Homeschool Assessments: Begin Now

Organizing Papers

When you read the title of this post you might have thought, “Wow, Lisa! School just began and you are already talking about next year’s assessment. Aren’t you way too early to be talking about this?” Actually, now is the perfect time to establish a habit that will be easy to implement. This will make the portfolio review process sooo easy when you have to provide documentation of what your child(ren) did this year. I am going to give several ideas of things you can do and you can choose what works best for your family, or do something totally different. I just wanted to get some creative/organization juices flowing today. 🙂

Organization: There are as many ways to organize your student(s) work as I think there are I am listing the most popular ideas I have seen. If you have another idea, please share in the comments. I’d love to hear what you do and someone else could benefit from your suggestion. Binders, accordion pleated file, a plastic bin with hanging folders, an electronic file, a private Facebook group, short videos, screenshots of online classes, and pictures all help organize schoolwork.

Monthly/ Quarterly: Choose one paper from each subject that you would like to share and file it to whatever organizational means you have chosen. It would be helpful if you have the date on the paper, but it is not vital. For example, if you are going to choose to use an electronic file, create a folder, snap a picture of the work, upload it, and waa-laa; you are done! If there isn’t paperwork then snap a photo of the experiment you did or write a brief description. It is much easier to document as you go rather than waiting until April. Of course, you can do that too if that works better for you.

What does next year look like for assessments? If I were able to predict the future, I’d be rich, right? My best guesstimate is that students will need to have an assessment at the end of the year, whether that be testing or a written narrative/portfolio review/teacher assessment (interchangeable names). I will continue to do assessments and am looking forward to serving you.

Have a great week! ~Lisa~

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