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Primary Portfolio


Elementary Planner and Portfolio
for Elementary Students (ages 8-12)

A Planner/Portfolio can be used for students between 8-12 as a tool for organizing time, setting goals, and recording achievements. Parents and students may use the planner during weekly mentor meetings as they plan learning activities for the week.  It is a great tool for evaluating progress and recording achievements.  The information collected in this binder will be invaluable when students are preparing resumes and applying for post high school education. 


Planner Supplies:   One 3 Ring Binder,  Divider tabs (three sets of 5 tabs), Printed copies of the forms.

Scrapbooking supplies:  Eleven  1"  3 ring binders with blank white paper and lined white paper. (Students may continue to use notebooks already created during their Primary years if available.)   Students may use color pencils, map templates, computer-generated reports and graphics, word-processing, and other media to create their literature, science and history textbooks. 

Portfolio/Planner Organization

Section 1:  5 Page Dividers


1.  Learning Goals:   Make copies of the following forms to put in this section.  Parents and students may use the Quarterly Goals paper to discuss goals and learning experiences for the next three months.  Include goals in each of the areas of Heart, Might, Mind and Strength.  Students are encouraged to consider all activities they participate in including Youth Achievement programs such as Scouting, 4-H, Religious achievement programs, etc.   The 3 Month Calendar may be used to assist with scheduling and the Weekly compass may be used to plan more detail into the weekly plan. 
 
                                          Weekly Compass (Individual)

                                          Quarterly Goals (Individual)

                                          3 Month Calendar (Individual)


2.  Evaluations:  The following Participation Achievement Record may be included in this section.   Students record their achievements on this form when they have been completed.    If parents choose to have any developmental or diagnostic testing done at this age, they may also include a summary of test results in this section.

                                            Achievement Record Junior 

3.  Experiences/Activities:  This section of the portfolio is to record learning experiences such as field trips, camps, concerts, etc.  Pictures are  a great way to enhance this section of the portfolio and offer a visual summary of children's growth and learning. 

                                        Experiences/Activities Form

4.  RSLL Charts:   This section is used to maintain a list of Reading, Service, Leadership, and Life Skills.  If your family is participating in the Well-Educated Heart program from Libraries of Hope, they may use this section to track their reading from year to year as they rotate through the Story Resource Guide.  
  

                                      Reading Log - Books

                                      Reading Log - Poetry

                                      Reading Log - Short Story


                                      Reading Logs for the Well Educated Heart Program

                                      (you may consider copying each file on a different color of pastel paper to find them                                                    easily in your binder)

                                      Nature, Art, and Music Series Reading Log 

                                      Story Hour Series Reading Log 

                                      Freedom Series Reading Log

                                      World History Stories Reading Log


                                       Service Log

                                       Leadership Log


                                       Life Skills check list - Household chores

                                       Life Skills check list - Laundry

                                       Life Skills check list - Table setting


5.  Awards/Recognition:  This section is to record any awards or recognition that children may receive.  The Log file below is to list the awards.  Achievement certificates may also be presented at recognition evenings every three months.  Parents may design these on 8 1/2 x 11 paper to fit easily into the binder.   

                                     Awards/Recognition Log 


Section 2:  5 Page Dividers 


Core Courses:  This section may be used to store the Benchmark Achievements for each subject in this age group. Reading lists may also be printed and included in the Language Arts Section 


1.  Religion  Families are encouraged to identify some benchmark achievements in Religious Studies that are consistent with family religious preferences. 


2.  History


Benchmark Achievements for Elementary History


3.  Math


Benchmark Achievements for Elementary Mathematics


You may consider making a copy of the table of contents of your student's math book to use for recording math scores and tracking achievements. 


4.  Science


Elementary Science skills:



5.  Language Arts


Benchmark Achievements for Elementary Language Arts


Reading List (ages 8-12)


Section 3:  5+Page Dividers


Elective Courses (5+ page dividers).   This section may include: 
  • Project sheets from Liberty's Hope courses (Knights and Ladies of Liberty)
  • Scouting, 4-H, or other youth achievement programs
  • Private music lessons/performing arts experiences
  • Community sports participation
  • Foreign Language Skills
  • Internships/ Apprentice opportunity

Student Created Educational Textbooks - Elementary

Student created educational textbooks are a great item to include in their portfolio.  Simply keep the completed notebooks for students to share.  Recommended textbooks for students between 8 and 12 years are:  Memory Gems, Literature Gems, Around the World, and Our Beautiful World scrapbook projects recommended by Well-Educated Heart. 


Memory Gems (Age 4+):  Contains poetry or other works that you have memorized or are memorizing, starting with Mother Goose for little ones. Not organized in any specific way.  Self-illustrated. 

Literature Gems (Age 4+)
           Alphabetical divider tabs, arrange pages alphabetically by title of book or story.
           Each page includes title, author, when book was written, time and setting of story. You can also add a brief line about plot. Self-illustrated, 
                      use shrunk down illustrations from books, or just add designs for color.
            Include stories or books that have ‘gems’ you want to hold on to.

The Story of the World (Age 8+)
           Two types of pages: People and Events.
           Create landing pages that are arranged chronologically by birth year or beginning of event year. Use divider tabs for significant event pages.
           Each landing page includes: name at top of page, birth year in right hand corner followed by death year, country of birth and country most
           associated with, if different, brief statement of most notable accomplishment(s) underneath name. Wikipedia is a quick resource for that.
           Picture sources: illustrations from old textbooks, fine art images, shrunk down illustrations from old children’s books.

I Love America
           Similar to the Story of the World notebook but all entries are related to the discovery, colonization, and establishment of America. 
           Section 1:  The 50 States - Maps and Geography.  Click here for Notebook template 
           Section 2:  People and Events.
                      Create landing pages that are arranged chronologically by birth year or beginning of event year. Use divider tabs for significant 
                       event pages. Each landing page includes: name at top of page, birth year in right hand corner followed by death year, country of 
                       birth and US State most associated with.  Brief statement of most notable accomplishment(s) underneath name. Wikipedia is a quick
                       resource for that. Picture sources: illustrations from old textbooks, fine art images, shrunk down illustrations from old children’s 
                       books.

   

Science

         At this age, students are encouraged to create a separate binder for each of the science subjects.  They may work on these science textbooks for the next several years.  Students design and create their own cover page.  See Benchmark Achievements for science for topics to include in the following science notebooks. 


                     Physics

                     Chemistry

                     Geology

                     Botany

                     Astronomy

                     Zoology

                     Physiology


Student guidebooks for creating a textbook are also available from Kimber Curriculum:  http://textbookpublishers.net/catalog/subject/science-7.   
More ideas and resources for student created science textbooks may be found here:  http://www.hearthstoneplan.org/science


            

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