Kids LOVE to get letters back from their parents! Here are some tips I always share with my parents:
- If you don't send the journals, they can't do it! This is a really fun way to encourage reading and writing. PLEASE write back to your child and send journals back to school!
- Remember that this is being read by a beginning reader! Use your NICEST printing. The kids gain reading practice with this activity. Cursive makes this impossible with little guys.
- Kids should write to someone in their house, so they can write back. Sometimes my journals are missing for weeks because a student decided to write to his grandma and left the journal at her house.
To make the journals, I print covers on colored paper and laminate. The back cover has a word bank with words kids commonly use in their journals. I have two types of pages for the inside - primary lined for the kids to use and regular lines for parents. I print kids on the front and parents on the back. My journals have 34 pages in them. We are usually done with them a couple weeks before school gets out. I find this nice because the end of the year can be hectic and it is nice to have something DONE. I use a binding machine to bind the book and E6000 to glue the binding comb shut.
These make sweet keepsakes to send home at the end of the year. They take about 20-30 minutes a week, but are great reading and writing practice.
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Please let me know if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions about Family Response Journals. Have a great week, friends!