Children who are unschooled to not receive the standard American “Report Card” because they are not tested or graded on any specific subject, unless they choose to be. This can cause challenges for unschool families as they attempt to gain recognition and understanding from the community regarding their children’s academic journey.
Today, Dayna Martin, author of Radical Unschooling, posted an example of how parents can build their children’s esteem while gaining support for their lifestyle in the community. She gave her children report cards that were “graded” on Happiness, Contentment, Self Love, Fulfillment, Passion, and Freedom. They took those report cards to Chuck E Cheese to participate in a Tokens for Report Cards program, and they accepted them!
I feel like this is something I want to periodically grade myself on and a really fun way to play off the “mainstream” way of doing things.
Here the photo and caption she posted on FaceBook:
“THIS is how Report Cards SHOULD look!
I brought this in to Chuck E Cheese’s (one for each of my children) to see if they would honor the “tokens for A’s” deal that they were running. THEY DID!! I was so happy that they were open-minded enough to respect how we choose to “grade” our children in life. If you are an Unschooler – try this! It was an awesome experience and my children felt so respected as Radical Unschoolers.”