My favorite product in my store...Preschool &Kindergarten Portfolio & Skills Assessments made EASY! It was A TON of work but totally worth it. It turned out AMAZING, if I do say so myself! Here it is. I should call this my SUMMER MADE IT because it has taken me all summer (and many summers before it)! EVERYTHING you need is included (except for the binders).
Need to track and assess your student’s skills and keep student portfolios in an easy and manageable way? This is it! Just print, assess, track on their individual page, and file! This will be my tenth year teaching which is crazy by itself and I have done student portfolios each year. Parents love them and I love them but they are a TON of WORK! After trying many different ways of doing them here is what I have found works best and is the easiest for me.
Portfolio Sections with Activity Pages & Charts (skills assessed): Identifies Letters (uppercase & lowercase), Identifies Letter Sounds, Rhyming, Writing Samples, Journals, Play Plans, Identifies Numerals, Identifies Shapes (2D & 3D), Counting (rote and one to one correspondence), Sorting, Patterns, Identifies Colors, Name Samples, Pencil Grasp, Drawing Shapes, Writing Letters, Writing Numbers, Cutting (lines, shapes), and Self Portraits.
Portfolios are a great tool to use at parent teacher conferences. You can show the families where the student began, where they are now, and where they are going. It is also a fabulous keepsake to send home at the end of the year to show how much the student has grown!
Here is a little bit about the student portfolios!
Making the Binders: I broke the portfolios up into sections. You pick what sections you want to include! Then I created dividers for each section. There are simple dividers or the dividers with development levels. I print my dividers into colored card stock. This way the sections stand out more and are easier to find. For example, last year all the student portfolio dividers were copied on yellow card stock.
Covers: Tons of cover choices! Boys, girls, color, and black line. Super cute right! You can print them on colored card stock or my favorite is to have the students color them. Your choice!
Did I mention I added EDITABLE binder covers for you too?
Dividers: Three sets of dividers are included. The first set is just simple, general dividers (Math, Writing, Fine Motor). The second set of dividers are more specific and it only has the name of the section. The last set of dividers has the name of the section as well as the development stages. Please note, I am using my school curriculum to make the development stages. Yours MAY be different than my curriculum so if they are use the simple dividers. If you want, you could copy your curriculum’s development sequence on the back of each simple divider.
Teacher Tips: Each section has a teacher tips page that explains the assessment options, tips, items needed, and a photo to ensure it will go smoothly for you in your classroom.
Portfolio Activity Pages: I created activity pages that I have used in the past and have worked well for my students. If you have different work samples or artifacts, absolutely add them to the portfolio to show a student growth and skill! Here are a few examples.
Charts: Some teacher like to use charts to assess so I also included them as a assessment choice in this product! Laminate all the assessment charts to use all year long. Add a file to the portfolio crate titled “charts” or keep them in your no prep assessment binder. You will always have them on hand when you need them! Put any pieces, student work pages, and flash cards with your binder or in the crate too.
Filing System: Once you begin assessing, the portfolio activity pages can pile up. What I do is make a file crate just for portfolios. I make each student a file with their name on it. I also add a file at the first file labeled “To Be Filed”. Lucky me, I have student or parent volunteers file the portfolio activity pages into each students file. Once I am done assessing all areas, I have a student or a parent volunteer put the contents of each students file into his/her portfolio.
I think this might be my favorite part....Individual Student Skill Sheets (2 pages, 1 page if you copy it front to back) – You can track each students’ individual skill level ALL year long on just two pages! The individual student sheets and portfolio activity pages/charts have the letters, numbers, and shapes in the same order. There are also four progress report options and whole class data charts!
You can assess students progress as much or as little as you want... you decide what works for you in your classroom! I asses students the first month of school then again each quarter (every 2/3 months).
Thank you for reading to the end! This was a long one.
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