Friday, February 25, 2011


When Lilah came home last year I began to keep a portfolio of what we were working on.  Originally I thought if this did not work out and she went back to school I would have something concrete to show to her teachers.  It became abundantly clear that Lilah would not be returning to school anytime soon but I kept up her portfolio and have since begun one for Grace. 
Keeping a portfolio is not hard, just time consuming.  I use my mac program Pages and the Visual Report template.  When I finish a term (fall/winter/spring/summer) I add work samples. I copy a piece of work from the beginning and end of the term.  For example, I will copy a page from her journal in September and in December. I will print out two math reports, two of her SOTW quizzes, examples of her artwork, cursive writing and science journal pages, etc.  I also print out my weekly accomplishments and add them as an Appendix.  This provides a chronological look at our term.  It is our “report card”. 
I work on their portfolios when I have time.  If the girls are at a lesson I will bring my laptop.  Sometimes when they are skating, I will take those two hours to catch up.  I bring a big blanket to wrap myself up in and make sure I have my texting gloves so my hands stay warm while I type.  A few minutes here and there per week is all it takes to maintain the portfolio.  Each girl has a three inch binder that stores the portfolio for the term.
Here is Grace’s fall portfolio... 


  1. This is a really great idea. We have been keeping all of their work in binders organized by subject, but I like the idea of summarizing what they have learned each term and posting a simple photo of each field trip, outside class, and accomplishments.

  2. Wow! This is awesome!! I have a mac, but I think I would throw it out the window before I could create anything like this :) What a gift to your daughters. Have a great weekend.

  3. Wow! That is awesome. You certainly have patience and are very organized!

  4. This portfolio looks wonderful, Jessica—and what a great thing for your girls to look back on in the years to come! So cool—I 'll have to check out that Visual Report Template for myself.

    I'm also impressed with how you keep on top of it. I try and keep up to date with our diary, but sometimes I let it go for a few days—then I'm wracking my brains to remember all the things we've done!

    And I love the mental image of you typing away with your texting gloves as they skate! So dedicated! :)


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