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The Value of Portfolio Reviews

imagesRarely did I finish a school year when I thought I had done enough. There always seemed to be one area of math we could have studied more completely or a slew of experiments we didn’t quite get around to doing. I think each one of us feels the weightiness of responsibility of being the one who is providing the education our children are receiving.

I believe this is where having a portfolio review (written narrative) is so encouraging. Preparing work samples for an assessor to review causes you to review the year and see what you have accomplished. It provides perspective as you see what has been accomplished. You see the progress that has been made and can celebrate your child’s (and your) successes.

Here are just a few of the many benefits of having a portfolio review done for your student(s).

  • Children who are just beginning to read or need extra time to read. The test is timed and students need to read quickly in order to finish on time.
  • Your curriculum does not coincide with the what is being tested. You have the choice to determine what curriculum is taught and it may not be the same as what the students have been taught that year. For instance, you have decided to do ancient history while students at that particular grade are learning American history. There may be questions on the test that your child could not answer because they have not studied that.
  • If your child has test anxiety a portfolio review is a terrific option. No testing is given while doing a portfolio review.
  • A test is just a snapshot of a week in a child’s life. The test does not always give a true representation of your student’s ability. your son or daughter may not have slept well, could be distracted, or has not taken formal tests before. each of these factors and many more can determine the outcome of a test.
  • You would like guidance for the upcoming school year. Do you need someone who has taught students and has experience give you some ideas and suggestions for instructing your child? Do you have concerns about a certain subject area? That is where a licensed teacher doing a portfolio for your pupil can help.

Have a great week and if you are interested in having me do a portfolio review for your family, please contact me. I will be happy to serve you.


Portfolio Review Giveaway

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Congratulations to Brittanynicolemu and Jill Birmingham! Please contact me to schedule your portfolio review. Thank you to all of you who entered my giveaway. I appreciate you anad look forward to seeing you this year.


It’s that of year time of year my annual giveaway of  TWO free portfolio reviews (also known as homeschool assessments). Each portfolio review is a $40.00 value.

Here are several different ways to have a chance to win:

Subscribe to my blog.

  • This is for someone new that is not currently subscribed to my blog. 🙂 Please write a comment to let me know you have done so in order to enter your name in the giveaway.

Tell a Friend

  • If you recommended my blog or me as an assessor to a friend, please leave me a comment. I will enter your name for each recommendation.

Leave a Comment 

  • For you who have had a portfolio review before, please let others know why you choose to have a portfolio review for your student. It’s nice to hear the reasons and will help others with their decision-making process.

The contest will end at midnight on January 31, 2016. Winners will be selected via a random generator (random.com) and will be notified via the announcement on my blog, on February 1, 2016.

If you do not live in the greater Cincinnati area, but are living in Ohio and are in need of a portfolio review, I can do a Skype call or Google Groups. 

If you win, you will need to redeem your free review this year (March 1- August 5, 2016 ).   Thank you to each and every one of you who has subscribed to my blog or have chosen me to assess your student. I am greatly honored and look forward to seeing you this year.

I hope you win!