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HOW TO DOCUMENT INTEREST-LED LEARNING

In the second part of this series, you learned how to start your interest-led learning journey. In this final post, you will learn how to create a thorough record for your student that you can use to create review presentations or transcripts.


HOW TO DOCUMENT INTEREST-LED LEARNING

To ensure compliance with homeschool regulations for reviews or to create transcripts, you will need to know how to document your student’s interest-led activities.

Here are some steps you can take to ensure you have a thorough record:

  • Take lots of pictures. Whenever your student produces a project or attends a field trip, take pictures, and save them in a folder on your phone or computer.

  • Keep a journal. Write down what your student does during each homeschool day. I use an electronic notebook (OneNote, EverNote) to record each completed task and assignment, and keep links to videos and other resources handy.

  • Have your student report what they learn. At the end of each project, unit study, or field trip, you can have your child document what they learned by writing or typing a report. It doesn’t need to be lengthy, just a summary to practice communication skills, use as an assessment, and to provide documentation to submit for review.

  • Seek the help of a homeschool mentor or coach to help you create transcripts for high school.

Since incorporating interest-led learning into my family’s homeschool, I have watched my children grow exponentially and start to take charge of their own education. With some open mindedness and creativity, you can foster a love of learning in your children. A YouTube obsession can inspire future filmmakers, directors, and producers. A penchant for sweets can become a career as a pastry chef or chocolatier.

As I have stepped back to allow my children to take hold of their education, I have watched them step up and shine.


For more information on interest-led learning, I highly recommend the book Homeschool Gone WILD: Inspired Learning Through Living by Karla Marie Williams, which you can find on Amazon. Karla is a homeschooling mother of six, homeschool mentor, child advocate, international speaker and author.


Author Bio: Kathryn Charles is a homeschooling mom of four and content creator. You can find her on www.momlifeonpurpose.com, where she writes about living a life of purpose over perfection. You can also find her on YouTube at Mom Life on Purpose.

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