Tweet A few weeks ago Little Bit and I began our homeschooling journey. He has been doing well and I have already learned so much about schooling my little boy.
I've learned that there is no way in you know what that my son is going to sit for more than five minutes at a time for an activity. Our lessons are very fluid and flexible. In fact, I mostly just have a list of the weeks objectives in my mind and roll them out whenever an opportunity presents itself.
I've also learned that the timetable created for this curriculum will not work for my son. Even though he is a fast learner we are involved in so many activities that one week is not enough time to complete the unit. I am currently working on a two week plan. I feel less stressed and I think Little Bit has more time to absorb the information.
Before my life as a Momma I was a teacher. That background has been very helpful. One thing that sprung to mind was creating a homeschool portfolio. The state of Virginia does not currently require homeschooled parents to produce a portfolio of their child's work to prove progress. Those laws can always change. Another thing that I like about keeping a portfolio is to show progress to skeptical family members. Colleges might also be impressed with a portfolio of work spanning a lifetime. Lastly, their something to be said to creating such a precious memento of your child's development.
I am currently considering doing a large three ring binder with sheet protectors for each year we homeschool. It seems to me the best way to keep things nicely organized and easily accessible. Do you have any other ideas for how to retain so much information in a logical way? Do you keep a portfolio of your children's work?