In the front of the portfolio I always put:
a copy of the PA homeschool law
a copy of my affadavit and objectives
my attendance sheet with my 180 days marked off
my child's book log
a copy of their standardized test results if required
Then in each subject section, I type out an overview of what we did, main lesson blocks, and include my list of books used. I don't include tons of samples of works-- usually I just represent the beginning, middle, and end of the year. But I tend to be a minimalist and only do the exact letter of the law. Other homeschoolers feel the more they give the state, the better.
I've done this for 3 years now in PA and haven't had a problem yet.
As the site says:
These guides are put together by Nancy Plent, founder of the Unschoolers Network in New Jersey and a long-time homeschooler. She reviewed the scope and sequence charts and curriculum guides of dozens of schools in various states, then combined the highest standards of elements from each to create these guides. Why purchase these curriculum guides? 1) They may help you to fulfill your state's legal requirement to provide an educational plan 2) They allow you to see some of the highest standards for schools at various grade levels, just in case you are curious about what the schools expect or are anxious about what you are doing 3) They provide record-keeping space that can help organize a portfolio.
Besides providing a checklist under each subject, Nancy offers suggestions on how to translate real-life experience into curricula goals. She also lists resources from a variety of companies. Each guide covers two or more grade levels. The first four are in comb binding, while the high school guide is in a 3-ring binder.
BTW, our state doesn't require reporting, but I still want to use these guides.
Created an instant family (7/89 and 5/91) in 1997. Made a baby boy 12/05 adopted a baby girl 8/08. Ask me about tandem adoptive nursing. Now living as gluten, dairy, cane sugar, and tomato free vegetarians. Homeschooling and loving it.
homeschooling mama to DD 10 & DS 7