This is the first part in a series on how I am putting together our homeschool portfolio for evaluation this year. This is our first year completing one, and I haven't found a lot of information out there, so I am hoping this is useful to others out there!
While we have been homeschooling for a while, this will be the first year that I will put together a homeschool portfolio.
I am happy that Maine offers this option when it comes to evaluating the progress of homeschool students. In Maine we have a few different options, but the main ones are a standardized test or to put together a homeschool portfolio to be reviewed by a Maine licensed teacher.
The scrapbooker in me immediately wanted to do the homeschool portfolio.
As the time gets closer for me to actually put the portfolio together, I am getting a bit more nervous. Trying to figure out what I should include in a portfolio is slightly overwhelming. In all honesty, I would like to give someone the box that holds everything we have done this year so far and say go at it! Of course that isn’t how it works.
What is the first step when creating a homeschool portfolio?
For me the first step is to gather supplies. There are many ways that you can put together a homeschool portfolio, so if you don’t like my ideas, no big deal, do what works for you! However, I have been spending a lot of time online trying to find examples of homeschool portfolios, and I have come up empty. I hope that my ideas help spark some for you!
What supplies will I need?
· 3 Ring Binder
· Sheet protectors
· 4x4 picture inserts
Not a very long list! Obviously this list does not include what I plan to put in the binder as far as school work goes, but these are the basic supplies I will need to put the portfolio together.
I wanted to use a pretty yet durable binder, because I know that we will be keeping this for the length of Emma’s school career. I love the greenroom binders from Target. They are pretty, yet functional. The one I have is 1.5 inches, and I think that will be plenty of space for what I want to include. As the years go on I will probably have to increase the binder size, but considering Emma is just 7, this one should suffice.
The dividers I picked up also at Target in the dollar spot. I need the dividers for each of the subject areas required by my state, as well as a few extra sections that I plan to include.
My purpose in getting 4”x4” picture holders is because I tend to take pictures of the kids “doing school” on Instagram. Often when we are out and about it is easier to snap a picture of something rather than take out a notebook and jot down a bunch of notes. I love to have these pictures for my own personal albums anyways, so why not include some of them for school. I tend to tag all of my pictures of the kids homeschool activities with #homeschooling which makes finding the pictures I want relatively easy. I can upload them right to snapfish from my phone using their app, order and done. Super easy!
After I gather up all of my supplies, the next step is to figure out how I want to lay everything out, and of course what I plan to include in the portfolio. I will share those things as I put the portfolio together! This is just the first step in, what I see as, a longish process.
Do you put together a portfolio of your child’s work from the school year as a keepsake, or as a homeschool portfolio for review? I would love to see what your supplies are!