Hi all ~
First of all, thanks to everyone who stopped by and for all of your sweet comments. And, a BIG THANK YOU to Mrs. D from The Silver Lining for all of her help and the shout out. I'm slowly, but surely, trying to get the hang of this blogging thing!
Now, on to folders. I don't know about you, but I spend my summer impatiently anticipating the Back to School sales. This year, our kids start back on August 6th, so I was in an even bigger rush to start getting ready for the new year. Well, friends, the sales started today!! :) My first order of business? Folders!
I start the year with the standard homework folder, center folder, and a fluency folder. I thought I'd share them with you. :)
In an effort to increase fluency amongst my 1st graders, I started sending home weekly Fluency Folders. At my school, we use the Read Naturally program. So, on Monday, each child reads a leveled passage to me and earns a "cold score". They are supposed to practice at least twice a night as part of their homework, and then they re-read the same passage to me on Friday, earning a "hot score". Parents sign off during the week, and you would be amazed at their progress!
I originally got this idea from Ms. M's blog @ http://msk1ell.blogspot.com/2011/08/4-pocket-folders-revisited.html . Instead of hole punching the other side, I used already hole punched folders from Wal-Mart, and super cute duck tape and voila...double folders!
Lastly, Homework Folders:
For years, I searched for the best way to do homework folders. This is what I have used for the last few years, and it works perfectly for me. I invest in the poly folders so they last all year.
Anyway, the next part is the notes pages. I put about 15-20 pieces of notebook paper to use for parent communication only. The little sticker asks parents not to remove the paper, and for it not be used for homework. This has really helped me keep up with correspondence throughout the year.
Lastly, there are 2 sheet protectors for a) monthly calendar b)behavior calendar c) sight word list and d) the student's reading log.
I send home homework on Monday, and check on Fridays. This system has worked flawlessly so far, so I thought I'd share.
Thanks again for all of your support. Oh, and if anyone can tell me how to load documents, I'll do that for the Fluency Folder and CAFE sheets ASAP. I'll also accept any suggestions on loading pictures correctly ..haha.. THANKS!
Have fun with all the school supply sales !! :)