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    By anne

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    I tend to do a newsletter for each theme. For example, when I do a big unit on Spiders for the month of Oct. I titles my newsletter:Spider Spectualar! I listed what we would be doing, voc., different skills we would be studying,etc. I also try to put some different activities that the students can do with their parents (or alone, or with another peer or older brother/sister). For example, during our spider unit, I introduced fact and opinion and in the newsletter I had an activity where the students seperated sentences into two stacks: fact or opinion. (I had typed the sentences on the newsletter, and all the kids had to do was cut and seperate.) I got alot of great feedback from parents. I also listed writing topics (related to spiders), that the students could work on at home. I listed web sites and had a wish list of supplies that we needed for this unit. Last year was my first year to do the newsletter, but because of the great commments from parents, I plan on doing it again. I don't have time to do it every week--that is why i liked doing it by theme. I also put a response form at the bottom of the newsletter that the parents can write comments, questions, remarks, etc. and cut off and return to me...that makes the communication more two-way. I was surprised how many parents responded!
    Good luck!
    anne


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