Not all states require homeschool parents to keep a portfolio of their child’s work. In fact, when I checked online today, only 12 out of 50 states require a portfolio. Our homeschool state does require us to send a letter of intent at the beginning of the school year and also keep a portfolio which is reviewed twice a year.
Last year during my first official homeschool year I was terrified about the portfolio. Right before my review I had to scramble to get everything together. The stress from my first review was overwhelming. So if you have anxiety about keeping and sharing your homeschool portfolio, I’ve been there. However, this year I was determined to be on top of my game and prepare well in advance. I also get my two students to help keep all of their completed work in one place.
The best advice I can give a homeschool parent is to start preparing before hand, the earlier you start the less stress you will have later.
What do you need to start your homeschool portfolio?
- 3-ring binder with pockets ( You can use a 1″ for each semester or a 3″ for the entire year)
- A hole puncher
- A printer (wireless makes printing easy. With my HP printer I can print even while I am away from home)
- Page dividers for each subject
- Reading Log
- Field trip Log
- Sample schedule/attendance log
- Sheet protectors (optional)
- A stapler/paper clips (optional)
Portfolio Organization Instructions
Organize your student’s portfolio according to the subjects your state requires you to teach. At the end of all the required add the subjects you also teach but are not required by your state. If your state provides you with a Homeschooling Portfolio Review Worksheet, which lists your student’s subjects, materials, utilized, and concepts completed then write down the name of each subject on the dividers and add them in the same order so that the reviewer from your state’s education office will easily be able to see which assignments were completed.
Everyday after you grade and review your child’s work add their completed assignments and worksheets in their portfolio under the correct tab. Also Take a few pictures to include in your portfolio when written work is not relevant.
In the front of the book add your child’s:
- Sample daily work schedule
- Reading Log
- Field trip log
- Assignments separated by subject dividers.
If you are using Classical Conversations for your homeschool curriculum, each week I share the visual materials I create for my students based on the Foundations guide. Unfortunately, I do not have these printables created in advance, so if you’re able to go ahead and create future materials for the upcoming week, please feel free to share your materials with me as well. If you are a part of CC, join CC connected and printables for weekly lessons will be available to you. CC connected is $6/month for community members and $60/month for non-community members.
Reader Response: Please share any of your own tips that you use to help you prepare your classroom portfolio for your children.
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