Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Speech & Language Newsletter

This year, I have decided to try to provide parent communication on a more consistent basis.  Although I would love to provide specific information to parents on each of their children, high caseload numbers just do not allow for this.  So I decided to write a monthly newsletter.  I found these really neat monthly Language Calendars from the Moog Center for Deaf Education:


I decided to print them on the back of my newsletter.  Here's what I came up with for the newsletter:

You can download the newsletter (in an editable format) here.

Do you provide a newsletter or speech and language homework?  If so, how often do you send it home?


14 comments :

  1. Thank you for sharing this Carrie! Do you mail these or send them home with your students?

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    1. I send them home with the students. I actually give them to the teachers and the teachers put them in the student folders.

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  2. I absolutely LOVE this idea! I typically send homework home and other information to keep the parents unpdated... but this year I have 15 more students than last year! I have been trying to figure out how to keep communication going with parents, while cutting back on my workload. I think THIS is the answer! Thank you for sharing!!

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  3. I just used your template! Thank you so much for sharing....this will make it much easier to keep parents apprised of what is happening in the speech room. I don't assign homework regularly for language students (only artic students) so this is a perfect way to keep communication going. It took very little time to personalize it for my classroom.

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  4. I was so excited to make my first newsletter for August. When it was time for September's edition, I noticed many kids still had August's newsletter in their folder. Now I'm not sure about even doing one for October. It looks a bit like a waste with two untouched newsletters in the folders. Any ideas?

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    1. That's a tough one! I've worked in places with high levels of parent involvement and others with very little parent involvement. It's always tough when you put a lot of effort into something and don't see appreciation or even acknowledgement of your efforts. With that said, you could try a couple of things: alternate delivery system (mailing, email, separate envelope outside of the folder), telling the kids the newsletter is in their backpack and asking them to tell their parents, offering an incentive for completing x out of x activities on the language calendar, etc. I'd keep sending them home. Even though there seem to be parents who are not taking advantage of participating in their child's treatment, I'm sure there are some (even if it only seems to be a few) that like to receive the information. You could always do a parent questionnaire to see if they are receiving the information, using it, find it helpful, would prefer not to receive, etc. although you might not get much of a response to that either! Good luck and let us know how you make out!

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  5. This is great Carrie! I think I am going to try to do this myself. I was trying to find that language calendar on the website you provided, but didn't have any luck. Is there a specific URL you could send me?

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    1. Thanks Emily! Here's a more direct link(it was on the bottom right sidebar)...
      http://www.moogcenter.org/MonthlyLanguageCalendar/tabid/355/Default.aspx

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  6. Hi! I know this is an old post, but I stumbled upon it in my homework planning for next year. I was wondering if you keep the "what we are working on" the same month to month or do you have different skills you target each month? Since I'm always working on whatever the student's individual IEP goals are, I'm always pretty much working on the same general things, so I'm not sure what I would put in that box. I love this idea, though--individual homework really did NOT work for me last year.

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