"Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it." Proverbs 22:6
1. The first step you want to do is make sure you are filling out a weekly planner or log of what your child has covered. I separate mine out by days of the week on the left, and each column represents subjects such as:
~Bible and Reading
~Arts, Music and Physical Education
~Motor and Social Skills, and Critical Thinking
~Science and Social Studies
This is also good because if I feel an area is too blank like this week, I try to put extra emphasis on those sections the following week.
At the end of the year, take out that same piece of paper you wrote at the beginning of the year and look at what your child has accomplished or areas you may want to work on for next year. Every child learns at their own pace and this is not a competition or a comparison. You are the teacher and you know how your child learns best and what they need to know.
2. Each month, keep a piece of paper for a reading log and document all the books and authors your child has read, or the books you have read to your child.
I also have a teacher planner that a friend gave me from Abeka. I label each area that I consider important such as Reading and Bible, Art/Music/Physical Education, Motor and Social Skills and Critical Thinking, Writing, Math, and Other (Science, Social Studies, Computer work: ABCmouse.com and Readingeggs.com). Here is also a great Planner by HEDUA. The planner helps me keep everything organized for what the boys learned that week. You can choose to label the subject areas with the subjects you are comfortable with. My sons are still young so I don't have a separate Science or Social Studies area for them yet. We usually do one weekly activity in this section.
3. At the end of the month, place all the projects, papers, worksheets, or anything you and your child have done together into a folder or a plastic sleeve. Place the Monthly Reading log on top and label it for that month, such as August 2014.
4. When it gets to the end of the year, place all the plastic sleeves (or folders if you chose to do folders) together in a binder.
*Some states require that you keep your child's portfolio for a certain amount of years so don't throw them out right away! They make awesome keepsakes also to see how much your child has learned!*
5. This is what each of the months looks like out of the binder. With a little maintenance each week or month, end of the year portfolio will be all done and after the evaluation, you can relax and enjoy the summer with your family!
Part of this article originally appeared on Satisfaction Through Christ on 5/26/14, and was updated on 4/14/15.