Monday, May 2, 2011

Portfolios as You Go

I have had a few questions about how I am doing portfolios this year. I will attempt to answer them here.

First, a disclaimer, I am NOT an expert. I am a former teacher turned homeschooling mama! Also, the state I live in (Arizona) does not require portfolios so I am free to do what works best for me. If your state has requirements, PLEASE follow their guidelines.

OK...on to the fun stuff!

Last year was my first year of homeschooling and I did not create a portfolio as I went along and am now regretting it. So, here is my {hopeful} solution.

1. A 3-ring binder (clear pocket on the front is nice) for each child (mine is 1 1/2 inches but I will probably end up with a 3- or 5-inch binder when they go on sale in August).

2. Pocket dividers (one for each subject)

3. Pretty paper

4. 3-hole punch

5. I put the child's name, school year (2011-2012), grade level and age on the pretty paper and slid it in the front of the binder (you could also have the kiddos decorate their paper).

6. I labeled each divider with the subject and put it in the binder.

7. I put completed daily assignments in the pockets until the end of the week when I hole-punch everything and place it behind the correct divider (I also use the pockets to collect finished work that will be used in a lapbook or notebooking page until we are ready to assemble the projects).

8. Our portfolios:

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