Homeschool portfolios are crucial for a child’s annual homeschool evaluation. But, what is a portfolio and how do I create one?!? No worries, take a deep breath and keep reading. It’s easy, pinky promise!
What is a Homeschool Portfolio?
A homeschool portfolio is a record of what each of your children has learned during the school year. This portfolio documents their progress as well as mastery. It shows that they have received credit for their work. I include both core and electives in my children’s homeschool portfolios.
HSLDA lists the following for (Florida) maintaining a portfolio:
Throughout the year, you must keep a portfolio of records and materials. The portfolio must contain: 1) a log of educational activities made contemporaneously with the instruction, with a list of the titles of any reading materials used, and 2) samples of writings, worksheets, workbooks, creative materials, etc., used or developed by the student. You must keep this portfolio for two years after it is completed. The district school superintendent or his or her agent can, but is not required to, review your portfolio only after 15 days’ written notice. -HSLDA
Do I Need to Create a Homeschool Portfolio?
***It is important to check with you state requirements to see what is specifically required. HSLDA is a great resource for learning about your state’s homeschool requirements, to see your state requirements click here.
The need to create a homeschool portfolio depends your state requirements and how you choose to go about homeschooling. In the state of Florida there are three options under which you can homeschool legally. My family chooses the homeschool statute.
Under the homeschool statute we are required to file a notice of intent to homeschool at the beginning of the homeschool journey, maintain a portfolio, have our children/students evaluated annually, and submit this evaluation to the county every year. Easy peasy.
How Do I Make a Homeschool Portfolio?
Making a homeschool portfolio can be as easy or as difficult as you choose it to be. I choose easy. Our homeschool portfolios aren’t a keepsake so they aren’t fancy. You can totally make them fancy but I choose easy…because I procrastinate and am usually rushing through the process.
Remember, you don’t have to include everything. Your goal is to show progress. Last year, I put all three kids in one binder.
Then, behind each name I placed a divider for each subject.
In each subject I placed maybe 10-15 examples of their work. The examples are from the beginning, middle, and end. Progress is the key word!
I included online learning grades:
Samples of worksheets or paper sheets as my kids call them:
Samples of lapbooks:
Pretty much samples from every subject. Beginning, middle, and end of the year showing progress. Don’t forget electives, such as art!
I also included their book log. Te book log includes books that we used for core teaching as well as their independent reading. The library we use prints receipts with book titles, this is SO helpful!
I promised myself that I would keep a field trip log this year. Guess I need to throw that together!
In the front of the portfolio I placed my lesson plan papers. This is totally not necessary but I had them available so I stuck them in (they make sense to me!).
I really really hope that this has helped you to create your homeschool portfolio. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask.
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