For the past 5 years, my children has been putting together and presenting their project portfolios as part of the requirements from TMA Homeschool. I personally believe that this is an important skill they need to learn and gain as the years pass. It has been a tool to assess what my child has learned throughout the school year and it has helped preserve memories about our homeschooling journey. I have kept all of their projects so far. Most are done manually but some of them are done digitally.
So what exactly do you include in a project portfolio? According to TMA Homeschool, “A portfolio is a collection of material to showcase your child’s learning. It is tangible evidence of what your child or student has learned and accomplished during the quarter. It can include anything you think is important and which showcases your child’s milestones.” Highlights of the the child’s learning and achievements are included.
Here are some suggestions of what to include:
– Cover page with your child’s name, age, grade level, picture
– List of goals like improve his writing, completing a project
– Sample of child’s work like drawings, book reports, creative witing
– Life skills learned like cooking, baking, gardening, swimming
– Field trips
– List of books read
Here are some more samples from my daughter’s 2nd grade work a few years back. She used cartolina to put together all her projects.
Here are the sample pages from her 5th grade portfolio project.
There are many ways to create portfolio projects, but what if your child doesn’t like arts? I’ve shared 3 projects for non-artsy students and hope that will give you more ideas.
As your child gets older, they can incorporate all their learnings from different subjects in a single project.
Do you have other ideas? I’d like to hear about it too!