Issue 96 | May 25, 2017 | The Portfolio Review

Greetings!

Are you ready for the annual portfolio review?  It is that time of year again.  Remember that if you have questions or are unsure what to send, your advisor is ready to help.  You can also call 1-800-882-2828 with some quick questions.  We want to make sure that you feel supported in every way as you finalize the year of study.  Also consider teaming up with the student.  We would welcome as much student contact as possible during the portfolio review season.

The Portfolio Review:

Here are 5 important items to include in the portfolio, 6 if you are sending evidence for self-designed courses.
The Homeschool Transcript:  This document lists all the courses studied this year, along with the credit amounts earned and the grades reported in percentage figures.  A parental signature on this form makes it official.

  1. The Summary Sheet:  This form also lists the courses studied but then goes on to explain the resources used and the method of grading.  Both the transcript and the summary sheet forms can be downloaded from the NARHS website.  Click on the downloads tab and scroll down.
  2. The Log book:  Every self-designed class requires a log of hours in order to receive credit, and the NARHS Log Book is a great way to do just that.  The log book is a source of much information about the student's study habits.  Are the records kept regularly?  Is the student faithful in keeping a running total of the hours logged for self-designed courses?   Were the studies of some courses interrupted?   Did the course start or finish in the middle of the year?   Our study of the log book can tell us a lot about the student's study habits or the ups and downs for the academic year.
  3. The Evidence:  For every course listed on the home school transcript, there should be enough evidence to support the amount of study completed that warranted the credit awarded.  If a physical science course was graded on the average of chapter tests, then all tests should be included in the evidence.  If the course is called a "lab science" then there should be at least 12 lab write-ups in the evidence.
  4. The course descriptions for all self-designed courses:  Under the NARHS downloads tab, there is an example and a form for writing course descriptions.  Basically, the course description should include details about what concepts or skills were learned, resources used, the method of evaluating the course and the hours logged.  Since self-designed courses can be more challenging to grade, ask you advisor for recommendations on the grading tools or forms that might best equip you.
  5. A check to cover return postage.

Some families send return labels instead. That works as well for us.   Now that the U.S. post office provides tracking information, we feel confident in using their services along with Fedex or UPS.

For those of you working with Maureen Martin as your advisor, send your portfolio to this address if mailing through USPS:
P.O. Box 14
Farmington, Maine 04938

If sending to Maureen through UPS or FedEx use this address:
120 Voter Hill Road
Farmington, Maine 04938

For all other advisors, send the portfolio to:
NARHS office   attn: ____________
14 S. 6th Ave.
Yakima, WA 98902

We look forward to hearing from you!