Before the beginning of each month, teachers can send home a monthly communication form to identify skills and themes that will be focused on in the upcoming four weeks. This provides parents with an overview of what their children will be learning. Parents will be able to provide opportunities for exposing students to these skills naturally at home, making the teachers task much more manageable and likely successful. Themes for the month, special events, parent visitation days and special materials a child may need to bring to class that month can also be included in these monthly communication forms.
Creating a Monthly Communication Form
To create a monthly communications form, identify the following headings followed with the description for the month: morning circle themes, reading skills, writing skills, color of the month, science skills, social studies skills, health and physical education activities, social skills focus, interactive skills focus, special items your child needs. Include any other item that is part of the daily plan at your school. Then, attach a monthly school calendar to this monthly form. The calendar should identify the lunch served each day, days off, parent meetings or visits and special days that celebrate a specific person, event or topic(poetry day, Johnny Appleseed's birthday, show and tell day, etc...).