For over 500 kids I don't send it home every month but every other month. I include all of the following:
- Learning targets and vocabulary that we are learning
- Links to videos we are watching in class
- A set of their very own at home si se puede bubbles
- Ideas for how to practice at home
Do many of these end up in the trash or crumpled at the bottom of a backpack? Absolutely. But lots of kids also tell me that they watched one of our videos at home. Or that they practice their Spanish with "that paper you gave me."
Last year I just sent them home and didn't mention them to students. That was a mistake. This year I included it as part of our beginning of the year "orientation" where we go over rules, procedures, and proficiency levels in English. I explained what it was and how to use it.
Not surprisingly, I've had a lot more kids tell me they actually use it this year. I've only sent out one but I will remind them each time they get a new one to a) look for it from their teachers and b) to put it on their fridge or somewhere else so they can remember to practice.
And in case you're like me and the thought of making your own newsletter sounds like too much right now, I've made editable versions. Just download, input your information, and print. Click on the picture below!
Do you send home newsletters? What do you include? How have you gotten your students to actually use them at home? Share in the comments below!