If you are home-schooled or have home-schoolers, you may already be keeping a simple portfolio. The word portfolio is a loose term; some students keep detailed transcripts, while others keep basic folders. Either way you like to keep record, you should follow a few key steps to maintain organization of your assignments, notes and progress of the year.
Portfolios are tools we use to assess academic growth and keep records. They can be kept digitally on your computer, or uploaded to Dropbox or Google Drive for added security. Employ a yearbook or scrapbook format if you would like to get creative. Other alternatives include 3-ring binders, accordion files, or a simple notebook. Whichever format you choose, make sure to include the following.
- Basic title page: Student's name, date of birth, school year, start and end dates
- Legal document: View the requirements for homeschooling in your state. Keep the legal documents necessary depending on your state's laws.
- Transcripts: standardized test scores, records, community service, letters of recommendation
- Course Summaries: subject overviews, course requirements, textbooks/reading lists, evaluations, grades
- Samples of work: assignments, essays, worksheets, tests, pictures of artwork or projects
- Calendar/Planner: log of activities/field trips
- Academic Goals
Remember that the homeschool portfolio offers room for personalization. Include as little or as much as you like as long as you follow your state requirements. The benefits of documentation will be apparent once completed. Record-keeping allows for self evaluation and reflection of your academic growth throughout the years.
Here is a great breakdown of the homeschool portfolio from Homeschool Learning Network including convenient forms and information!
Successful Homeschooling offers several useful forms for homeschool portfolios.
Many of your portfolio questions are answered on Time4Learning's website.
Oklahoma Homeschool includes extensive notes on record-keeping for homeschool portfolios.