I am a HUGE fan of family involvement in my classroom. Last year I felt like I didn’t do it as much justice as I usually do (other than reading homework every night).
SO this year I am trying something new. I have made 20 (so far) Family Involvement Journals. These journals range from a Backyard journal and Birthday journals to Family Traditions and Football journals.
A few of the journals have props that go with them such as a stuffed moose and dragon, a super hero cape, a chef’s hat, a magnifying glass, and various stories and books that relate to the journals.
I plan to keep them in a tub and allow the kids to pick which journals they would like to take home and share with their families. The birthday journal will be sent home on or near their birthday unless they have a summer birthday then they will get to choose when they take it home.
For easy handling and an easy way to keep the journal and props together I will put each journal in a clear plastic zip lock bag.
I have made 20 different labels and have bought the composition journals for .50$ each to glue the labels to. Spiral notebooks would work too, but I have found the composition type to be a little sturdier. I will cover the books and labels in clear contact paper to add a little extra protection.
Here are a few I have started and the tub I plan to put them in.
So there you have it my attempt at bringing a little more family involvement to my classroom, while meeting various ccs in literacy, math, and oral communication. You can find a couple of freebies when you download the preview and get the entire set here.
I am excited to introduce them to my kiddos. How many do you think want the “Super Hero” journal first? Maybe I should make duplicates….