Building relationships with your students is important, but building relationships with their families is imperative to having a successful year. Family journals are a journal sent home weekly with a new prompt for the student and an adult in their household to respond to. The prompts will encourage communication between the student and their family member. Then they will return the journals to school, and you will read and respond to what they have written. The details on how you use these journals in your own classroom are up to you, but I provide details about how I have used these in my own classroom. The process is flexible, so you can make it work for you! The insights I learned about my students and their families were so helpful when meeting the needs of my students.
Included in this file are journal prompts to use with your students each week when you send your journals home. There are 69 different journal prompts that cover a variety of topics. You will also receive instructions on how to start using family journals in your classroom, and a note to send home to your students' families to introduce the journals to them.
Though I believe these journals are more appropriate for younger grades (1-3), these can definitely be used with older students! There are some prompts that would be appropriate for use with older students included as well.
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