First Quarter Portfolio Review for School Year 2015-2016

2 weeks ago, my children had their first portfolio review at TMA Homeschool for this school year. It was our first time to meet their new family advisors and we were all nervous as to how the review would turn out.

When we arrived at TMA, we were ushered into the new portfolio review area and we were all pleasantly surprised!

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Then the advisors took them to cubicles and roughly took my son an hour to present his portfolio, while it took my daughter a bit longer since the advisor had another student present along with my daughter.

When they both came out, they were both happy and excited and filled with stories of how they presented and how they enjoyed the new portfolio review area. I et briefly with both their FAs and both gave me good reviews about the children. I am very blessed to hear that the FAs themselves homeschooled all the way to high school, and the FA of my daughter even shared their own journey towards college. She mentioned that she sees my daughter’s giftedness in arts and that we should continue to nurture it. She might even be able to get college scholarship based on it someday.

I’m thankful that both their reviews went fine and we are very much encouraged to continue on our homeschooling journey.

6th Grade Portfolio

Here are a few pages of my daughter’s 6th grade portfolio for the 1st quarter of 2015-2016.

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She will be having her 1st portfolio review for the school year this week, I hope everything turns out well! 🙂

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!

4th Grade Homeschool Portfolio

We just had our third quarter portfolio review with The Master’s Academy a few days ago. My daughter is on her fourth year of homeschooling and she has definitely shown growth and mastery of her subjects through the past 4 years. Here are some pages of her portfolio for this third quarter.

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As you can see, she does very well in arts and hopes to be a book illustrator someday. She is an avid reader as well. Science and history are her favorite subjects while Math is not. We definitely need to work on more drills and problems together. Filipino is also a bit difficult but she can speak fluent Filipino.

More than the output, I am glad to see that she is learning and growing in the knowledge of Christ through our regular Bible study together and discussion of life. These moments are immeasurable and it is only through time that we will see the fruit of  all our labor and through the grace of God.

Overall, I thank the Lord for the opportunity to learn and grow alongside my daughter through homeschooling. No matter how hard, at the end of it all, my heart is full of joy and love.