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    By Julianne

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    You should have a copy of your daily schedule, homework policy and grading policy available. We usually print out these items and leave them out at each student desk for the parents to pick up. That way anyone who doesn't make the open house can have their copies sent home with their child later. We leave out copies of any texts we will be using in the classroom and examples of the reading books we use in class.

    We've done a number of special activities for the parents and students. My favorite was having them decorate a homework folder with stickers, markers, etc. We took the finished folders and laminated them. The students were more careful with these "special" folders than with the regular ones we usually use. Another fun activity would be to have parents and students begin a response notebook where parent, student and teacher could jot notes about school when the need arises. Have the parents write a short note to their child describing what they hope their child will learn this year. Have the student write a note telling what they hope to learn. Then have them exchange notes and discuss what they read there. Pairs could then volunteer to share what they have written. I've not done this in a long time as I teach first grade and the little ones don't have the necessary skills for this activity at the beginning of the year. But it worked great when I had fourth grade.

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