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Homeschooling Vs. Unschooling

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I've been wanting to homeschool for years but I've always been afraid I don't have the patience to deal with it honestly... I'm really trying to find out as much about both as possible to figure out if this is the right step for my children... I'm a single mother but I work from home and can make my own schedule as to when I want to work. My son is 9 and has ADHD, he has a hard time with reading but I just can't tell if he hates school or not... My daughter is 6 but she is developmentally delayed of a preschoolers mentality and has an IEP in place.... We live in Central Florida, now can someone please explain the difference of these two things to me... If you unschool can your child have a diploma or is it a GED? I guess the same question can be asked for Homeschooling as well... 

by on Jan. 25, 2013 at 9:36 PM
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by on Apr. 7, 2014 at 10:42 AM
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In most states a homeschool parent is legally able to issue a diploma and transcripts. There is really no reason for a homeschooler to label themselves as a dropout by taking the GED when they are legally homeschooled and have legal options to receive a diploma..

by Welcome Squad on Apr. 20, 2014 at 9:23 AM

Hi.  Don't know what the requirements are in FL, but here in SC we have several options.  I am using a 3rd option umbrella group and I report my attendance and a review to them yearly.  At the end of 10th grade (this year), they will for a nominal fee, compile my dd transcript and she will receive a diploma.  We are in our humble opinion, ioho, unschoolers.  However, many unschoolers disagree with us and say at most, we are relaxed schoolers, because we do use some curriculum.  We do so, because that is what my dd has chosen to do.  There are as many ways to homeschool as there are ways to parent.  Your children are still young and you can learn as you go.  There are many resources online that can help you as well.  The 1st thing is to know the requirements of your state.

by Welcome Squad on Apr. 20, 2014 at 9:10 PM
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I don't think unschooling looks the same in elementary compared to high school.

I am not an unschooler, but some I know are using curriculum in older grades. However, it is still all student led. The student picks and chooses and is fully in charge of their educational career. Parent is solely there to encourage.

Quoting sepiasunfury:

I'm new to this as well. But as far as I know, anyone can try to get their GED once they are old enough. Unschooling children who want or need a diploma for a job or a college application go and get their GED when they are ready. I heard someone mention somewhere that there might be some very flexible online schools or groups that will give your child a transcript with grades but could be flexible enough to work with an unschooling philosophy.  Perhaps they offer a diploma? Anyone know? Now I'm getting way out of my depth.

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