Jun 23, 2010

End of year portfolio

A comprehensive portfolio is an effective way to document your school year, for legal purposes, as well as keeping track of your accomplishments. We made our first portfolio for Jellyfish's 3rd grade year. It wasn't planned, but just something I threw together at the last minute. Since then, I have put a little more effort into it, and really started planning for it at the beginning of the year.

It's really pretty simple to get started. You need a few supplies, depending on how you put it together. Here are some recommended supplies:

*Huge binder (3-4inch)
*Divider tabs: I do one for each core subject, one for electives, one for field trips, and one for paperwork (report card, lesson plans, book list, etc.).   
* Pictures (of field trips, art projects, science experiments, etc.)
*Page protectors
*Work samples from each subject (I keep 5-6 sheets from each subject per month; our state requires it.)

First Section:
I start with a title page, like the one pictured above. I put everything I could in sheet protectors.  On the back of the title page is his report card for the year.  I use Homeschool Tracker, and it will print all kinds of reports for you.  Then next few pages consist of an attendance summary, overview report of each subject (hours, points, grades), resources used, learning objectives for each subject, and legal requirements

Next Section:
Use some file tabs like these, or page dividers, and make a tab for each subject.  Our subjects are Bible, Math, Reading/Language Arts, History, Science, and Electives(PE, Art, etc.).  Include samples that are indicative of your child's progress. For some activities, such as experiments, nature walks, etc., you can put a picture instead.  These binder pockets are great to use also:
I will probably put my teacher planning pages (daily log) in at the end, because they take up  more  room.  Fill your portfolio with anything interesting. Include lots of pictures, and make it a book of memories. 

Educational opportunities happen everyday.  Don't forget to document them.  I'm hoping this will be more of a scrapbook, than a school book in the end, something we will actually come back in ten years, and look at with pride!  We'll see. 

Jun 3, 2010

Weekly Highlights: June Bugaroos

In the family...

So, these are the many faces of Caleb.  You will notice his goatie and mustache are once again visible. What can I say?  Exciting stuff this week...the growth of hair.

Jellyfish had two ballgames and won them both!  He looks so cute in his uniform (don't tell him, though)!
Millie has had an exciting week too. She tried to convince us she was an angel!  She spent a lot of time putting straws into a bottle, then dumping them out and doing it all over again. And, as always, she put on a show, and made us all laugh!

My mom, sister-in-law, myself, and the four kids went shopping on Monday.  We only hit three stores, but wore ourselves out quick.  I did get to visit my favorite store, Hobby Lobby.  I could spend all day in there (and all of my husband's paycheck), so it's a good thing I don't get to go very often. 

In the news...
  • the oil spill in the gulf is taking precedence over most other stories, as they try to stop the leak.
  • Al & Tipper Gore are getting divorced after like 40 years of marriage.
  • Gary Coleman and Rue McClanahan died this week.
  • Gas is about $2.44 a gallon.
In our Lives...
  • Psalm 91: God is my refuge!
  • I Cor. 4:8-16: Keep your head up and have faith!
 8We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; 9 Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; 10 Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. 11 For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus' sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh. 12 So then death worketh in us, but life in you. 13 We having the same spirit of faith...we also believe, and therefore speak; 14 Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you. 15 For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God. 16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. 

Until next time,