Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Homeschool Portfolio-What to Keep

If you are like me, your kids have about a million drawings by the end of preschool and kindergarten.  I know some people take pictures of their kids art, but that doesn't work for us (and I honestly can't imagine ever looking back through those kind of files). I wanted to keep some tangible copies, but there just isn't room for all.  This portfolio enables me to keep some major pieces, but doesn't allow for hoarding. We also have a Home-school picture Album, so I don't have to keep all the pictures in the file folder.


Materials for simple Portfolio File Folder:
  • 13 Good quality hanging folders- Labeled Preschool through 12th grade
  • Large Air tight file folder with lid (I got two from Sam's)
  • sharpie and stencils for child's name on front (or print  and use contact paper adhere to bin))


Preschool Folder
  • Picture Album of Field Trips (PRINT THESE & date, you will regret it if you don't)
  •  Any cards the boys made me( lot of times they dictated to my husband something super sweet).
  • Hand Print art for later size comparison & accompanied by sentimental ooh and ahhs. :)
  • First milestones, like first picture of a face, or first time they wrote their names.
  • A piece that was an example of a certain obsession, like when they only drew Transformers and dump trucks for a month. 

Kindergarten
  • Pictures of them on first day of school and on last day.
  • Small Picture album of field trips (thin plastic from Dollar Tree)
  • Samples of handwriting from beginning of year and from end of year
  • Example of math page (a chart or something artsy & fun)
  • Books they made; We made a Creation book, seasons of an apple tree, and other unit based books.
  • Kindergarten Diploma

Elementary Grades 
  • Pictures of them on first day of school and on last day
  • Small Picture album of field trips (thin plastic from Dollar Tree)
  • Samples of handwriting from beginning of year and from end of year (especially for lower Elem)
  • Math Unit Tests (we have three  big units a year with Math U See)
  • Books they make (example- we turned Draw, Write, Now Pages into a book)
  • Any Cards they made me
  • Binder from the year's unit study (We use My Father's World, and each year has a theme, with a corresponding binder to keep work)


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