Last year I created Communication Folders for each month to help keep my families informed and involved in the day to day happenings of the classroom.
I have to say that they were a hit! The support and involvement of my families was nothing but amazing.
Now with that being said I really need to figure out how to organize all of that information. As it stands now I have stacks of papers on the teacher workstation, NOT WORKING!!
So I created a Monthly Communication Folder Binder.
with monthly tabs. Each communication folder will be filled by month.
I will be placing all of my masters in sleeve protects, so that copies will come out clean each time.
You can download this item for free, pick your cover and make your tabs and the organizing fairy can sprinkle a little pixie dust on your desk too.
If you are looking for a way to build your family involvement you can purchase each months packets on Teachers Pay Teachers or Teachers Notebook. I also have a money savings CD that has all ten month worth of communication folders on it.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How do you send out the folders?
I place a bucket of folders by the Sign In/Out area. Each child has a folder in the bucket, parents and children look through the bucket until they find their folder. At the end of the week the parents or child place their folder back in the bucket.
What do you put in the folders for Homework that is age appropriate?
I have a mixed age group of children, each folder has the same information and homework in it. I have a connect four activity sheet that is designed for all ages of children. It has activities that will build on children's fine motor skills to activities that build vocabulary, math and language skills. All activities are fun and a hands on learning experiences. I also include activity sheets that will build on their school readiness skills in fun and meaningful way.
What do your folders look like?
I use the two pocket paper folders. On the outside of the folder is a cover page with child's name.
On the inside of the folder I tape numbers and color shapes
On the back cover I tape a sheet of the ABC. This information helps with the activities provided each week.
I'm Tami Sanders creator of Learning and Teaching with Preschoolers, a blog to help teachers create magical moments for the young.