8th Grade Homeschool Portfolio

My daughter has just completed her 8th grade portfolio review with Homeschool Global’s Family Advisor last week. After doing portfolio reviews for the past 8 years, I think I’ve seen it all but as I look at the project she did for this year, specifically this last quarter, I am amazed.

She was inspired by the Timeless TV series we watched as it is a time-traveling TV show that visits the different periods of time.

This is her output as she studied arts:


She read Sean Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens and this is her output:


As she enjoyed Hamilton music, this is her output:

Homeschool Help: Project Portfolio

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

I have already shared some of my daughter’s work previously in my post about her 4th grade portfolio as for my son, I’ve shared his 1st grade portfolio.  They used clearbook to store all their work.

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.

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IMG_3653 IMG_3654 IMG_3655 IMG_3652My daughter is very art oriented as you can see from her work. She incorporates art with her projects.

Here are the sample pages from her 5th grade portfolio project.

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IMG_3670 IMG_3669 IMG_3668 IMG_3667 IMG_3666 IMG_3665   Here she created her fictional city called Sunshine City. She made maps of the whole city, citizens, government, government facilities and laws of the land.

IMG_3661IMG_3664IMG_3662  IMG_3663There 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!

3 Projects for Non-Artsy Students

My grade 2 son is not the type who creates drawings and artworks in a flash. He doesn’t like too much worksheet or paperwork. So when it is time to put together his portfolio for the quarter, he has a number of handwritten projects but most of the other projects are not.

Sharing with you 3 of his recent projects that he absolutely enjoyed doing.

Reports. He has  created a timeline of events. Then he reports on the important happenings in the World as he has learned from Mystery of History. This gives him the opportunity to develop his communication skills as well.
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Shows. He loves putting on shows. Whether he uses a popcicle stick, his fingers, stuff toys or other possible items, he creates his own script whether in English or Filipino then performs a show complete with vocalization.

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Game boards. He created his very own game board in Math and in Science. We’ve been playing game boards and he enjoys them. This allowed him to create his own rules and incorporate his learnings on  Math and Science trivia into his own creations.

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Do you have other project suggestions for my non-artsy student?

Toby’s 1st Quarter Portfolio

End of August is almost here and it signifies that the end of our first quarter is almost here too. I can’t believe how fast time actually passes by! My son has completed his portfolio already and is ready for his portfolio review while my daughter is still completing hers.

It is my son’s first portfolio and I am glad that he took the initiative to make his own portfolio. Here are some pages of what he has made:

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I know that there are more improvements he can do but I believe that this is a good start!