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...