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May 2019

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Essential Elements of a Homeschool Portfolio

By | Homeschool Planning | No Comments

Surely you can last a few years without putting your student’s work together. When we first start homeschooling, we either keep everything or keep nothing at all. What exactly do you need to document what your children have done all year? If you don’t know where to start, these essential elements of a homeschool portfolio can provide you with a basis of what each student needs.

For all the new homeschoolers out there, you may have heard the words “homeschool portfolio” thrown around here and there. Just the idea of it may seem intimidating.

What exactly is a homeschool portfolio? What should be included in a homeschool portfolio? How do I organize my homeschool portfolio? You are not alone if you have had these questions.

What is a homeschool portfolio?

In homeschooling, a homeschool portfolio provides a means for families to document their children’s progress in their educational journey.

Some states have specific requirements for what they require homeschoolers to document to prove are actually homeschooling. For some states, a portfolio and yearly evaluation are required to stay eligible for an education program at your home. Families are required to be evaluated by an objective third party educational professional is required.

Whether your state requires a portfolio or nothing at all, it is good to note that most colleges require homeschoolers to submit a homeschool portfolio.

Keeping yearly portfolios make it easier to write transcripts when your child is ready to graduate.

How do I organize my homeschool portfolio?

There are a few ways you can organize your homeschool portfolio. Some portfolio styles homeschooling families use are:

  • 3 ring binders
  • Accordion folders
  • File folders
  • Scanned documents on your computer or saved to a cloud drive

What should be included in a homeschool portfolio?

Here are some essential elements of a homeschool portfolio:

  • Lesson Plans
  • A log of educational activities
  • Reading Log
  • Samplings of student’s work (written work, Bible scriptures memorized, tests and scores for each subject, photos of experiments, etc.)
  • Grades
  • Artwork/art projects
  • Extracurricular activities (document sports, music, weaving, etc.)
  • Community service hours
  • Term attendance records

Using Homeschool Planet makes homeschool record keeping extremely simple. The number one essential element of a homeschool portfolio is explicitly laid out for you in Homeschool Planet’s homeschool planner online.

Homeschool Planet Lesson Plans can be customized to your schedule.

Homeschool Planet features fit perfectly for the essential elements of your homeschool portfolios.

You don’t have to stress about capturing your student essential elements for a portfolio when they are all embedded within an online planner.

Here are some features in Homeschool Planet that will make homeschool record keeping super easy:

  • customizable grading categories
  • customizable Report Cards and Transcripts
  • reports to help you manage grades, attendance, activities
  • professionally designed lesson plans
  • automatic attendance records

Is there anything else you would put in a homeschool portfolio? What else would you consider an essential element of a homeschool portfolio? Leave some tips in the comments section for our Homeschool Planet community.

 

Check out Homeschool Planet for yourself with a 30-day FREE trial. No credit card information is necessary to give it a try!

At last — an easy, flexible, full-featured online planner that doesn’t require hours to learn. Just launch, click on the calendar, and start adding classes, assignments, and appointments!

With Homeschool Planet lesson plans, homeschooling has never been easier!

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This Pretty Amazing Planner is My New Brain

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Today we are featuring a review from Angie at Pebblekeeper. Angie is a homeschool mom blogger who enjoys a relaxed home school learning environment for her middle school boys who love nature, the outdoors, LEGOs, drawing and writing. As part of This Old School House Review Crew, Angie reviews products with her unique relaxed style of homeschooling that incorporated deep learning. In Pebblekeeper, you will find insight on homeschooling, beach schooling, lake schooling, outdoor challenges and more.

Angie’s Homeschool Planet online planner review embraces the idea that Homeschool Planet is not just another ordinary planner. She explains how Homeschool Planet made her brain and family dependent on its organizational framework.  Angie recommends Homeschool Planet for anyone who needs to track people, activities, multiple calendars and create events/event planning.

Angie has enjoyed the planning program that is included with the Homeschool Planet system. Did you know with Homeschool Planet’s homeschool planner online you can add notes, tasks, websites, and resources to your lessons?

“What can I say? I love it. It is my new brain. It will print any list I choose and also create transcripts for high school. The crew has been pestering the folks at Homeschool Buyers Co-op with questions this past month. Many of our suggestions have created changes. All of my questions have been answered in detail with a personal person within a day. What? Yep. They are awesome.”

Click here to read this review from Pebblekeeper on Homeschool Planet.

Check out Homeschool Planet for yourself with a 30-day FREE trial. No credit card information is necessary to give it a try!

At last — an easy, flexible, full-featured online planner that doesn’t require hours to learn. Just launch, click on the calendar, and start adding classes, assignments, and appointments!

With Homeschool Planet lesson plans, homeschooling has never been easier!

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Top 3 Math Curriculum Picks

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Have you been contemplating changing your math curriculum next year? There are so many out there that I know it can be overwhelming. If you are like many other homeschooling families, you may have gone through one or two already and don’t want to have to go through the change again. We want to help you with your decision making if you need it, so here are our top 3 math curriculum picks for the year. Read More

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Easy Peasy Planning with a Friendly Interface

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We are glad to feature a review from Jenn Bowen of From Crayons to Keyboards. Jenn has finally graduated all her children out of preschool and like many of us, feels the brunt of time flying by. Jenn is a homeschool mom blogger who is a part of the Homeschool Review Crew and blogs about homeschooling and home organization.

Jenn Bowen’s Homeschool Planet review shares how Homeschool Planet is a completely customizable online planner.  She says Homeschool Planet is not only a homeschool planner, but it is also a family calendar, and note pad all rolled into one. Jenn finds assigning new tasks on Homeschool Planet a breeze and enjoys many of Homeschool Planets useful features.

Did you know that Homeschool Planet’s online homeschool planner has Rescheduling and Grading helpers that walk you through rescheduling assignments? The grading helper helps you easily assign grades to completed assignments.

“I really like the friendly interface of Homeschool Planet. It is user-friendly an easy to navigate. I love that I can customize my view. Adding assignments was a breeze and I was able to easily assign multiple children to an assignment. If you are looking for a homeschool planner, I highly recommend you giving Homeschool Planet a try!”

Click here to read this review on Homeschool Planet.

Check out Homeschool Planet for yourself with a 30-day FREE trial. No credit card information is necessary to give it a try!

At last — an easy, flexible, full-featured online planner that doesn’t require hours to learn. Just launch, click on the calendar, and start adding classes, assignments, and appointments!

With Homeschool Planet lesson plans, homeschooling has never been easier!

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HOW TO: Customize Your Interface

By | Homeschool Planet User Guide | No Comments

You may have noticed we are making a few upgrades to the Homeschool Planet site! We have updated our Themes and Colors interface, but if you don’t like change – no worries! We have you covered. You can easily customize your Homeschool Planet online planner interface.

If you would like to revert back to the old default Theme and Colors interface, you can simply take the following steps:

  1. Click Settings.

  1. Then click on Themes and Colors.
  2. Now select the Theme and Color interface you prefer.

That is it! We wanted to give you a heads-up and let you know how to either revert back to your originally selected interface or spruce things up with something new.

Homeschool Planet is working hard behind the scenes to make Homeschool Planet the best experience for all of our users.

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave them in the comments or contact us at support@homeschoolplanet.com.

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