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7 Smart ''Unschooling'' Tips to Practice Now — Even If Your Child Is in ''Regular'' School

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6. Credit: Document How Your Child Shines


If your child had to go to college or start on a career path tomorrow, where would he go, what would he do, and how would he show that he has what it takes? Aldrich's answer: Make a portfolio. "The future is portfolios, not transcripts," he states in his book.

Portfolios aren't just for artists or adults applying for jobs or graduate school. They're a helpful tool for students of any age, and they should contain a few pieces of work that best represent your child and what he's passionate about, Aldrich said. The contents may include references to his volunteer work in the local newspaper, awards from clubs outside of school, and photos or even video clips of him doing what he loves. Portfolios can evolve over time with your child's interests. They can really help your child stand out in a crowd and feel proud as an individual, Aldrich said.

Next: 7. [Day] Care: Evaluate Where Your Child Spends His Time

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