portfolio picnic

The end of year portfolio picnic is time for each lower school student to share their portfolio. Families gather on blankets scattered around the garden, eating good food and looking at their child's portfolio. 

This was my first year seeing the portfolio picnic, and I was touched by the care children took in 'reading' the stories of their year at school to their families.

It was especially lovely to see the attention everyone gave to the children and their work. Families spread out across the garden, taking time to chat and smile at each other, but really focusing on listening to the children, and seeing the many examples of learning the children had gathered into their portfolios.

these cookies look a lot like the pictures in G's portfolio
happy teachers

big, big sandwiches

happy families




good times


  1. This is a really beautiful year end ritual your school has. I'm sort of dreading the very traditional "graduation" scheduled for next week and am quite envious of this relaxed, joyful end of the year experience. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Anna - You capture this SO beautifully!! I, too, was touched by the absolute engagement of the children and their parents. I loved walking amongst the blankets and having not a single person look up, distracted by my passing. I have never been so happy to be ignored!

  3. One of the loveliest educational endeavors I've seen in a long time. Really sweet: creating memories by looking at memories!

  4. Debbie WeinbergerJuly 12, 2011 at 12:04 PM



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