Keeping track of all that you have covered with your child over an academic session can be quite a daunting task if you are not in the habit of regularly noting down what was taught in the homeschool classroom. One way to make it easier to make your homeschool portfolio is to ensure that you maintain a homeschool planner regularly during the academic year.
In the homeschool planner you can make an additional notation of what all you actually managed to cover as opposed to what all you wished to teacher. This will help you keep track of what you need to mention in the homeschool portfolio. The planner can be weekly or monthly and you need to keep it updated so that you have all the information you need on hand at the end of the academic session when you sit down to make the progress report.
Additional things that you can keep a track of are family projects that were undertaken during the year. These could include a number of things such as the Lego model village you constructed, the bead necklace and earrings set that you fabricated, the modeling clay sculptures that you made, or the rocks that you collected on a family trek. You can take pictures of these projects and add them in the homeschool portfolio under extra curricular activities.
Another tool that can help trace the progress of the child in a particular field or task is external certification that he or she has gained. For instance certification for completing a grade of piano lessons, or participation in a science based workshop, or singing in the church choir, or any such special activity that the child has undertaken. These must also be recorded in the homeschool portfolio in the academic year that the child participated in these events.
Keeping track of all that your child did over the year in a simple lined notepad will also help your end goal of marking the child’s progress in the year. If you have the time and energy you can even make a nice powerpoint presentation of what the year was like with photographs, videos and a formal script. One for each academic year will be a great way to introduce your child to a college counselor.