Creating a homeschool portfolio is seen as a tiresome and challenging task by many homeschoolers. It doesn’t have to be and these 5 homeschool record keeping tips will teach you exactly how you can create one easily.
Many homeschoolers find it easy when doing their favorite things but they dread creating a homeschool portfolio. It’s easy to understand why – it’s not my favorite thing to do either! Putting together a homeschool portfolio can be extremely daunting and tiresome if not done the right way. The need to create a homeschool portfolio comes from the desire to showcase the progress made by our kids in their homeschooling and is part of good homeschool record keeping. The following tips will help you create a great portfolio with ease and in no time so that you can keep providing a great homeschooling education to your little ones.
Homeschool record keeping – How to create a homeschool portfolio in 5 easy steps
1. Outline the subjects taught
You need to understand what subjects you will be teaching your kids. Although the choice of subjects is determined mostly by the curriculum you choose, check the requirements of your province or state and plan accordingly. Most states have English, math and science as some of their basic subjects. When teaching these subjects, you may or may not be obligated to cover each and every one daily. You can choose what works for you and your kids and plan accordingly. Once you’ve taught each course, keep track of the title the basic course outline of each.
2. Record attendance
The standard academic year is about 180 days. You will need to log in those days to have it considered as a successful academic year. Of course, learning occurs throughout the year. You can print out a calendar and check these days off as you clock them one by one. Other parents prefer to clock these days on their lesson planner. The choice is yours, but you should be keeping track at least loosely.
3. Get lesson plans and document the learning process
A lesson plan will enable you to cover all the basic points you need to cover when homeschooling. Sometimes we might get too engrossed in something and while this is okay, it might mean we have less time to cover other equally important stuff. You can use a journal or the printable below to document the learning process and journey every day. Be sure to note success and lessons learnt along the way. The format of the lesson plan does not really matter. Just use what works for you.
4. Record their progress occasionally at certain time intervals
You can decide to choose to record your children’s academic homeschool progress semi-annually or at the end of the year. When this time comes, ensure that you have their progress report ready. This includes the tests taken and their scores, the challenges done and how they were performed and any projects covered.
5. Build a collection of samples of their work
Take samples periodically from what they have covered to include in their homeschool portfolio. These could be from their worksheets, tests and projects. For instance, you could record a science progress they participated in. Outline what the project was all about, the preparation, the execution, the results and the lessons they learned from the project. You can also state how they handled the project and what you observed.
When you have a great portfolio, it becomes pretty easy to create a homeschool transcript and present to the colleges you want them to go to, when the time comes.
FREE Printable Homeschool Portfolio Tracking Sheets
To help you keep track of all things homeschool record keeping, we’ve created some tracking sheets for you to use. There are 16 pages of homeschool tracking sheets, including:
- 2 different daily schedule sheets
- 3 different weekly lesson plan sheets
- 2 ‘all about me’ sheets
- attendance record
- curriculum logs
- field trip logs
- reading log sheet
- extra curricular log
- grade tracker
- weekly assignments sheet
Just click on the image below to open the PDF, then save and print as needed. For personal use only. Please direct people to this post to download their own copy rather than sharing!
Much like everything else in homeschooling, homeschool record keeping just requires some consistency and patience.