We are getting to the end of the school year and often that is when we start considering our goals for next year and begin perusing the curriculum catalogs. This process of goal setting and reconsidering our victories and missteps during the previous semester is a good practice. It enables us to learn from mistakes and to challenge ourselves for the following year.
One of my personal resolutions usually entails organization of the homeschool room to some extent. It never fails that I have a monstrous pile of papers staring me down full of worksheets, projects, etc. belonging to each individual child. In the past I have stored all of those papers in individual boxes for each child, but not this year!
Join me as I de-clutter my homeschool room and look like an awesomely organized homeschooling mom in the process! Let me introduce you to what is known as the Homeschool Portfolio Binder.
A homeschool portfolio allows you to create a neatly organized binder filled with a sample of your child’s work throughout the year. If you keep one portfolio for each year there is no need to keep boxes filled with papers and projects. This homeschool portfolio set is all you need!
Tips for organizing your child’s school work into the portfolio:
- Take pictures of projects, experiments, artwork, and field trips to document neatly without the additional clutter.
- If your child uses workbooks during the year, only save 5-10 pages highlighting new concepts they learned and their best work.
- If your child uses online or CD-ROM based curriculum, print off the assessments provided to include in that section.
- For your older children, make sure to save key research papers, essays, and tests or anything that is a milestone.
- Throw the rest away. No need to store thousands of papers in boxes for years to come that you will never look at again!
If you are saving this information for a teacher evaluation for purposes of meeting state regulations, you can save more if required for that time, but then toss what is not the most important or sentimental following the evaluation.
Whether you are using a homeschool portfolio to meet requirements, this is a great way to organize your child’s paperwork and create memories to save for years to come. I am sure your future grandchildren would love to read through their mom and dad’s old school work one day. Maybe you have a husband who is skeptical of homeschooling and likes to see progress? Maybe you need a little confidence boost in the same area!
Please let us know in the comments below!