This post is sponsored by Reading Portfolio. While I was compensated for my time and with free product, all opinions are 100% my own. You can read my full disclosure here.
As a parent, one of my concerns has always been how the educational decisions we have made for our family will affect our children’s ability to get into college. Regardless of school choice, as parents we all want what is best for our kids, right?
Our oldest is now 15 and thoughts about college are frequently on my mind. And if I’m honest, our choice to homeschool through high school causes me to sometimes to question whether we’re setting our teen up for success or not.
We’re always on the lookout for opportunities that will help build a strong homeschool transcript. One way to do this is by keeping a reading portfolio to track the books our teen is reading.
Building Your Teen’s Reading Portfolio
Having a list of all the books your high school student has read during their school career is an excellent way to show that they have been exposed to good literature and are well-read. For this reason, I maintain an annual list of what my teen has read in our records. But I am really excited about the new online program, Reading Portfolio.
Reading Portfolio is designed to help parents and students keep track of independent reading with verified proof of comprehension. This is a great way for homeschool teens to build a reading portfolio for college admissions.
Created for students 13 and up, Reading Portfolio credits students for every book they read and every quiz they pass on their site. This allows students to build a score based on their reading history and comprehension for college applications.
Here’s a quick video walking you through the quiz process:
What I Like About Using Reading Portfolio
- The site navigation and quizzes are easy to use.
- Homeschool students have a verified reading list for college applications from an outside party.
- It allows me to gauge reading comprehension.
- The quizzes keep my student accountable.
- The book list gives me additional ideas for independent reading.
- Reading Portfolio is affordable!
A one year subscription to Reading Portfolio is just $15.95 or you can choose a ten year subscription for only $24.95.
Each time your student takes a quiz, the session is recorded on video. I have to admit that I wasn’t too keen on the idea at first. But, the videos are just used to confirm students are not cheating and are deleted after being spot checked by Reading Portfolio staff.
Not all the books on my teen’s reading list are available on Reading Portfolio. However, there were still plenty of books that my student has read and will be reading to begin growing his verified reading list. As the site grows, I’m sure the book list will as well.
Reading Portfolio Giveaway
Interested in giving it a try? Through 8/27/15 (11 pm EST), 25 readers will win a one year subscription to Reading Portfolio.
And if you purchase a subscription to Reading Portfolio and win the giveaway, you will receive a refund.