Thursday, May 26, 2016

...aspire to live quietly...

...mind your own affairs, and work with your own hands, as we instructed you, so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one.


I just love Scripture. It is so full of truth and wisdom...God is so good to give us His Word. What a blessing it is to us and such food to the soul! I love the verses above (and if you read before that the chapter urges holy living and brotherly love...such beautiful truths for us!).


Playing badminton with daddy...



Although I don't have photos ~ the children and I played badminton one morning for an hour and a half! We had so much fun playing and laughing! :)


The front of the house is all a-bloom! I am *so* loving it. I try to keep the lawn mowed and everything tidy. Our house isn't fancy, expensive or renovated to the point we want it....but it is *home* and we do our best to care for it and keep it looking neat and pretty (even if it isn't a large, expensive home)!



This rhododendron really needs trimmed back, it just looks so ugly when I do it. I wish it stayed in bloom like this all summer!



Winnie-the-Cat...


Xavier made swings! They have a lot of fun on these!


Two disappointed boys...the go-kart quit on them in the middle of the woods...


So....swinging is in order...






Till mama goes back and helps them push it out!



Daddy and Pa figure out what is wrong with it...



All fixed! And he's off! You can watch a short video of him HERE!


I hope you have a wonderful weekend ahead! :)
Warmly,
Katy

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Homeschooling: Assembling Portfolios


This is my 8th year of homeschooling...I know when I was new to it I was anxious to take a look at other portfolios ~ how they were put together, what was included etc. I have been realizing more and more that every child/family is different...and all portfolios look different. Some are chock full of stuff while others just do the minimal to meet legal requirements. I am more of an in-between-er.

We have not put Madelyn's portfolio together yet but the boys' are done. I didn't photograph *every*thing...but just took some pictures to highlight things and give you an example. Maybe it will help you with assembling your portfolios....or if you are an old pro, maybe you'll just have fun taking a peek at ours!

I like to get binders that have the plastic sleeve in the front so the children can decide a cover...


Next, I include a *cover letter* just giving an overview of what he has accomplished for the year...


I pop in our planner for the year (I buy THESE on amazon because they are inexpensive and work well for our needs. I would love it if they were spiral bound though!)...


An inside peek at the planner...it is just simple and straight forward...just what I wanted *no fluff*!...


I include a copy of the objectives I had planned at the beginning of the year (we have to turn that in to the school district as well as a notarized affidavit at the beginning of each school year)...


Then I include samples of the work we have done...







For math, my children use Christian Light Education workbooks...there are 10 per year. I just slip one in to a page protector for the evaluator to look through...


I include some work samples from our homeschool co-op class days...



In the back of the binder I slip in a few of the lapbooks they children have done...


For Xavier, we used a few different workbooks for his language arts...so I slip one of those books in there...



I also keep a list of the chapter books that the children have read in the front cover of our planner. :)

Here's a look into Jaxson's binder...


Cover letter...


Samples...






For Jaxson's language arts, we use Christian Light Education (just like math). It has 10 workbooks and just as I do for the math, I slip one of the workbooks in...




Jaxson was a part of our homeschool co-op's drama performance so I put in newspaper clippings and the program from the show...


Lapbooks...


So there you have it! Again, there is much more in their binders than I pictured....but this gives you a good look at what the portfolios consist of! If you have any questions, please feel free to let me know and I will be happy to answer. If you are a no-reply commenter and ask a question, please check back to the comments because I will leave my answer there since I can't email you back!

I hope this has been helpful and fun!
Thanks for visiting!
Kindly,
Katy