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Teaching Reading K-2 Workshop.

Connecting School and Home: Put It Into Practice

Put It Into Practice

Publish a Newsletter

In this activity, you will design a parent newsletter to facilitate information sharing between teacher and parent.

One way to build strong home-school connections is to communicate frequently with parents about your literacy program and the progress of students. A parent newsletter can inform parents about specific projects, instructional practices, and materials that your students are engaged in throughout the year. This information can also provide a basis for parent questions in other forms of communication such as parent-teacher conferences, open house, and classroom visits.

Use the following Parent Newsletter format to model your own. You may want to use a simple publishing program to design your newsletter.

Parent Newsletter. Consider how often you will publish the newsletter.

What We're Learning

Describe the topic, theme, or curriculum unit the class is studying.

Describe any special projects the class is working on.

Explain literacy strategies and skills the class is practicing.

What We're Reading

List the book titles used for shared reading, guided reading, and read-aloud.

List some of the students' favorite books.

Our Work

Include student-writing samples that illustrate the literacy strategies and skills practiced in class.

Allow students to contribute to the newsletter with submitted work or ideas.

Suggestions for Parents

Provide home-reading and writing tips for parents.

Suggest home literacy activities to support learning in school.

Encourage parents to communicate further with you.

Encourage parents to contribute to the class with their time.

Important Events

Highlight important events in the class and school schedule (e.g., testing schedule).

Highlight upcoming events parents should attend (e.g., conferences, school plays).

Highlight opportunities for parents to become involved with the class and school (e.g., PTO meetings, reading with students).

Note: The newsletter should be accessible to all parents. In some situations, you may need to translate the newsletter into the parent's native language.

Assignment.

Submit a copy of your Parent Newsletter.

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