You bring your portfolio over to my home (in Peterborough, NH) and I go over it right there with you. I do have a brief Information Sheet for you to fill out - nothing too complex, it just helps me spell your names correctly! Depending on how organized you are, I might have questions--not really a formal interview, but often families do more than they quantify in a homeschool portfolio , or things are poorly labeled, and I'd hate to short-shrift you. If your student is present, I try to ask them questions or involve them in some way, lest they be stuck sitting there for a half-hour or more doing nothing. If I have concerns, I tend to discuss them with you rather than include them in the official evaluation letter.
I schedule evaluations assuming 50 minutes for one or two students and 80 minutes for larger families. A confident mom with one student and a neatly organized portfolio will be out of here in a half hour. A mom with a thousand questions, four kids, and a box of books and papers will take a lot longer. (And, of course, if a disorganized parent of two arrives 30 minutes late, evaluations simply aren't possible. This is where we reschedule and an "appointment fee" kicks in.) A copy of my current teaching certificate is available upon request.
While portfolios are typically evaluated sometime in May or June, it's best to call for an appointment in the early Spring -- it can be very encouraging to have a "last day of school" to aim for when the spring fever sets in! Please remember that all New Hampshire homeschoolers are required to keep a student portfolio for two years and, if you are using portfolio evaluation to comply with New Hampshire homeschool law, you must have your student's portfolio evaluated “annually.”
If you don't live near Peterborough, this might be a great option for you. A homeschool portfolio evaluation can be as convenient as a trip to your local post office!
Do you and your friends all need homeschool portfolio evaluations ? Looking to save some driving? Get a group together and I'll come to you!
What does a homeschool portfolio look like? If you need some ideas, this is the place to start. You'll also find a minimal statement of expectations.
Standard Evaluations are written right while you're sitting in my office and then sent home with you. These fulfill the law without "over sharing."
Deluxe Evaluations are typed summaries with considerably more detail. These are mailed within a few days of your appointment.
Families often wonder if they're doing this "right." Truth? homeschool portfolios come in many shapes and sizes! Check out these random examples : )