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Do you send a newsletter home to your parents? Hopefully, you do and if you don’t…then I think I can help you out! Newsletters are a great way to touch base with parents and let them know what is going on in your classroom and if you send it consistently on the same day, then they know to expect it and it helps alleviate your inbox from being over run.

I had a principal tell me once that it’s always good to be ahead of the questions, and I feel like a newsletter is a great way to do that. It’s also a great way to inform parents of things that you are teaching in your classroom so they can be working on those skills at home as well. You can also include class birthdays and reminders for parents. I tried sending my newsletter home on Friday that was for the following week.

Here is an example of what I will send home on a weekly basis to my parents.

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If you are looking for an easy way to start using and sending newsletters, here is a template for you to start using! I made this as SIMPLE as I possibly could for you. All you have to do is insert text boxes.

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In PowerPoint, this is what it looks like.

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Once you click that, click where you want to insert your text.

It’s not going to look exactly like mine unless you have the same fonts that I do since it’s going to be opened in PowerPoint. I am LOVING Babbling Abby’s fonts right now! The one I have in my newsletters (not going to lie I totally changed them before I posted because they are SO freaking cute!!!) are Babbling Whitney and Babbling Elizabeth (duh).

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Unfortunately, I can’t share the clip-art or cute fonts with you but here is some super cute ones that you can find on TpT if you don’t just want to use Microsoft images.

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Upgrade your Kindergarten Homework and make it easier for YOU! This e ditable monthly homework  pack the perfect addition to your homework folders. It provides simple tasks to reinforce concepts that are being taught in school.

There is 1 page for each month of August through June. Thats  1 1 Newsletters  to send home through the year! Simply print it out and send it home for the month! For each month, there are 16 activities to help build the whole child.

Included on each Monthly Homework Newsletter:

  • Activities to build comprehension
  • Ways to count around the house and help build number sense
  • Movement activities to build gross motor skills
  • Writing ideas
  • Social Activities to encourage Social Emotional Learning

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  • 11 Not Editable Pages with prewritten activities for students during the month
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  • 12 months of editable  weekly homework newsletter templates.

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Editable Weekly Newsletter Template

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This resource has the newsletter template in 52 themes, so you can have different seasonal clip art on your homework newsletter EVERY WEEK of the school year.

It also includes TWO files: one with Monday-Thursday columns and one with Monday-Friday columns.  ***Please note that in order to provide consistent communication between school and home, you are receiving the SAME 2 templates (Mon-Fri & Mon-Thurs) with clip art for every week of the year.***

Home and school communication is so important! This editable template is the perfect tool for weekly communication about homework, news, and calendar events/updates.

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Seasonal themes include:, august/september.

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Printable Newsletters for Preschool

Preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten printable classroom newsletters.

Printable and Editable Classroom Newsletters for Preschool and Kindergarten

As teachers it is our job to keep parents informed about what is happening in the classroom.

Using a classroom newsletter will help:

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  • Increase attendance at parent-teacher conferences
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  • Keep your parents informed of classroom and school news
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Printable Newsletters for Preschool

There are many ways to communicate and share classroom information with parents, the most popular method is a weekly or monthly classroom newsletter. Many preschool and kindergarten teachers write classroom newsletters with varied results. The teachers who experience the most success with classroom newsletters are those who follow this simple formula:

  • Send classroom newsletters on a consistent basis. Either weekly or monthly but always on the same day.
  • Break up text into small, bite-sized chunks using text boxes.
  • Use clip-art to add meaning to the text and make the newsletter more appealing to your readers, this will also help your parents who are not native English speakers.
  • Introduce and explain the newsletter to the parents at your open house or orientation event and show examples.
  • Publish exciting news about individual students in your newsletter to engage your audience (birthdays, honor roll, thank you)
  • Keep electronic copies of all newsletters so you can re-use clip-art and ideas from year to year.
  • Never write your newsletters by hand.

Printable Classroom Newsletters for Pre-K and Kindergarten

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The 119 page Newsletter Packet in PDF includes templates for each month of the year including June, July, and August. The templates are in PDF and include fillable fields so you can type in your own text to personalize the newsletters.

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What You Should Include in Your Weekly Parent Newsletter

What You Should Include in Your Weekly Parent Newsletter

If you’re required to send home a weekly newsletter to update parents on your classroom, you might be wondering what to include. Or, if you just want to keep your students’ parents in the loop, you might be trying to figure out what to say. Here are the top things I recommend including in newsletters to parents.

Things to Remember About a Classroom Newsletter

Before we get into what to include in your parent newsletter, here are a few things to keep in mind. A weekly newsletter should be a helpful tool for parents . If it’s not helpful to parents, there’s no point. Here are five things to keep in mind when creating your class newsletter.

1. Keep It Brief

First, parents are busy, just like you. It’s great to give details, but it’s best to keep things as short and sweet as possible. No parent wants to read a 25 paragraph newsletter. Before you start writing, think about what’s most important and focus on that.

2. Emphasize Important Information

It’s great to also make it easier for parents by bolding , underlining , or highlighting important part of your newsletter. This helps those parents who skim it (eh hem- me) see what is most important. However, don’t over do it. If you emphasize every other sentence, it stops helping.

3. Use a Consistent Format

I’ve also found it’s extremely helpful to use a consistent format. This makes it easier for parents to find the information they need. It also makes it much easier to write. I personally use a template that I created in a googledoc. I copy it each week, remove the old info, and add the new. This means I never (well, rarely) forget anything important.

4. Keep It Positive

Sometimes frustrating things come up in the classroom that you need to address in your newsletter. As much as you might want to get your annoyance across, it’s much more effective to keep things positive. For example, instead of lamenting that students have been bringing in cookies and cake and candy for snack, you can instead kindly remind parents what the school snack policy is. Then, offer suggestions of acceptable options. Also, if there’s an issue with just one or two students, email them separately. No one likes to be CCed on an email that is clearly only about 1 or 2 people.

Lastly, teachers are busy, but so are parents. I recently saw a conversation in a teacher facebook group. A teacher was frustrated that a parent emailed asking for information that was sent out in the last newsletter. Many of the teachers were telling the teacher to ignore the email and not even respond, passive aggressively resend the original email with FYI, or send the info but lecture the parent about reading the newsletter. This does not sit well with me as both a teacher and a mom.

Listen, I get it. Truly, I do! As teachers, we are working super hard and we have enough on our plates. However, parents are also working hard. Shaming them is the worst way to encourage them to be involved in their child’s education . They might have a few kids, a full time job, and an inbox full of emails. Instead of making a parent feel bad and risk creating unnecessary bad feelings, we can instead be kind and helpful. If a parent emails and asks for info that you’ve already shared, go with something like this. “Hi! Parent teacher conferences are on the 14th. I sent it out in the last newsletter, but I know it can be hard to keep track of things sometimes. Let me know if you have a hard time finding the details, and I’d be happy to resend it. Hope that helps!”

What Should You Include in Your Parent Newsletter

So, now that we know how to write our newsletter, let’s dive into what to include. Here are 5 things to include in your classroom newsletter.

Important Dates and Announcements

The very first thing I always include in my newsletter is a list of important dates and announcements. Sure, parents might have the school calendar, but that doesn’t mean that they realize next Friday is an in-service day. I typically share any important dates or announcements that will take place in the next month. Most things will stay in that area until they take place. This cuts down on the number of emails asking when report cards come out or how long spring break is.

What You Just Learning

We all know children often respond with “nothing” when they’re asked what they’re learning in school. So, the second thing I included is what students have learned and focused on that week. I teach in an IB school , so I include a short paragraph for each subject: ELA, math, and Inquiry (which is transdisciplinary and encompasses social studies, science, and more).

I also create a google photos folder to share pictures of our learning with parents. Because I live in Europe where I need to be very aware of privacy issues due to GDPR, I never share faces and these photos are only for parents.

I have been told by a number of parents how much they love to hear about and see what their children are learning. It also feels really good to write about what we’ve done at the end of each week. It often helps me realize just how much growth and learning has taken place. And, it helps me reflect on what worked, what didn’t and what I need to reteach as I write.

What You’re Learning Next

It is also helpful to include a little bit about what you’re teaching next week. I typically send out my classroom newsletter email on Friday. Sometimes my students come in on Monday and tell me “My mom and I researched space this weekend since we’re learning about it this week!” How great is that?

Links and Learning Tips

Another thing that parents have told me is super helpful in my classroom newsletter is when I share links and resources to support our learning at home. I often share videos that we’ve watched in class for phonics sounds , science concepts, or other things the kids were interested in. Sometimes I’ll share links to websites and games that they can check out at home. And lastly, when we’re learning a new spelling pattern or concept, I will give tips or tricks to help them understand how to support their child at home. For example, if we’re learning about place value, I’ll briefly explain (often with a picture) what units and tens are. This cuts down on parents being confused by “new math” or helps them understand how to support their child when they’re reading and writing a new sound or sight words .

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Although I am not a big fan of homework, I am currently required to give it to my students. ( Which makes me a big, ol’ liar. ) So, I make sure to explain the homework in my newsletter.

So there you have it: what to include in a parent weekly newsletter! That’s how I set up my classroom newsletter, and so far it’s worked fairly well for all involved. My parents are happy and informed, and I can use a template to make it a little easier on myself.

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Tips for Using Homework In Kindergarten

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How do you set up homework in kindergarten that is appropriate, fun, and meaningful? This seems to be the million dollar question among many kindergarten teachers. It is hard to know what is too much or too little all while making sure it’s engaging and developmentally appropriate! Keep reading for some food for thought as you make the homework decision for your own classroom.

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Should There Be Homework In Kindergarten?

When you first started out as a new kindergarten teacher , you likely noticed that there are two camps when it comes to homework in kindergarten: Those who like it and those who don’t! However, some districts require either daily or weekly homework, so you might need to regularly send work home no matter what camp you’re in.

I am a true believer in kids learning through play, and sometimes I think giving them the opportunity to play after school is MUCH more important than sitting down to do homework.

However, if you are required to send something home with your kinders or you DO like the idea of homework in kindergarten, let’s look at the positives!

Benefits Of Homework In Kindergarten

I used to dread assigning homework to young students and struggled with how to make it work. I learned over the years that there are some amazing benefits to having homework in kindergarten.

Grow in Responsibility

Sending work home for your students to work on after school can help teach them responsibility.

Homework isn’t all about academics, it’s also about helping students become responsible, lifelong learners. Teaching your students how to “be in charge” of something and take pride in it is an important life skill. They begin to learn that it feels good to do a good job and get work done on time!

I like to talk with my students about what it means to be responsible when doing homework. It means that you:

  • Put your name on your paper first
  • Complete all of the work on the page
  • Keep the paper looking neat
  • Check your work
  • Turn it into the appropriate place on time

Two completed pages of kindergarten homework where marker was used to complete the work.

Practice Problem Solving

Homework allows students to practice being problem-solvers at home as they work independently and blast through challenges.

We all know those students that come running to us at the sight or sound of any problem. As teachers, it is our instinct to help them, but allowing them to be challenged is a GOOD THING! Homework in kindergarten encourages your students to problem solve, whether they are at school or at home.

Since this is a skill your students are still developing, it’s helpful to prepare students for being more independent problem-solvers when they are working on their homework at home. This will help keep your students (and their families!) from becoming frustrated with the homework process. One way to do this is to model different problem-solving strategies during your daily routine. Some ideas are:

  • Reading or listening to the directions again
  • Looking at similar problems
  • Using anchor charts or posters around the room
  • Using manipulatives
  • Drawing a picture

Build Routines

Homework can provide a foundation for structure and routine as they progress through school.

By starting homework early on in their school years, you are helping to set up your students for success in the future. Having homework in kindergarten allows them to start learning and using those problem-solving strategies right away.

It is important to know your students, their abilities, and their families when assigning homework in kindergarten. You don’t want your students and their families to develop negative feelings toward having a routine of skill practice at home. You can avoid this by sending home developmentally appropriate homework that doesn’t place an undue burden on families.

3 “Musts” for Kindergarten Homework

Now that we know the benefits of homework in kindergarten, I am going to share my three musts for making homework actually WORK in kindergarten.

Homework Must Be Easy to Prep

This first must is all about you, teacher friend! No kindergarten teacher has time to prep, print, laminate, and hole punch homework! Just the thought of it makes me cringe. Keep homework prep simple! My Kindergarten Homework Weekly Bundle is designed to be low-prep and easy to manage. In fact, you can print off an entire week of homework on one page, front and back. Check it out  here  to get your homework for the entire year covered.

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Homework Must Be Engaging

Homework tends to have a bad reputation for being boring and hard. It doesn’t have to be, though! Homework that is fun for your students will engage them in the learning, thus becoming more purposeful for them and you. It will also make it more likely that they will keep up the routine of grabbing their homework from their backpacks when they get home.

You can make homework more engaging for students by using kid-friendly printables with space to color. Students also love being allowed to use different writing tools on homework. (This is helpful for families who might have pens more readily available than pencils.) You can also incorporate a little bit of seasonal fun to your homework by using themed printables.

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Homework Must Be Aligned to Standards

If you give your students random homework assignments, it just feels like busywork. Make sure that it is aligned to the standards and skills you are teaching. My weekly homework covers reading and math standards and follows a common sequence for spiral review. It is also editable to meet students’ needs every year. You’ll be able to ensure that you’re sending home developmentally appropriate homework that students can complete mostly independently.

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You can check out my year-long homework bundle that includes 32 weeks of weekly homework practice. These printables come in two size options, so you can decide how you’d like to assemble the homework. The activities in this bundle could also be repurposed for other parts of your daily routine.

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This free EDITABLE At Home Learning Mat is great for school breaks or weekly homework in Pre-K and Kindergarten (if you choose or are required to send that home). While it can be used any time of year, it’s perfect for summer break if you wanted to send home a few weeks of ideas for families to get them started!

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This FREE at home learning mat is editable, easy to use, and can provide simple and effective activities and ideas for kids to try at home!

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Use this at home learning mat to provide simple and effective activities and ideas for families to try with their kids.

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Thanks for your wonderful tools. I am not very tech savvy, so I have not yet tried your interactive activities.

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Games to Make

Updated on 7/17/11

I recently started to organize all of the sight word games that I have found and/or created.   I realized that you may also find this listing helpful so I revised the directions to include how to make the games and have provided the black line masters for a few of the games.   My children really enjoy learning with these games. I use them for sight words, phonics skills (CVC words, etc), letters, numbers, addition/subtraction, etc. I have used many of these with students as old as 4 th grade to practice story vocabulary and language skills (contractions, synonyms, etc.). These black line masters were created in Microsoft Word. To modify them for your own use, simply type in the text (sight words, numbers, etc) appropriate for your children. I hope that you find these useful.   

                                    

Dollar Store Delights and Big Lots Bargains

These games are made using items (TREASURES) that I found at either Big Lots or The Dollar Tree. Most can be used for a variety of skills.

This section contains several more games that you may find useful. **I did NOT create these games or the black line masters** The black line masters for these games can be found by following the links to the websites where I found them.

Billy's Phonics Games

A wonderful teacher in Ireland contacted me with some phonics games that he has created. Billy Reid has generously offered to share his games with everyone. All directions and games pieces are included!

Directions for Traditional Games

Songs Packet

  Phonics Materials

We use Open Court for our phonics instruction. However, the materials that come with the program are rather boring. Since we are required to have a “paper/pencil” assessment for our phonics lessons, I often create “project” type worksheets for the skills I teach (which often extend beyond the kindergarten OC program). Usually I create one “project” and just change the skill to meet the needs of each group. While the projects take longer to complete than a simple worksheet, they are more engaging and keep the children on task for seatwork while I meet with other groups.

Other Goodies

KDG Handbook : We update this handbook each year and share it with parents during Kindergarten Orientation.

Kindergarten Assessment (Reading) : We use this packet 4 times a year to assess student progress. The items on the assessment correlate directly to our progress report.

Skill Stickers : In the past I have made a set for each student and presented the stickers as the child mastered the skill.

Star Writers : We posted a copy of this chart on each table to remind students of what is expected when writing. (Second half of the year)

Spelling Strategies : Fellow T-net teacher Barb created these to help her students become independent writers.

Classroom Pictures

Diagram of Classroom setup 04-05

Classroom Organization

classroom labels

book basket labels

schedule cards

tips and tricks for name tags, desk tags, lunch money

Large Center Signs

Links to Online Classroom Design Programs

Behavior Management Tools

explanation of behavior management system

individual behavior charts

rule charts (with pictures/icons)

behavior prompt cards

Picture Cards  

Use these picture cards to create skill games. They are designed to correspond to the activities in Getting Ready to Read (CTP) but can be used for any game. All picture sets were created in MS Word using clipart. All are in COLOR !

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printable calendar pieces

printable weekly graphing questions/pictures

Ready Readers Resources

Open Court Resources

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Music Power Points

I created these power points to accompany the songs I use in the classroom. You will need to own/purchase the songs in order to use these. Most are Dr. Jean and Jack Hartmann songs.

  Monthly Homework

*2011-2012 calendars are now ready!

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Monthly homework calendars (generic for any year) with accompanying work packet. Each day has a written activity (half sheet of paper) to do.

Monthly Centers

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*New Centers Explanation Page

*New Long Range Shared Reading Planner

Ideas for monthly centers that correlate with themes and shared reading books. Additionally, there are work tasks (non-theme related) for ABC Center, Math Center, Writing Center, and Science Center.

Dramatic Play

Use these printable pages to add literacy opportunities to your dramatic play area. Some of the pages are designed to be used as reading opportunities (word cards, recipes, etc) while others provide students with authentic writing experiences (grocery lists, checks, etc). I am just beginning this page and will add more as I create the pages.

Online Kindergarten Games

This is a child-friendly collection of websites with online games designed for kindergarten children. I created this page so that I could set it as my homepage on my student computers. This allows my students to easily access appropriate websites. This is an ad-free page.

Paulie offered to share these wonderful ornament ideas with us. Photos and directions for both easy and more difficult projects are included. She has also written an adorable poem to send home with the ornaments. Enjoy!

Newsletter Templates

After several requests for sample newsletters, I decided to create templates for each month. These are MS Word documents that allow you to enter your own text and print. You can use the existing headlines or create your own.

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Please feel free to email me with any comments, questions, or ideas for new games.

*I sometimes get emails from users who are having trouble with all of the links (keep returning to this home page). If that happens to you, try hitting the refresh button on your browser. Some browsers store the page so that it loads faster on future visits. However, that also means that it doesn't recognize the site when I update it!

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As teachers we want homework to be meaningful.  We want homework to enrich what you do in the classroom.  And let’s be truthful, we want homework to not be a burden to the teacher.  And so here is two weeks of Free Kindergarten Homework that I am sure will take all your homework woes away.

Kindergarten Homework with weekly family games and academic review! Try a week free at Simply Kinder! Free Kindergarten Homework your students, your families, and you will love!

Each week includes all of the elements you will need to keep your students extending what you teach, get your families involved in a fun way, and to practice essential skills you may not cover in class that are so important!

Each week has a cover page (check it out above).  The cover page is loaded with practice:

  •  Students will write their name neatly on the lines.
  • A reading log that asks families to read together.  The parents will initial in the boxes that they read and each week the student is asked to write or draw about a different story element from one of the books they read.
  • The practice of an essential skill.  Throughout the year the students will be asked to write their last names, initials, phone numbers, school name, city, state, and much more.

The upper left hand corner of the page has a fun graphic each week and is numbered on the right.  This will help you to organize them and help the students take some ownership in that process.

Kindergarten Homework with weekly family games and academic review! Try a week free at Simply Kinder!

Each week also includes two pages of content review.  The concepts are scaffolded throughout the year so they match the diverse range of skills we teach in kindergarten.  These skills are meant to be done mostly independently (of course depending on the child).  Each night the students will do the review and move onto the next fun activity.

Kindergarten Homework with weekly family games and academic review! Try a week free at Simply Kinder!

Each week also includes a family game.  These are print and play style games that the families can store in baggies to save to review all year long.  The families will color, cut, and play the game during the week.   Most of these games are two pages so they won’t put too much of a dent in your copying.

Most weeks are 5 pages in total (a few are 6 pages).  Print them off, put them in the copy machine, and hand them out.

It’s so easy, we want you to give it a try.  Click the quarter you are in below and we will show you exactly what is covered in it AND send you a free week:

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And if you are already in love and want to go full force with our Kindergarten Homework , you can save big when you buy the bundle!  And the best part is, the full file is editable so you can truly customize it to your needs.  If you are teaching the letter J one week, you can make the handwriting review be that letter.  Or maybe you need it in another language, no problem!   Click here to check out the full years set on Teachers Pay Teachers.

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“I love love love the games that are included in this packet. The parents in my class love them too! I print them off for them, and keep a set of games to play in class for small group interventions! It is the perfect homework packet!”

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How To Set Up Daily Folders for Kindergarten

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I’m a big fan of teaching responsibility in kindergarten. One big example: you won’t find me stuffing folders – my students are capable of doing that themselves.

Want to know my secrets?

I think there are a few things you can do to make a daily folder setup successful and easy for kindergartners (and their parents) to use.

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Here is how we had our folders set up and why.

If you love the way we have it set up – you can totally purchase the same printable labels  used in the pictures to recreate it for your classroom too!

Kindergarten daily folder

Our folders are taken home every day and brought back to school. I choose (affiliate)  “poly” plastic folders to last all year long. They are the two pocket kind with fasteners.

How to set up daily folders for kindergarten - add name labels

We get them out of backpacks in the morning as we filter into the classroom. They stay in our cubbies throughout the day.

We organize and put them in backpacks at the end of the day.

How to set up daily folders for kindergarten - keep in cubbies

We do it everyday. It’s part of our routine.

Let me walk you through the folder. Our daily folder has 4 main parts.

Front pocket

Our kindergarten daily folder has a front pocket.

How to set up daily folders for kindergarten

The purpose of the front pocket is to organize daily papers to take home. My kinders are responsible for putting their papers in.

Some examples of things that go in this section:

  • School newsletters/flyers
  • Lunch menus
  • Completed work done in class

Pretty much all of the “stuff” that we get in the course of a day or comes from the office goes home in this pocket. Parents sort through and take it out (hopefully) daily or regularly.

How to set up daily folders for kindergarten - stuff that goes home

How I made it

All I did to make this section was to add an “EMPTY” label onto the pocket and a one-line explanation.

I add a picture icon to the label so that non-readers (aka my brand new kinders) can successfully find and use it.

I printed a class set of the labels and simply stuck it on. I did cover the labels with clear packaging tape (wide enough to cover the label’s height) so that they would last all year long and stand up to grubby kinder hands.

Back pocket

The folder has a back pocket. We use this pocket to take unfinished work home.

There was a time that we had a weekly homework sheet. They kept it in there and didn’t take it out until Fridays.

When I ditched homework, we simply used the pocket to take home unfinished work (usually due to poor time management) that I expected to get finished.

How to set up daily folders for kindergarten - where to put homework

Making this section was simple! I added a “WORK” label onto the pocket and a one-liner to make it easy for everyone to understand the purpose.

A picture icon made it early-reader-friendly.

Now, these 2 pockets weren’t enough organization on a regular basis for me.

I wanted to separate communicating behavior, special events and sending in money/forms/signed papers. So we used the middle fasteners (clasps or prongs) to hold an additional pocket and a monthly piece of paper.

Clear pocket divider

I added a (affiliate)  poly slash pocket to make communication between home and me – stand out.

That way notes to/from the teacher didn’t get lost.

You can also snag these (affiliate) plastic dividers with pockets inexpensively too.

How to set up daily folders for kindergarten - parent teacher mail communication sleeve

As part of their daily routine , kinders check this pocket in the morning before putting their folder in their cubbies.

If they had “mail” for me they would take it out and place it in my teacher mailbox. I loved teaching this system!

It became their responsibility and I only had to check one location (my mailbox) of papers to get through. {Amen to working smart}

As you know how crazy going through papers daily can be – especially if there is a fundraiser, popcorn day or picture day… this totally simplifies it.

Everything gets put into one location.

Then during our morning routine, I can quickly sort through everything that has been put into my mailbox and then I easily know what (if anything) I’ll need to address or take care of later in the day.

Read more: How to Collect Papers Easily in Kindergarten

I inserted a transparent slash pocket in the fasteners.

It’s see-through, which makes it easy on kinders, parents, and the teacher. Plus, the shape of the slash pocket means that kinders can slide full-size papers in and out on their own.

Aka: they can responsible to do it on their own.

I printed a “MAIL” label and stuck it on. The label has a picture and one line explanation.

Calendar insert

We kept a hole punched, double-sided piece of paper just behind the transparent parent communication mail sleeve .

This was hole punched so it could also go in the fasteners.

On the front side of the paper, we had a monthly calendar .

On the back, a reading log.

How to set up daily folders for kindergarten - parent calendar

The monthly calendar allowed me to remind students and parents of important events and changes.

It was also where my students recorded their behavior color each day.

They simply colored on top of the date in the small square provided.

I printed a class set of the month’s calendars with a reading book log (to track at-home reading) on the back. I hole punched them and inserted them behind the mail sleeve.

How to set up daily folders for kindergarten - at home reading book log

As a side note – I did eventually teach students how to use the fasteners.

They learn how to trade out calendars when it’s a new month.

They count their leftover green days (and write that number on their new calendar) so they can continue working towards a reward coupon (which they got after 5 green days).

How to set up daily folders for kindergarten - track and reward behavior using color system

They turn these into my mailbox and I scanned them to keep a digital copy for documentation purposes.

They were rewarded for having read at least 10 books when they turned in their reading logs too.

Make your own

You can get your hands on the materials to create your own folders like these!

I’ve done the work for you so you just have to gather the materials and print. Here are the items you might need (with affiliate links) so you can get started right away:

Items needed for this project

  • Daily Folder Labels
  • Poly Twin Pocket Folders (with 3 Prongs)
  • Slash Pockets  | Alternative Divider Pockets
  • Clear Packing Tape
  • Calendars/Book Logs

Wonder if it really works in kindergarten?

Well, it did for me. But here’s what another teacher shared recently with me after she used it for a year…

“I used this system this past school year and I LOVED it! I love giving my kinders age-appropriate responsibilities and this is a great way to do that while also saving me the headache of daily folder stuffing.” – Sara

While this folder is amazing – it won’t teach itself.

Teach students how to use their folders

Since I created this system, I knew I needed a way to easily show my students what papers went where on a daily basis.

Without me telling them every day.

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That’s where my daily folder bulletin board came into play!

{silently sings *hallelujah*}

It was my solution to  never having to stuff papers again and it just became part of our end-of-the-day routine in kindergarten .

How to Manage an End of Day Routine

There you have my secrets to creating an awesome daily folder in kindergarten.

Here’s what another teacher who tried this folder organization said after implemeting it:

“I would always have trouble with the parents and students understanding the [traditional] 2-pocket folder. Somehow I had some that would lose their work and/or informational papers from the school or our PTC. The simple addition of the mail pocket is heaven . The kids know exactly where to put their papers when packing up to go home and they know how to check their folder in the morning to see if there is anything to turn in! The parents this year have even stated how much easier it is for them to know that lunch money, classroom books, and such are being responsibly handled by their little ones! Many of my parents left the letter explaining how the folder is used in the back pocket of the mail insert so that the babysitter or grandparent knows what to do if they are pinch-hitting for them. Thank you for making my life SO much EASIER!” – Tamra

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More classroom organization

  • Document Camera and Projector Setup & Organization
  • Classroom Jobs for Kindergarten {Free Printable}
  • Classroom Library Organization Made Simple
  • Responsibility in a Bucket {kind of}

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Leslie is the teacher behind KindergartenWorks . She believes in teaching kinders how to be pretty incredible along with teaching them to read, write and think for themselves. She enjoys drinking hot tea, making mud pies with her four kids and sharing what she's learned with teachers.

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Kindergarten Homework: Too Much Too Early?

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Kindergarten has taken some getting used to for Walker Sheppard, who didn’t attend preschool or day care. Besides all the new rules to remember, there’s a new nightly routine: homework.

“We spend anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour on it,” said Michael Sheppard, Walker’s dad.

When the 5-year-old comes home every day, Sheppard said, his son is tired and not ready to sit down and figure out his assignments.

“He doesn’t like it,” said Sheppard, who lives in Pulaski, Va. “The first week he went to school he asked us why he was having to do schoolwork at home.”

That’s a question a lot of parents are asking, especially when it comes to the youngest pupils. Studies by researchers including Harris Cooper, a Duke University psychology and neuroscience professor who wrote The Battle Over Homework , have consistently shown that homework has minimal academic benefits for children in the early-elementary years.

Instead, both the National Education Association and the National PTA endorse Cooper’s so-called 10-minute rule, which calls for roughly 10 minutes of homework a night per grade level beginning in 1st grade. So children in 2nd grade would have 20 minutes, those in 3rd grade would have 30 minutes, and so on. In high school, students may exceed that recommendation depending on the difficulty of the courses they choose.

Split Opinions

Those guidelines don’t even mention kindergarten. But that’s not stopping educators in many places from assigning homework.

Delilah Orti said that every Monday her daughter, Mia, a kindergartner last year in the Miami-Dade Public Schools system in Florida, received a homework packet with about 25 worksheets that were due at the end of that week.

Orti said the packet included work on phonics, spelling, reading comprehension, and social studies. She describes her daughter as a quick learner who was already reading in kindergarten but still needed her help with word problems and science worksheets.

“She could read the words, but she had no idea what they meant,” said Orti.

Orti said Mia spent 30 minutes reading every night and an hour on the packet.

“I felt that it was inappropriate for that age,” said Orti. “What she was getting for homework was more busywork. I don’t think she was getting anything out of it and I think it was way too much.”

But such concerns aren’t shared by administrators or parents at Arlington Traditional School, a countywide elementary school in Arlington, Va., with a waiting list of parents eager for their children to attend.

Kindergartners there are expected to do 30 minutes of homework a night, Monday through Thursday.

Every student at the school is expected to spend 15 minutes reading a night. For kindergartners who can’t read yet, that means their parents are expected to read to them. The other 15 minutes is spent doing things like dictating a story to their parents using words that start with a sound they’ve been learning in class or exercises that involve circling that letter.

“We feel that this is a connection that we want with parents,” said Holly Hawthorne, the school’s principal. “We want them to know what their children are learning at school, we want them to know how they’re doing in school, if the work is too hard, if it’s too easy, we want them to be able to support what the kids are learning at school at home as well.”

Eliminating Packets

Still, some kindergarten teachers remain firm in their opposition to mandatory homework.

Barbara Knapp used to assign her kindergarten pupils at Bradley Elementary School in Corralitos, Calif., weekly homework packets. But that all changed 10 years ago during the Great Recession.

“Teachers were only given two reams of paper a month at my school, so we were forced to cut back,” said Knapp.

She and some of her colleagues at the school located about 90 miles south of San Francisco decided a good way to do that would be to eliminate those homework packets. During that time, she said, she started to research homework and found the case against it for young elementary pupils very compelling.

“The research showed that there was no correlation between school success and the traditional paper-pencil homework in kindergarten,” said Knapp, who has 19 years of classroom-teaching experience.

When she was assigning homework, Knapp said parents sometimes complained that it was frustrating for their children. Other times, it was obvious the parents had done the work rather than the child.

Now, Knapp only assigns nightly reading of her pupils’ choice, a move that she credits with making them better readers. She adds that she hasn’t seen any deterioration in other skills since she eliminated traditional homework, and she’s been able to spend more time on lesson preparation rather than grading homework.

“It’s been great not having to focus on homework,” said Knapp. “Putting together the packet, running them all off, grading them all, it was a huge amount of time that was being taken instead of us planning really wonderful, rich, in-class lessons. Homework took away a lot of planning time for just a bunch of busywork.”

Risk of ‘Busywork’ vs. Parental Bonding

Cathy Vatterott is no fan of busywork at any grade level and doesn’t think homework should be part of kindergarten. She’s a professor of education at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and the author of Rethinking Homework . “There’s enough of an adjustment for young children in kindergarten without throwing in homework,” said Vatterott.

And she worries that adjusting to school routines combined with homework could turn off young students to learning.

“I want to make sure that they don’t hate school,” said Vatterott, who noted that young children learn best through play.

She also points to a 2016 University of Virginia study, “Is Kindergarten the New First Grade?,” which found that kindergarten in 2010 was more like the 1st grade of the late 1990s. Vatterott says she’s concerned that children who aren’t developmentally ready for this work might “internalize that they’re not smart or that they’re not good at school.”

But keeping the bond strong between home and school is one of the reasons that Duke researcher Cooper doesn’t mind homework for pupils in kindergarten, with a few caveats.

“The assignments need to be short, simple, and lead to success,” said Cooper. “We don’t want young children to get frustrated with homework. We don’t want them to get bored, and we don’t want them to begin thinking that schoolwork is too difficult for them so that they begin to develop a self-image of not being a good student.”

Finding a Balance

Some kindergarten teachers are embracing short, unique assignments for their pupils that don’t involve worksheets.

Shannon Brescher Shea’s son’s kindergarten teacher provides a list of activities the children can do at home if they choose. The activities ask them, for instance, to draw a picture of what they did over the weekend or collect and count a handful of leaves by ones.

Shea says after visiting her son’s classroom in suburban Rockville, Md., and seeing how much work he does, she’s even more against the idea of mandatory homework for children in kindergarten.

“They are going through so much energy and so much focus at school already and exerting so much self-control that to then have these kids come home and do homework on top of that is a recipe for them not wanting to go to school and not enjoying learning,” said Shea.

Jennifer Craven’s daughter is also in kindergarten this year, and she said so far the young girl has been asked to “practice tying shoes, practice writing her name, and read two books each night.”

Craven, who lives in Meadville, Pa., a city about 90 miles from Pittsburgh, said her family would be doing these activities anyway, and for now, her daughter thinks homework is fun.

“I think this is very age appropriate and I don’t mind the use of the term ‘homework’ at this age, as they will realize what real homework is soon enough,” said Craven.

Michael Sheppard talked to his son’s teacher in Pulaski about the homework she assigns. He said the 30-year classroom veteran acted like it was out of her hands.

Sheppard, 42, who attended school in the same district as his son, Walker, said he didn’t have to deal with homework until well after kindergarten.

“Maybe there should be homework,” said Sheppard. “I just think it would be better starting at 3rd grade.”

A version of this article appeared in the November 28, 2018 edition of Education Week as Kindergarten Homework Debate: Too Much Too Soon?

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Florida lawmakers advance bill to require communism lessons in all grades

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TALLAHASSEE — An at-times tense meeting of a House panel Tuesday exposed a simmering debate about whether a proposal to teach about the history of communism in grades as low as kindergarten is a polarizing idea or, as a supporter said, “not divisive in any way.”

The bill ( HB 1349 ) would require lessons about communism and its history in all grades of public schools. The requirement would take effect in the 2026-27 school year, and lessons would have to be “age appropriate and developmentally appropriate” while covering certain topics.

For example, the bill would require lessons about the history of communism in the U.S. and domestic communist movements. The measure also would require teaching about the “increasing threat of Communism in the United States and our allies through the 20th Century, including the events of the Cultural Revolution in the People’s Republic of China and other mass killings from Communist regimes.”

The Republican-controlled House PreK-12 Appropriations Subcommittee voted 10-2 along party lines to approve the bill, with three of the panel’s five Democrats absent when the vote was taken.

Rep. Patricia Williams, D-Pompano Beach, pointed to a need to address other educational issues such as students not being able to read on grade level and said the bill’s supporters “want to put something in the classroom to divide them.”

Williams also suggested that the measure’s supporters were following orders by backing the bill.

“I’m so glad that the Democratic Party allows us to vote our district and our history, versus being robots, given something (that) somebody tells you what to do and how to do it,” Williams said.

But bill sponsor Chuck Brannan, R-Macclenny, rebutted Williams’ comments, saying that he had only spoken about the measure with constituents.

“The insinuation that someone told me to run a bill — I refute that, that is totally a bald-faced lie and not true. I don’t know where that comes from,” Brannan said.

Brannan also said Florida “is home to a diverse community of victims of communism” and that “this educational initiative is not divisive in any way, there’s nothing nefarious about this.”

“It simply aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of communism’s impact. Not as indoctrination or fear-mongering. But as a means of acknowledging its role in victimizing, torturing, murdering and displacing millions of people in the past century,” Brannan said.

The measure also seeks to set up a Communism History Task Force under the state Department of Education. The proposed task force would be made up of gubernatorial appointees and would be responsible for recommending curriculums and academic standards for instruction about communism.

Julie Meadows-Keefe, who spoke in opposition to the bill on behalf of the group Florida Moms for Accurate Education, urged members of the House panel not to approve the bill but said if they did, lawmakers should require it to be “balanced.”

“I would hope that curriculum would be included about the McCarthy era in the United States of America. Where we were divided, at war with one another, where people were unfairly dragged before Congress and accused, unfairly, of being communists. So if we’re going to present this curriculum, I would hope that it would be balanced,” Meadows-Keefe said.

Several Republican lawmakers vehemently defended the bill.

Rep. Vicki Lopez, R-Miami, said lessons about communism were part of her education growing up.

“I may be dating myself a little bit here, I went to school in the ‘60s, at a time when we had Russia in our backyard, and Cuba. I have a distinct recollection of learning about Marxism, communism, the McCarthy era. It was all taught. I didn’t think it was unusual, it wasn’t divisive. I’m curious as to how we got away from it, quite frankly,” Lopez said.

Rep. Alina Garcia, a Miami Republican who said she was born in Cuba, argued that it is “never too early to teach our children the atrocities of communism.”

“When we don’t learn from our history, we are destined to repeat it. And there will be nowhere to go, God forbid, if this country ever falls into the hands of communism,” Garcia said.

A change to the bill approved by the panel Tuesday removed a proposed requirement that instruction about the history of communism include lessons about “cultural Marxism.” A discussion in a previous House meeting focused, in part, on the use of the term and how it would be defined.

A similar Senate bill ( SB 1264 ) awaits a hearing by the Senate Education Appropriations Committee.

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