It is always a good idea to set the stage for family involvement from the start of the year, establishing practices that will support a family centered program in everything you do. The key to doing this well is by creating a many-faceted system for communication that includes, but is not limited to: newsletters, phone calls, informal conversations at the beginning and the end of the day, parent-teacher conferences, and opportunities for involvement in and out of the classroom.
One of the highlights of the Math at Home website are the lesson plans. They are thoughtful, well-written, extremely detailed, and flexible. In addition, there are “Parent Newsletters” included with each one, that can be edited to fit your program and your families. If you haven’t checked those out yet, you can take a look here.