Welcome to part 3 of this series on homeschool portfolios. I hope you have been finding it to be helpful as you work on your own child’s portfolio. In case you missed it, part 1 in this series covered the basics of homeschool portfolios and part 2 discussed what you can use to assemble your actual portfolio.
In this post we will go over all of the stuff that you can put in your portfolio. What goes into it will depend on what your state may require as well as what you want to include and save from the past year of school work.
Things you can included:
- Table of contents
- Legal requirements for your state (attendance records, letter of intent, etc)
- Summary of curriculum, resources, and books used
- Log of field trips, activities, or co-op meetings
- Learning objectives and goals for the year
- List of books read (independently and/or aloud)
- Samples of work from various times of the year showing progress, mastery, or areas needing improvement (tests and quizzes, writing samples, worksheets, photos of projects, book reports, etc)
- Items from field trips (photos, ticket stubs, brochures, etc)
- Certificates, recognitions, awards, or other kinds of achievements
Your portfolio does not have to include all of these items, and there may be more that you want to, or need to include, but hopefully this gives you some ideas on what you can use. Each homeschool portfolio will look different, but if it shows your child’s progress throughout the year, then I would consider that a success! What other items do you include in your child’s homeschool portfolio?