Monthly planners are a great tool to help you communicate with your families. I like monthly planners rather than yearly planners for my students because if they lose it, they will be getting a new one the next month (not as big of a deal as losing their year long planer)
Each day I have my students write something we did in Language Arts, Math, and Other. This is a great record letting parents know what their child is learning in school. On the bottom, there is a place to record important information or things to remember. It can also serve as a 2-way communication tool between teachers and parents. These are designed to be run back to back to save paper. I usually run the cover on a fun color.
Included are monthly covers for:
For each monthly cover, there is also a quick overview page for the month where we write fun things we are doing. (It gets kids exited about things to come)
There is also weekly pages under each cover for easy copying.