Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Monthly Newsletters and Feedback for Parents

Monthly newsletters for the parents of the kids in your group can help create a positive relation with them, while also providing useful information about what their child has learned at kindergarten and how he/she has improved.

In addition, finding something special to write about each child in the group every month can help you appreciate their progress better. I use these ideas to help me write something more particular about what the child enjoyed doing or practiced. For example, “S. enjoys sharing her musical talent with the class. This month she modified the lyrics to a well-known song in a very creative way.”

The parents might also start appreciating a growth mindset and a positive attitude towards learning more. Sometimes they are too focused on their children learning letters, shapes, and rote skills, instead of what is really important.


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The structure of my newsletter usually consists of information about the goals and activities we did that month (the most important ones), then a short description about how the month went, what trips we took, and what the kids practiced. I end by saying something particular about every child, so I send the newsletter via email to each parent separately, for privacy reasons.

I have created this list to make it easier when writing the newsletters and I thought of sharing it with you. These could also be useful when having discussions with the parents on their kids’ evolution.

General positive things about the child/Strengths

She/He:
· has had great progress in ________
· has done a wonderful job with ______
· continues to improve _______
· enjoys learning and playing with others
· adapts easily to new situations
· cooperates with colleagues and teachers
· remains focused on the activity at hand
· is eager to grasp new concepts and ideas
· is kind and helpful
· is trustworthy
· is a self-motivated student
· is a responsible and considerate classmate
· takes pride in her work
· is a conscientious, hard-working student
· works independently and rarely asks for help
· often impresses the teacher with the quality of their work
· is able to stay on task with little supervision
· is often willing to help a classmate
· values what others have to say
· takes the thoughts and feeling of others into account
· expresses ideas clearly
· is an active listener and always takes part in group discussions
· follows directions well
· has a developed sense of humor
· makes friends easily and enjoys spending time with friends.
· has varied interests and is curious in learning activities
· is an enthusiastic learner
· loves sharing stories and information about likes, dislikes, and experiences
· provides knowledgeable facts about topics of particular interest
· has an impressive understanding about numbers/songs/science
· frequently asks questions and seeks additional information about topics we discuss
· enjoys singing and entertaining the other
· is talented at drawing/tracing/…
· enjoys listening to stories and seeks additional information when she/he doesn’t understand something
· enjoys sharing her/his musical talent with the class
· has a growth mindset
· tackles new challenges with a positive attitude
· doesn’t get discouraged easily
· puts effort into his work and tries to achieve the best results
· has a joyful attitude and can cheer others up
· adapts easily to new situations
· shows initiative and looks for new ways to get involved
· knows basic math facts (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division)
· has a joyful attitude and can cheer others up
· adapts easily to new situations
· follows classroom rules
· transitions easily between classroom activities without distraction
· shows good manners in the classroom
· has good fine-motor skills and can trace and write well
· plays board games and team games fairly, even though sometimes that means losing
· has a well-developed vocabulary and makes good use of new words he/she learns
· has a vibrant imagination and excels in creating stories
· listens to the ideas of others without interrupting
· knows basic math facts (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division)
· uses various strategies to solve various problems
· identifies mathematical patterns

Improvements

She/He:
· consistently does his/her best. She/he has improves a lot in this respect.
· applies what she/he has learnt in new situations. He/she uses higher level thinking strategies.
· shows more perseverance on challenging assignments than at the beginning of the school year
· _______’s attitude is improving and she/he is much more open to sing and participate in large group discussions
· is learning how to be a better listener
· has matured nicely this year, especially socially
· is learning to be cooperative when working in small groups
· is developing more positive ways to resolve conflicts
· Any of the other skills and abilities rephrased as improvements

Suggestions and things to work on/Goals

He/She:
· sometimes talks at inappropriate times. We are trying to avoid this by …
· has some trouble adapting to new situations. We could work on a morning routine to make it easier for him/her.
· sometimes finds it difficult to follow classroom rules. We have been discussing them and the reasons behind them. It might help to discuss them at home as well.
· has good fine-motor skills and can trace and write well
· rarely asks for clarification, even when she/he seems not to have understood the instructions. She/He still needs positive reinforcement.
· needs guidance cooperating and interacting with peers. What we have been reinforcing at school is …
· is often distracted when she/he should listen attentively to the responses of others. What would help is …
· lacks self-confidence in her/his own work. She/he needs …
· needs constant external motivation. We should work together in helping her/him become self-motivated
· an area for improvement is …
· needs to be encouraged to work more carefully and meticulously
· although there has been great improvement in _____, he/she still has difficulty with...

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