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! There are Frequently Asked Questions included as well, so you can troubleshoot any issues that may arise while trying to implement these. The insights I learned about my students and their families were so helpful when meeting their needs and making connections with them.
Included in this file are journal prompts to use with your students each week when you send your journals home. There are 88 different journal prompts that cover a variety of topics. Included are Everyday Journal Prompts, Seasonal Journal Prompts, and Would You Rather Journal Prompts. Also included are single page journal prompts, with all the prompts on one page, if you only needed them for a small number of students or homeschool setting. 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.
These journals can be used with most grade levels, and I have included prompts for grades Kindergarten-fifth when specific grades are mentioned.
Edited 6/4/17 to add 20 brand new journal prompts!
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