Thursday, May 26, 2011

Portfolios

Portfolios are a great way to assess your child's educational growth each year.  In some states they are even required for homeschooling.  If so or if you're unsure, you should check with your local department of education before beginning.  You'll want to do this because some spell out specific documentation needed each year for submission.  Once you are aware of your requirements, if any, you can begin the fun task of creating your child's portfolio!

There are several things that could be displayed in your child's portfolio to demonstrate academic progress.  These include, but are not limited to, tests and grades, sample work, pictures of projects and/or field trips, certificates earned, reading lists, field trip lists, lists of learning objectives, and notes from instructors.  Be sure to include items from each subject.

After compiling what you would like to include you can decide how you want to showcase your portfolio.  You can begin simply with a three-ring binder separated into subjects.  You will want to display each subjects work in chronological order  to show progress.  I personally enjoy scrapbooking, but have very little time to do it.  The portfolio provides me with an opportunity to bring out my creative side and delve a little into scrapbooking.  Keep in mind that in my state, we are not required to maintain portfolios. I still maintain a portfolio just in case we move to an area that requires one and mainly because I enjoy reliving the moments spent with my children!

Here are a few samples from one of our portfolios:

1. Educational field trip photos:



2. Language arts:

3. History:



4. Math:


5. Science:


Here are a few more resources I found online with information on creating portfolios:

http://donnayoung.org/forms/planners/portfolio.htm
http://homeschooling.about.com/od/recportfolios/Records_Portfolios..htm


 I hope you have found this information useful. Let me know what you think.  Also let me know if there are any other topics you would like to discuss.

Peace and blessings,

Dorcus

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