(Whoops — as it turns out, things only publish when you actually click the Publish button.)
One of the ways I demonstrate “regular, thorough instruction” is through pictures. Many of the activities we do in our homeschool don’t leave a paper trail at all. Ballet and soccer are the obvious ones. But we also do a great deal of science observations and activities that are hands on. Or we play math, science, or history games. So i take a picture. In addition, it is way easier to get kids to write on white boards or the tile table in the homeschooling room, so if they do, I just take a picture.
I just spent an entire day going through pictures on my phone from the past four months. I uploaded about 150-200 pictures to Flickr and have I don’t know how many more on my regular camera. I guess I’ll take care of those tomorrow!
I like Flickr because I can tag the pictures for review, tag it with subjects, or even list them all out by date to find an interesting picture per kid for each month. But, there are plenty of other services out there that can organize pictures for you.
Pictures are also a great way to keep a record of three-dimensional projects, artwork, and all the other beautiful things your children make that take up too much room in the house.
Other posts in this series:
- 19 Days Until Portfolio Review: What’s the Law?
- 17 Days Until Portfolio Review: Look at Pictures
- 14 Days Until Portfolio Review: Gathering Materials
- 13 Days Until Portfolio Review: Make a List
- 7 Days Until Portfolio Review: Summarizing and Educationese
- 2 Days Until Portfolio Reviews: All About Samples
- Gaining Confidence Through Failing Our Portfolio Review