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Is your friend homeschooling or unschooling and in need of transcripts, or is she just asking you what you'll *do about them* for your kids? If her question is about what you are doing for your kids, is it really worth your time and energy to come up with some hypothetical answer for a friend? I say no.
You may hear a variety of answers about your second question. Personally, I don't believe it's possible to unschool only a couple of topics. I'm not even sure how one would do that. Essentially, you'd be saying to your kids "I trust you to learn reading on your own, but math is so big that it's just more than you can be trusted to manage on you own" or "yes, I trust you to learn all academic subjects, but listening to your own body about sleeping or eating, or your own wisdom about friendships and entertainment is just beyond you". Are those really messages children need to hear? That we trust them to figure out one aspect of life, but not another? It's not a message I want my kids to hear from me.
My son and I are putting together a "home school portfolio" for his Berklee College of Music application. It includes a "transcript", with descriptions of things he has done as a high school age person, somewhat divided into school subjects. It is in table format, and includes no grades, just things he did, described in a moderate amount of detail- lists of books he read, sports activities, classes he attended, things he did at home, jobs, apprenticeships, etc. ...snip