I also wanted to show you guys what I have been working on the past two days...take home folders. Our principal has always given us planners for the kids, so I never had to worry too much about this. I was able to record their behavior for the day and communicate with parents all in one book. Unfortunately I'm not getting planners this year, so I had to come up with something that will work for me!
Here is what I've decided to do:
I used Deanna Jump's idea for the P.I.R.A.T.E. folder and made a label to go on the front.
The small label shows a picture of the behavior chart (my pirate-themed one) from the classroom, and our classroom rules. I will color (or write the letter) for where the student's clip was that day on the chart. If they broke a rule, I will also write the number for the rule they broke. I want parents to initial the calendar every night.
Here is an example of what the calendar will look like:
|This student had great days except on Thursday, the 30th. I wrote a "1" because they did not follow directions. Parents should initial this every night.|
I think I will really like having this visual for several months at a time! On the label I wrote letters next to the behavior chart because I understand that some days I'm in a big hurry and might not have time to mark everyone's calendar with a highlighter/marker.
Behind the calendar will be a pocket sheet with a sign for important papers. This is where I will put permission forms, things to sign, etc.
Behind that I made pages for parent communication. I like having all of this in one place!
I'm still trying to decide about this one. I really don't want to go out and buy a class set of pencil bags, so I'll probably use baggies. This is where students will put money and other important items that could easily fall out of the folder. I folded over the bottom of a large baggie and punched holes through it so it wouldn't tear as easily.
Finally, in the back pocket I will have a place for papers that need to stay home! Flyers, letters, etc.
So there it is! I plan to make between 25-30 folders so I don't have to worry if one gets lost, or if I get a new student. It's just nice to have those kinds of things ready to go!