Homeschool Portfolios

Craft-Table_LogoWelcome to the Homeschool Mom’s Craft Table. Enjoy a quick foray into the world of art; join us as we delve into projects, offer helpful tips, explore new tools, and encourage all things creative. Come along and share a world of fun!

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When most people think of a portfolio, they think of an artist or professional showing their well crafted work in order to gain recognition or obtain employment. However, did you know that homeschoolers can have a portfolio as well?

When I first began to homeschool, I read everything I could on the laws of our state and ideas on how to keep ourselves protected. One great suggestion made was portfolios; simple, three-ring binders that hold all pertinent work and tests the student has done for the year. In the event it should become necessary, examples of the students’ work are on hand and available. (These are not required by our state, mind you, but it doesn’t hurt to be prepared. Plus, it’s always fun looking back on our hard work, especially after several years have passed.)

Every fall, we create unique covers which inspire and encourage us to fill these will beautiful work. In previous years we have used a wide variety of art mediums to create our covers. We have drawn images, water colored, and used decoupage for our art projects. For the past two years, we have chosen to use a new medium: computers! Using digital images and art programs, we have made the most beautiful covers for our binders.

2014-2015 Portfolio Cover

Well, here we are again! It’s time to put our imagination to use and get those fingers moving. Besides a few images which reflect our goals for this year, I have also included a few funny comments which I hope will encourage my kiddos and help keep us on track.

If you don’t already, consider putting together a portfolio for each one of your children. It doesn’t have to be fancy, it doesn’t have to be time-consuming, and it doesn’t have to look professional. Dig out whatever materials you have on hand and get busy!

Having portfolios of your children’s work is always a good idea. Besides having proof of all your hard work, it’s a great way to store memories. One day, you’ll look back on these and shed tears of joy.

Time to Chime In: Do you create portfolios for your children? How have you decorated the covers?

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6 thoughts on “Homeschool Portfolios

  1. I’m planning on getting plastic sleeve protectors and putting all of my daughters artwork in a binder. Having work to show in case something does come up is a great idea. Having those memories are also good. I love looking back at the stuff that I saved when I was homeschooled.

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  2. I actually started when they were in traditional school and have continued. They help me put it together to be able to see what they have done throughout the year. Now because we are homeschooling we are keeping a few more items then we were for that ‘just in case’ situation. They get a kick out of it 🙂

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  3. We’ve been meaning to do this for a year. This year I may just do this, whether the kids have to go to school or not. Homeschooling isn’t easy as a single mom. I’m feeling inspired. What better way to commemorate our first year as just me and the kids, remind us how much fun we’re still able to have, even with dads not in the picture.

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