Daily communication is important between parents and their child about the day’s events, and between parents and me, the teacher.
I’m sure I am preaching to the crowd.
To help keep everyone on the same page and to create a system that is quick and effective for parents, my kinders have a daily folder.
In other words… creating RE-SPON-SI-BLE learners and teaching organization!
I have a color scheme running throughout my classroom and made coordinating labels for the front of each folder.
It has different sections to help keep things ready in a pinch and teach organization!
I use a bulletin board as my daily model of and students use it to know where papers go on a daily basis.
Okay let’s break this folder down into it’s sections.
Daily Folders Pockets
Papers to Go Home
It has an “empty” pocket. This pocket is designed for papers completed at school, newsletters, flyers, etc.
I ask parents to empty this section daily, if not weekly, so that the kinders have less to organize and keep track of.
These photographs from below are from labels I made a couple of years ago, so I’ve updated them since… but you get the idea.
Parent Communication Sleeve
It has a parent-teacher communication sleeve that is clear. This part my kinders are responsible for checking and filing papers, notes, etc. into daily if necessary.
This is a parent’s place to get a note to the me, place checks, order forms, etc. I often use this to send home notes, behavior notifications, conference set-ups, confirmations and questions for parents.
And I’ve just learned that these types of (affiliate) divider pockets are now available at the Dollar Tree online. So you can snag a class set inexpensively.
Monthly Documentation – Behavior & At Home Reading
I wanted to track behavior and at home reading on one sheet for the entire month. And I didn’t want those papers to get lost so here was my solution.
It has a calendar. It helps my kinders learn how to understand concepts of time, including the days of the week.
I feel it is my kinders’ responsibility to track their behavior at school daily here too. That’s what the little boxes are for surrounding each date. It has a book log to keep track of books read at home that I normally print on the reverse side. Great for documentation purposes!
On the back side of the calendar it has a book log to keep track of books read at home.
I’m excited about the book logs as each month they ask Common Core Standards based, quality questions in parent/kinder friendly ways to help them practice what we’re learning in school, at home.
Finally, It has a work section for any work to be completed
Sometimes my kinders had work to finish and they would keep it in this section of their folder. Once upon a time I gave a week-long homework sheet and it lived in this pocket all week long to be turned in on Fridays.
Daily Folders – Make Your Own
You can get your hands on the updated labels to create your own folders like these!
I’ve done the work for you so you just have to gather the materials and print.
If you like to print on labels, I’ve included an image of each one that you can drag and drop into Word or Publisher (wherever you make your labels) and you can make them fit the size label you want to use.
Giving my kinders their own organizational tool helps build re.spon.si.bil.it.y! How do like to give responsibility to your kinders?
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