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Organizing a Homeschool Portfolio

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Whether or not your state requires homeschool assessment it is a good idea to keep a record of your child’s schoolwork each year. One way to do this is by keeping a portfolio. Homeschool portfolios can be as in depth or simple as you want to make them.

Step 1: Choose a binder large enough to hold your child’s work. For many this will need to be at least 1 ½”. If you are not going to be including Math or Grammar samples due to having them somewhere else (like a workbook), you can get by with a little smaller.

Step 2: Purchase tabbed dividers and filler paper to organize your child’s homeschool portfolio.

Step 3: Decide how to organize the portfolio. Are you going to divide it up by subject, month, season, or quarter? How you divide it up is ultimately up to you.

Step 4: Include important documents like your homeschool approval letter (if you have one), a list of curriculum used, and a sample school calendar. This should all go right in the front of the portfolio.

Step 5: Start putting in samples of work. Many parents only put in their child’s best work, but that is not always a good idea. You want to see a progression throughout the year, so it is okay to put in work that is “so/so”. Good ideas to include in the portfolio are Math drill sheets, grammar tests, book reports, science experiment papers, artwork, History notes, and any other item you deem important. Don’t forget about field trips! I always grab a pamphlet from every place we go and put it in the kid’s portfolios. Field trips are learning experiences too.

When it comes to organizing a homeschool portfolio, don’t stress! Homeschool portfolios do not have to be difficult or overwhelming. Make them fun! Let your kids pick what they want to keep. You may be surprised what they deem important enough to hold on too. Also, snap a few pictures throughout the year and at the end place them in the portfolio with their end of the year assessment (if required). I am always surprised how much my children have grown from the first of the year to the end. Homeschool portfolios are supposed to highlight your child’s work, but they can also serve as a “yearbook” of sorts. One day you may be looking through them with your grandkids remembering all the fun that homeschooling was that year.

Misty Bailey is a Christian wife and homeschool mom. She resides with her family in Southern Ohio. She loves helping new homeschoolers and has a Homeschool 101 eBook for those getting started. She shares her struggles with time management, becoming unglued and finding joy in the everyday moments on her blog Joy in the Journey. You can also find her on Facebook and Pinterest.

The Merritt Way

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“A Time for Phonics” is a book that includes the first ten steps of comprehensive phonics that teaches reading, writing, spelling skills and builds vocabulary. This system is based on the power of neuroplasticity to build “phonemic decoding skills” in a fun way using a whiteboard and no boring memorization drills. “A Time for Phonics Photo Flashcards” coincides with the ten steps and they have amazing color photos and every word can be “sounded out.” “Math Made Fun Through Playing Cards” is a unique set of playing cards that is designed to reinforce odd and even perception, eliminates confusion between 6 and 9 numerals, enhances computational skills and improves working memory. Math skills can be greatly enhanced through various activities. Algebra can even be clearly explained and practiced using these unique cards.

Science Supersite for all Homeschoolers

This is one of the true supersites for education.  Take the time to learn how to use this site, you will be very impressed.

http://www.sciencenetlinks.com/ Providing a wealth of lessons, tools, and resources for K-12 science educators, Science NetLinks is your guide to meaningful standards-based Internet experiences for students.

So Much Learning on One Website

National Geographic is a huge website!  It would take a person a long time to go through the whole thing. Take the time to teach your student how to use this website.  It is well worth your time, especially for the photographs.  For instance, search on volcanoes.  This is a wonderful website for for unit studies and research projects.

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/ National Geographic provides free maps, photos, videos and daily news stories, as well as articles and features about animals, the environment, cultures,

Learn to Read and Gain Speed

http://www.tickettoread.com/ TicketToRead.com is an interactive website that provides elementary school students with tools to make reading a more pleasant activity, and encouraging them to improve their reading skills.