Take home Folders or sheets

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  1. Giggles1100

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    Ok last question for tonight. I wanted to send home a note each day detailing what we did or behaviors I experienced, I have 4 HS Life skills students functioning at the pre-k-1st grade level. I am afraid I may not have anything to say some days and more to say other days but I wanted to do this so I can keep a record of events and progress of IEP goals etc as well as have parents informed. SHould I do this, do any of you have a good form I could snag? I also thought about maybe keeping a spiral notebook and sending that home instead, that way if nothing significant happens I can just skip that day and just tell parents to check it nightly and that at least once a week I will write in it. If nothing else I can recap the week on Friday if nothing major happened all week. What do you think?
     
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    I have kids with emotional disabilities and I send home a form each day that they must get signed and return each morning. I basically just write if they have a good day or not and sometimes write some comments--both positive and negative. I tried writing in a notebook at the beginning of the year, and it just got to be too much. I do think sending a form home everyday helps the kids with responsibility and also encourages communication between parents.
     
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    I have a hard time finding time to write notes home before the kids leave some days! I also have MAJOR translation issues in my classroom (with parents). Anyway, I had A REALLY REALLY REALLY picky eater (and in Pre-K the kids eat in the room) so I did do a simple boardmaker paper and then duplicated it (and cut it up). That simply said I ate then I circled, all, some, or none of my food today. I had him do it with me sometimes (it was picture and text). I would think something simple like this could be easier than something complex like writing a note to each student at the end of the day. I kinda let my parents know at the beginning of the year if anything major happens I will call them after school. They also know they can feel free to check up by calling before school starts for the kids. HTH
     
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    Oh I am at my Dad's house so I can't check right now but there is this FANTASTIC company that makes various sheets, notes, checklists, etc the reason I say they are FANTASTIC is because it is ALL CARBON PAPER--- So all documentation is Pop in the file! I'll try to find them online and post if I do. If not I'll try to remember to post the company name when I get home.
     
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    I'm glad you asked that question. I was wondering the same thing myself. I like the idea of sending forms home on a daily basis. I believe communication with parents/guardians is extremely important!
     
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    Thanks for the links CHicago Turtle. Ithink with 4 kids It might be easier to get notes home a tleast on Fridays that is our easy day they watch movies so maybe a quick form during teh week and a note home on Fridays in a folder might work.
     
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    I send home the mini spiral notebooks each day. I can write to the parents about anything that has happened or homework that needs to be completed and they can also write back. I find it creates good communication between the parents and myself.
     
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    See I was hoping parents would write notes back to me and tell me if one had a seizure teh night before or if they are not feeling well or had a bad morning and to use a certain removal of privilage etc.
     
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    Notebooks are great for communication and I use them with some of my parents. Another easy way to communicate and a way for your students to communicate with their parents, is to use a picture page. I use this with my lower level kids. Using Boardmaker, I put pictures of all the options for the day (work, computer, cooking, job, phys ed. and other electives, games.... anything they may do). I also put a line under the picture box. For some students they have to copy the word there, others just mark or circle the pictures for the day. I leave space at the bottom of the page for me to make a note if I need to. You can also include a space for the date, their name, whatever. I like it because this helps with conversation at home and it's something they can complete with little or no help at school.
     
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    I use a take home folder system. I am either using 1/2 inch sturdy binders or durable plastic folders with the 3 hole brads in the middle. I just completed my daily form that I send each day with the children last night. If you want it, let me know and I can email it to you! It's easiest for me with a checklist format. There is a spot for Meds, Toileting documentation, but then there is Today I had a: Great Day, Typical, Rough, Sick, Sleepy (I'm paraphrasing)...Also "Today my job was:" And I check that off, "Today I parcipated in: Sensory Room, Art Room, Music Therapy etc." (Things beyond the normal classroom schedule.)
    Then there is a spot for my comments, parents comments, and ancillary staff comments. I added a spot in the corner of each comment section an initial box. This way, I can send this form home each day, and often when the parents do not have a need to write anything back, they can initial and I know that they saw the sheet and it goes in their child's file. I keep all of the paperwork. This was the method used in the SCI/AI room that I worked in last year and it is quick, easy and the parents enjoy the communication.
     
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    JessCentral

    If you could send me a sample of your documentation for your students, that would be greatly appreciated. I would like to keep in touch with my parents at least once a week as well. I'm finally incorporating homework practice this year as well. You can send it to my email or private message me too.

    Troy in Downey, Ca
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    Aspie I would love to- I tried pming you but it wouldn't let me...I don't think that I can put my email on here? If I can let me know and I will. Otherwise, if you have any other ideas let me know!
     
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    try again,

    I know that other people can leave messages for me. I really would like to know what kind of record you use. I don't know why you can't send me a private message?
     
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    Jesscentral28,

    I figured out the problem. I do not have AOL as a browser. I tried to send you a message directly through the email and it said I couldn't do it because I don't have AOL. Also, it says that you're not a member of any public forums. I don't know if this doesn't allow you to accept private messages.

    Troy (AspieTeacher)
     
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    Hi Troy- another user just pm'd me and I was able to email it to her. Hopefully we can figure out a way...
    Sorry!!
     
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    Jess

    I just sent an private message,

    Send me a reply when you get it.

    Troy
     
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    RJN I love the board maker idea to use in addition to a folder, I think that would work well with my IEP's. Jess I would love to have a copy of your sheet also, just PM me and I will send oyu myt e-mail if you cannot get to it throughthe board.
     
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    Hi there- I have emailed it to those of you have pm'd me- hope you can use it or adapt it to your own use!

    On another note- I REALLY like the MOOSE book ideas that are also on this board...My Daily Take Home Folder is a lot on the lines of those binders...

    A zipper pouch for money/permission slips etc.
    A "Read and Return" spot
    A "Keep at Home" spot
    And then a few plastic sleeves with the classroom calendar, weekly classroom newsletter, lunch menu, etc. (aka important stuff to refer to)

    I have a small period of time in the morning that is set aside to check books and then at the end of the day...
     
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    Where is teh moose book idea, I like that too but my kids are HS and I was told parents do not check their kids work very often, so sad.
     

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