report for homeschooling. Each state has
different laws and requirements. In
Maine we have the option of putting together a portfolio for a Maine certified
teacher to assess. I knew that when I
saw that option, I would definitely do that for my kids. But, how do you stay organized when there is
so much work done throughout the year?!
incredible challenge. I definitely err
on the side of caution and keep a lot of *stuff* I’m not sure needs to be
kept. This is my first year really
putting together a portfolio for my oldest, and I want to make sure that I have
a lot of examples to choose from when compiling her portfolio.
with a workbook, I keep the whole workbook.
When I go to put together the portfolio, I will be able to take out a
few examples from each unit and include them in the portfolio package. For handwriting, the same type of deal, we
have a workbook that we go through, and you can clearly see that she has made
“progress” by how her handwriting improves – these are the easy subjects
worksheets and research, but what do you keep?
How do you record it?
walks, our science experiments, the art projects and even the yoga that we do
for Physical Education, it helps in demonstrating what our homeschool year
actually looks like. Plus, this way,
everyone has a pretty scrapbook at the end of the year that shows all that has
with my notes from my weekly planningsheets, will help to convey the message of what we have done for the year
to the teacher who evaluates my children’s work.
aloud, also a list of books that my daughter read herself; as well as any
extracurricular activities that the kids were involved in.
school. There isn’t an hourly
requirement, but we do need to show that we have completed 175 days. It isn’t as difficult as it seems, I make up
a calendar, and check off every day that we do some type of school. It helps that we school year round.
their learning. I think all of these are
important aspects of a good homeschool portfolio. Will there be changes and additions over the
year? I’m sure there will be, remember
this is just our first year compiling a portfolio.
A LOT of papers. What a great way to
keep track of it by putting it into a portfolio for your child as a
keepsake. If you don’t want to keep all
the papers (I don’t blame you, there seems to always be so.much.paper), take
pictures of your favorite pieces, and involve your child in the decision process. What do they want to keep? What was most important to them?
for your child for homeschool evaluations?
What other information would you keep?