Homeschooling means different things to different people. Some think of homeschool as a means to teach the child all that they were taught, others want their child to decide what he or she really wants to learn and then teach them that specific topic. There are different methods that a parent can use to teach a homeschooled child. Of these unschooling is the most controversial as it leaves the progress of the education solely on the shoulders of the child being taught.
Even if a parent has the courage of conviction that the child will learn the skills he or she needs in life through unschooling, it is difficult to get away from keeping records. The state agencies which watch over homeschooling families need to be presented with some form of records that mark the progress of the child over the school year. For those parents following the child led unschooling method of teaching it can be difficult to come up with homeschool records.
After all it is not possible to plan a child’s day when using unschooling, the child decides what he wants to learn on a day to day basis and the parent then follows suit. So how does the parent keep track of just what was done and satisfy the state authorities? Here’s how they can probably keep track of what the child is learning and satisfy the need for records without going crazy over neat and tidy notations on a day to day basis.
Keep a daily sheet for all the work that the child has covered for your own reference. This will be easy to write down and file. Then use these details to make a formal record for the state authorities. The simplest way would be to make a progress sheet per subject on which you mark out all the topics that need to be covered as per the state curriculum. Now add a column for date, and write down when it was covered. Add another column for a grade if you wish to highlight the proficiency of the child in the topic. Repeat it for all the academic subjects the child has covered.