I think all teachers can agree that a partnership needs to exist between parents and teachers in order to help children succeed. One way to build that partnership is by communicating with parents and keeping them informed.
Each year I target an area I want to focus in on and improve on. This year I chose parent communication. I’ve always kept my parents informed and up to date, but this year I really wanted to step it up and bring it to a whole new level.
I start this by handing out informational flip books on Meet the Teacher Night:
These are going to be a huge help because parents will have all the information about our classroom in one handout. A teacher on Instagram suggested adding some magnetic tape to the back of these so that parents can hang them up on the fridge to refer to throughout the year. Amazing idea!
After I sent out my updated Newsletters, I thought “wouldn’t it be nice to include a calendar on the back of this so parents can hang it up on the fridge?” So that’s how this set was born! Now parents can read the newsletter and then hang up the calendar to stay up to date.
I’m also using these calendars to keep track of interventions I do with specific children. This type of documentation is especially important during IEP meetings and parent conferences. You can also use them as behavior charts, for long range planning, agendas etc.
This is a sample of one of my March calendar: