Families come in many forms. A good rapport with parents, siblings, and grandparents can make all the difference in building a classroom and school community. Here are some creative suggestions for reaching out to families through conferences, special events, and volunteer opportunities. Our contributors also share the challenges of communicating with parents, and what they've learned when they've failed to connect.
Brenda Power suggests formats for events that build stronger home-school connections.
Brenda Power and Ruth Shagoury use letters from home to learn about students and build community.
What does Andie Cunningham gets when she mixes pictures from the classroom, messages from families and poetry from teachers? A wonderful recipe for an Honor Book you’ll want to try with your own students.
Here’s a quick and easy family survey to send home with students.
Lisa Koch shares a parent's perspective of the damage too much emphasis on reading levels in the classroom does to her young son.
Do your books reflect the images of your learners' families and culture? Ruth Shagoury offers a booklist to explore the Arab and Persian world.
Ruth Shagoury lists a variety of books with languages and scripts far beyond the ABCs to connect school and home languages.
Stella Villalba uses the Photo Booth app to build stamina in a young English language learner, as well as reinforce the learning and practice at home.
Make it personal with these lovely design suggestions from "The Sisters" for bringing students' homes into your classroom.
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