Home-School communication is KEY in our classrooms. My own classroom doesn’t start with report cards for our kindergarten friends until after the first of the year. Because of that, I try to make it a point to send off a quick, positive note each month to my parents just to give them a little insight on their child’s progress.
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I always have good intentions of sending a note off for each of my students every month, but, quite honestly, I can never remember which students I’ve sent to and I’m horrible about keeping track on any kind of record-keeping device. However, I came up with a great idea to solve this problem using Astrobrights and their amazing array of colored cardstock and papers.
Each month I have a different themed note card . . . one that is personalized with each students’ name. And I print each month on a different colored Astrobrights cardstock. Not only does the beautiful colors make the notes appealing and fun, but the color helps with organizing and keeping track of which notes I have already sent and which ones I still need to complete.
I keep all of my notes in a little tin like the one below. I found mine at Target.
It is super easy to see all the separate months when they are in the canister. So for instance, in September I printed my cards on Terrestrial Teal™ cardstock. When I took a look in my canister in late September, I could see that I still had a few Terrestrial Teal™ colored cards still in there.
When I pulled them out, there were the names of the student who I still had left to complete.
The color made distinguishing each month a breeze and personalizing each card meant I didn’t have to keep a log of who had been sent a card and who had not. I knew that as long as there weren’t any cards left in that month’s color, I had made all my communication notes for that month. It’s SO easy!
Of course, I want to share this colorful idea with you all. So all you have to do is sign up below and the free EDITABLE file can be yours. A note will be sent to your email confirming your email address and then the file will automatically download to your computer’s ‘download file.