You’re getting ready for a new school year and you’re looking forward to everything but … having to keep records and create a portfolio. This year, to your homeschool portfolios, add some photos and fun!
How do you know what to include in your portfolio? There are many resources available online as well as in books. Your local homeschool support group Moms can also help. Another option is to find a certified teacher (ask your local homeschool support group for recommendations) who is willing to do evaluations for your child or children at the end of the year. Ask him or her for suggestions. What would he or she like to see in a portfolio? What is helpful?
Over the next few posts, I’ll share some of the portfolio organization tips that I have used over the years. I’ll start with one of my favorite – a photo album/scrapbook.
When my daughter was young, she was very shy. I didn’t think she would even talk at her Kindergarten evaluation. However, as part of our documentation, we had created a separate scrapbook with photos, memorabilia, and short “reports” about some of the field trips and activities we had done during the year. When we began the evaluation, I suggested the evaluator look at the scrapbook first. It was perfect! Emily quickly became engaged and the evaluation went smoothly.
Your scrapbook can be made very simply using a 3-ring binder. Include photos, brochures and papers received at the field trip or activity, memorabilia, and a short description written by or dictated to you by your child. This is a great way to remember everything you’ve done during the year and to get your children involved in the process.
Here are some things you may need
Paper (Copy paper is OK but you may want to use sturdier and/or colored paper.)
Hole punch Pen and pencil
Crayons, colored pencils, and/or markers
Tape or glue
Snack and sandwich size Ziploc bags for smaller items
Craft supplies (fabric, tissue or wrapping paper, feathers, ribbon, glitter, google eyes, etc.)
Story paper (Print your own!)
Primary rule paper has 3 blue/red lines with a middle dashed line. It can be printed in color or in black and white.
Primary 1.125” Rule Portrait — Primary 1.125” Rule Landscape
Primary 0.625 Rule Portrait — Primary 0.625 Rule Landscape
Primary 0.5” Rule Portrait — Primary 0.5” Rule Landscape
Wide Rule Portrait — Wide Rule Landscape
College Rule Portrait — College Rule Landscape
Let me know if you would like other sizes!