- Reviewing and relishing all that we have learned during the academic year
- Recognizing any academic areas in which we should be doing more work
- Creating a fabulous record and keepsake of the school year for each child
Putting together the academic portfolios actually begins at the very start of the school year. There are several tasks that I do throughout the year that really help with keeping school papers organized for the portfolios.
- I keep a running list on our computer of books, field trips, and educational videos that we have read, attended, and watched during the school year.
- Each of my children also has a reading record on which we keep track of all of the books each of them has read both independently and for school.
- I also take pictures of all art projects completed for school projects. After loading them onto my computer, I load them to Shutterfly in a special album named “Art Projects, School Year 20– to 20–).” Then when I’m ready to put together the portfolios, I can have the pictures printed all at once.
In addition to those records, I have a specific area where I put all of the “portfolio-worthy” papers during the course of the year. Here are some examples of items that I put in the “portfolio-worthy” pile:
- math tests
- brochures, maps, and ticket stubs from educational field trips
- certificates of completion for swimming lessons/results from swim meets
- copies of any awards that have been granted
- copies of completed essays/writing projects
- completed handwriting booklets
- tables of contents from curriculum texts
- tests from English
About a month before my scheduled portfolio review, I start working on the portfolios so that I can compile them without feeling stressed and rushed. I work on each portfolio one section at a time. Each child’s portfolio is compiled into a 1″ three ring binder. I use the binders that allow you to slide a piece of paper in the clear front pocket to make a cover for the binder.
I make the portfolio covers on PrintMaster with cute school-themed borders. On the front is written:
- Academic Portfolio
- Child’s Name
- Child’s Grade Level
- Academic Years for the Portfolio
I divide the portfolio into the following sections:
- Language Arts
- History and Geography
- Physical Education
- Fine Arts
I also made a little photo album of each child’s art projects from the year and tucked that into the front inner pocket of the portfolio binder.
If you would like to read a complete list of what I included in each section of my 6th grade daughter’s academic portfolio last year, you can find that information here.
Putting together the children’s portfolios is a lot of work but the results are definitely more than worth the effort!
Samantha writes about homeschooling and family life at tobebusyathome.
This post is linked to Thirsty Thursday.