Homeschool Portfolios

This post is just a few months old, but it’s one of the most popular here.


Some states require extensive homeschool portfolios be maintained to ensure parents are complying with regulations.

Other states are fairly lenient, but many parents still like to keep a portfolio to document a child’s work and progress.

In my quest to become a better portfolio parent, I decided to share the bounty of links I found.


Homeschool Essentials:  The Portfolio – Great breakdown on getting a portfolio started

Donna Young’s Homeschool Portfolio Planner – A great assortment of printables to help you get started

Homeschool Portfolio Evaluations Shouldn’t Be Scary! – Q&A about portfolios

Homeschool Portfolios – How one mom puts together her portfolio

Homeschool Portfolios – An extensive list of what this mom includes in portfolios

Homeschool Portfolio – Complete with editable PDF printables

Recordkeeping:  Portfolio & Grades – Includes ideas of what to include for each subject

Creating a Homeschooling Portfolio – A PA mom’s guide to creating a portfolio

Preparing a Homeschool Portfolio – Another guide to creating a portfolio

How to Create a Homeschool Portfolio – A list of essentials to include

8 Benefits of Creating Homeschool Portfolios – A list of the benefits of having a portfolio

Creating, Maintaining, and Presenting a Homeschool Portfolio – This takes from the beginning to the end of the process

Preparing the Homeschool Portfolio – Another list of items to include

Homeschool Portfolio 1, 2, 3 – Great step-by-step process with lots of pictures

How to Make a Homeschool Portfolio – More great pictures

How to Make a Homeschool Portfolio – Tab ideas and scrapbooking suggestions

Create the Perfect Homeschool Portfolio – Another mom’s way of doing things

Keeping a Homeschool Portfolio for High School – A list of high school specific ideas

Homeschool Portfolios:  Evaluation Checklist and More – Includes a link to a free checklist

A Homeschool Portfolio – An extensive post about this family’s homeschool portfolio

Homeschool Planning

This was originally posted in July, 2011.  It’s by far the most popular post on Sweet Phenomena.


This is the first post in a new series about homeschool planning.  I’m by no means an expert, and I definitely copy and tweak the work of others often, but I think that it is absolutely OK to do that!  As I plan our next school year, I thought I’d share with you what I do.  You can find the second post in the series here.  Here are posts three, four, and five.

It’s homeschool planning time for many of us!  Tons of posts, tweets, and status updates revolve around this task right now.

This series will take a look at some of my favorite homeschool planning posts, some of the tools available to tackle the planning, digging in and getting started, staying the course, and putting the final touches on your system.

If you’re anything like me, you love looking through the posts of others, eagerly looking for anything useful for your own situation.  Below are some of the posts I’ve found as I’ve searched for ways to plan our homeschool year.

These are just a small portion of what’s out there!  Hopefully you’ll find something that will get your creative planning juices flowing and give you an idea of what you want to do so you know where to start.

Do you have any posts about homeschool planning you’d like to share?  Leave them in the comments, I’d love to check them out!


It’s Summer, Baby!


It’s summertime.

My favorite season.

Yeah, boy, it’s summertime…

And you know, while I enjoy hanging here with you guys, I also enjoy hanging with my family.  We had a rough {in a good way I guess, busy-wise} year, and I just want to hang out and prepare for our next school year.

I want to eat watermelon and pick blueberries {maybe, possibly; it’s really freaking hot outside} and read books and more.

To that end, I’ll be bringing you some of the best {according to you guys!} of Sweet Phenomena from the past {almost!!!!} two years.

I have a few reviews I need to catch up on and post, so they’ll be here too, but for the most part, I’m going to enjoy my summer with my family!

Peace out, yo.  I’ll see you on the flipside.


Just Keep Swimming…

Sometimes, that’s what I feel like my life is like; I need to just keep swimming.

Keep going.  Just keep going, otherwise, you’ll get rolled.

Know what, though?  That’s not too fun.  When you realize all you’ve done is work, and write, and clean, and on and on, you realize how little fun you’ve had.

I like to read.  I like to write stuff I want to write.  I like to clean stuff that I want to clean.  I like to watch TV.

Someone recently gently reminded me that I needed to stop doing so much.  I didn’t like that, because well, I fancy myself Super Mom.

I decided to take heed though.  Well, somewhat.

I’ve been reading books.

I’ve been planning our next homeschool year {SO fun, can’t wait to share some stuff}.

I started a photography course.

I attempted to complete a little project with Babydoll {we were making bones from plastic molds}.

I dusted my living room.  Don’t ask me how long it’s been since I did that.

I folded AND put away laundry.

I sat outside and read.

I’ve blogged stuff I wanted to say, not what I needed to say.

I think it’s so easy for us to get caught up in everything and feel like we have to keep swimming just to keep up.

I urge you to take a step back, breathe, and do what you want to do.

After all, if Mama ain’t happy, nobody’s happy…