Homeschool portfolios

With our school year just beginning I am getting all my children’s work organised which includes starting their portfolios.

Why Use A Homeschool Portfolio?

A homeschool portfolio is an educational keepsake that your child can look over, show off and use to remember events from previous school years.
I have been keeping a homeschool portfolio for my children for 5 years now. And I think that they are terrific and so do my children. They love to look back at their accomplishments. I also find that it is helpful to show to interested parties evidence of work achieved throughout the year.

How to Organise Your Homeschool Portfolio

I know that there are a few ways to do this but I will share with you how we do it.

1.    I buy a 20 page clear pocket Marbig Flic File. They cost about $3.50.
Portfolio Folder

2.    Then I get the kids to make their own cover page for the year. We usually use Publisher and make one on the computer.

Homeschool Portfolio

3.    Over the year I add to the portfolio relevant materials. The type of things we put in our portfolio are;

Art in homeschool portfolio

•    Learning plans for the year
•    Certificates
•    Samples of work including photographs and pictures
•    Reading lists
•    Assessment reports
•    Transcript of hours (for my high schooler).

Music study homeschool portfolio


At the end of the year I go through all of their work. I keep special pieces and add them to the portfolio and then I throw the rest of the work out. This keeps our records neat and compact.

Do you use portfolios?

Do you have any more tips?

2013 UPDATE: I have done a YouTube video showing how to organise your homeschool portfolios and what to put in them.