child-led learning advocate parents interested in sharing resources, news, and ideas that fall WAY OUTSIDE the classroom. We focus solely on informal learning, unschooling, and other non-traditional learning environments and leave traditional classroom issues for others. If you’re like-minded, join the discussion or contribute an article!

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  1. We are new to Home Schooling but not home learning! I am thrilled to have my 13-year-old out of the public system where he was frustrated, bored and outcast, but I am afraid I will fail in keeping track of his learning progress. I love the idea of Eclectic or even Unschooling styles. Loved your personal size white board idea, but how do you guys document when quizzes are done white board style or assessments done in conversation? I let my son teach me the material much of the time, it just works better for him to be in the drivers seat – what are your testing & record keeping methods?

    • Lisa,
      Our philosophy for homeschooling is simple. We build our lessons around our son’s interests. We put a lot of effort into making each lesson fun. The fun comes from project-based learning that incorporates multiple subjects at once. As for documenting, we don’t use the personal-sized white board exclusively, so we still end up with plenty of documentation. However, there are tons of ways to document progress besides tests and quizzes, in fact, other than spelling and math, we don’t use formal quizzes much. We work with our homeschooler to update his blog. He posts poems he writes, posts about field trips, summarizes books he reads, and expresses his thoughts on world issues, etc. Also, we create simple educational videos where he is in charge of content and is learning the technology at the same time. Daily, we record books used, lesson outcomes, subjects addressed, etc. In a bound notebook. Additionally, we keep an accordian file of written material, including art work, writing assignments, diagrams, spelling, etc.

      Don’t forget about all of the activities and organizations, etc. open to homeschoolers. Achievement in theatre, orchestra, sports, robotics, art shows, and more are really great ways to highlight progress in a homeschool program.

      Have fun!

  2. Hi, do you know of good links for homeschool tools/video/lessons online? WIth all this stuff out there, we should be able to connect and share the neat finds. I found Itunes U, and just got an itouch. We have 2 laptops the kids bought for themselves, but I need better web learning sites. History channel, and others charge fees. Any ideas?
    dewayne holcomb

    • Dewayne,

      Depending on your kids interests and ages, there are tons of online video sites, lessons, etc. to choose from. Although I have posted bits and pieces about specific resources, I haven’t done a ’round-up’ of resources. I will create a post to highlight them and send you the link. Good luck — it sounds like you are all on the right path.

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