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Senior Portfolio

Senior Planner and Portfolio
for Senior Students (ages 12-18)

A Planner/Portfolio can be used for students between 12-18 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:  Four 1"  3 ring binders with blank white paper and lined white paper. Divider tabs (4 sets of 10 tabs).  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

                                       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

Senior History Achievement Skills

3.  Math

Benchmark Achievements for Senior 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

Senior Science skills:

Light and Physics

Water and Chemistry





5.  Language Arts

Benchmark Achievements for Senior Language Arts

Reading List (ages 12-15)

Reading List (ages 14-18)

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 - Senior

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 12 and 18 years are:  

                           Language Arts:  Memory Gems and Literature Gems

                           Science:    Physics, Chemistry, Geology, Astronomy, Botany, Zoology, Physiology

                           History:  Old World History, Middle East and European History, American History

                           Optional:  The Life and Ministry of Jesus Christ,  Religion in America 


Memory Gems (Age 4+):  Contains poetry or other works that you have memorized or are memorizing, starting with Mother Goose for little ones. As students get older, they may use this notebook to record and illustrate their favorite quotes, poems, and paragraphs that they have memorized or want to commit to memory.   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.

History Notebooks

           The Hearthstone History program for history includes 10 Anchor dates for each period of history.  We recommend a separate notebook for
            each historical period:  Old World History, Middle East and European History, and American History.  Each notebook should be divided with
            10 divider tabs with an Anchor Date written on each tab.  Students will include maps, illustrations, reports, and research papers associate 
            with events and people connected with that anchor date.         


        Students are encouraged to continue to work on their student created textbooks for each of the science subjects.  Students design and create their own cover page.  See Benchmark Achievements for science for topics to include in the following science notebooks. 








Student guidebooks for creating a textbook are also available from Kimber Curriculum:   
More ideas and resources for student created science textbooks may be found here:


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