Welcome back to homeschool portfolios 101, a series all about homeschool portfolios! In part 1 of this series I talked about the basics of what a portfolio is, and here in part 2 we will we go over what you can actually use to assemble your portfolio. There are many ways to make a portfolio, but I will cover three common ones here in this post; three-ring binders, file folders or accordion files and electronic portfolios. Of course each portfolio will be unique and what works for me may not work for you, but that’s the beauty of portfolios; you can choose the method that best fits your needs!
Three common types of homeschool portfolios:
This is one of the most popular ways to assemble a homeschool portfolio, so we will start here first! This is the method that I use and as the name suggests, this type of portfolio is created using a three-ring binder. The papers, documents, photos, tests, and everything else you want to include in your homeschool portfolio can fit neatly in a binder and be easily organized and divided into categories, subjects or any other way that makes sense to you.
Using the three-ring binder method makes adding or removing documents easy and organizing papers is a breeze once the papers are hole-punched or put into plastic sheet protectors. You can use regular paper size sheet protectors, photo ones or even pocket dividers…whatever works best for your portfolio. These works well when you have things that you want to include and save, but don’t want to hole punch.
File folders or accordion files
I have not personally used this method before, but if you wanted to avoid punching holes and using sheet protectors, this file system may be for you! You can organize your papers by subjects still, but instead of putting them into a binder, they get sorted into files or pockets. This keeps everything together and organized, but is quicker to assemble than a three-ring binder.
Again, I have not used this method because I would rather have physical papers, but if you don’t like paper clutter or prefer things done electronically, then this might be a good option for you. You can scan in your papers and documents and save them on your computer in a separate file for each child. You can also include photos, videos, online progress reports or anything else you can think of!
I hope these ideas have been helpful as you think about putting together your own child’s portfolio. I am sure that there are other great ways to assemble your homeschool portfolio, but these are the 3 that I am most familiar with. What kind of method do you use for your homeschool portfolios? I would love to hear about the different things people are doing!