At the beginning of this College Prep series, I suggested designating a drawer in which to put everything your child does in high school. That was so you would have everything in one place when it came time to put together your child’s portfolio. Now you see why it’s so important!
If you are naturally organized—unlike me—you may want to add certificates, papers, tests, newspaper articles, and the like to the three ring binder portfolio immediately. However if you are like me, you’ll toss things in the drawer and once a year—usually in the summer—you’ll spend a few hours organizing everything into the binder.
So how do you create a portfolio? What should you include and how should it be organized?
A large 3-ring binder
A package of page protectors
Your tabs should be labeled with the following:
The rest of the binder will be designated for actual schoolwork. For each course taken include on a cover sheet with this information: Your child’s name, course name and description, assignments and topics covered, time started and finished, first semester grade/second semester grade, all texts and books used, as well as several samples of your child’s work/tests.
Anything that’s not included in one of the areas of above will be put here. You can include anything your child does as a hobby as well (birding, woodworking, movie making, gardening).
Putting together the portfolio can be really encouraging for your child. Even if he never shows it to a college admissions counselor, he can look through it and be proud of his accomplishments and the character he demonstrated in attaining his goals. Most importantly, you and your child can give thanks and glory to God for His faithfulness and leading along the journey.
Read on to learn more about preparing for college.
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