Are you looking for a better way to deal with home/school communication and ensuring that everything gets to where it is going? I am sharing what works and what DIDN'T work from experience. Read on to find the best way I have found to send things home as well as get important papers back.
Way back at the dawn of my teaching career I used ziploc bags. I thought they were the perfect way to get everything home in one piece to a parent. I used the ones with the little zipper on top. However, it was soon very evident that these were not going to work as I had thought. The zipper thing broke off and then the bags would not close. So I moved on to ziploc bag 2.0. These bags were the typical ziploc bags (minus the fancy zipper closer) and I simply labelled them with a sticker. These bags worked a little bit better but they still ripped and were never big enough to fit everything.
Next I moved on to folders like the one below. I laminated them and put everything in the pockets inside to go home. I did like these but I needed to make a new one for everyone half way through the year as they didn't hold up very well. These worked better than the bags but I still struggled with where to put bigger things. The other ongoing issue was how to deal with money that came in. There wasn't a good place for it.
I put this holder on the wall of my classroom for the pouches and the kids put them there if there was anything in them. It worked like a charm.
I hope you find this tip useful. The large grey zipper bags are called courier bags at the dollar store. I have found the investment worth it as I have never had to replace one mid year. The money pouches are actually on their third year. Every year I buy a few more to replace those with broken zippers or ones that have not stood up to the use.
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