During the first month of school I like to get to know students and families. I use send this activity home every year.
It is written in complete sentences so students can practice speaking correctly. The hopes and dreams section allows parents to send a special message to their child. I send this home in a plastic sheet protector to assure it's safe keeping.
When it comes back to school we share it with the class and then I put it in a binder for students to look at all year. It is one of the most popular books in the library!
At the end of the year, I send it home as a special keepsake.