As a mom, I absolutely love it when my children's teachers keep me informed of what is going on in their classroom. The more reminders the better because let's face it- we're busy people and sometimes forget things.
Here is a list of ways I keep my parents updated. I promise it's not as hard and time consuming as it looks.
At the beginning of the year, parents fill out a form with important information. This includes an email address for mom and dad. (Click here to grab this FREEBIE.) I send out email updates about two or three times a week. I admit that seems like a lot, but again I feel like parents need a lot of reminders.
2. Weekly Newsletters
I send home a newsletter every week with important announcements, as well as a joke, free app, and weekly website. (Click here to view an example of my newsletter.)
3. Keep an updated website.
I try very hard to update my website once a week. I upload my weekly homework plan, as well as my newsletters, study guides, and school announcements. If you don't have access to create a class website through your school, then try out Weebly or Shutterfly.
I created a Twitter account this year for my parents and students. I absolutely LOVE it! It's easy and fun. I also try very hard to only send out NEW information via Twitter. That means I put stuff on Twitter that I do NOT send in an email or mention in my newsletter.
5. Text Messages
I signed up at Remind101 this year and think it's absolutely fantastic! Parents can receive FREE text messages about things going on in your classroom. Again, I try to ONLY send out NEW information via text. My goal is for a parent to sign up for email, twitter, and text messages. Therefore, I try not to duplicate the information I send out.
I created a class blog that I try to update with pictures of things that happen in our class. I want this year's students to start visiting it on a weekly basis, so I've started posting questions for them to answer. (Click here to check it out.)