A couple years ago, I created a blog post series of eight newsletters teachers could send to parents each month with ideas to help promote reading. This popular series has received thousands of views and downloads. The comment I receive most often is that teachers would like to personalize the letters before sending them home with their students. Due to this, I am creating an editable version. A link to the templates is located at the bottom of this post.
Each newsletter contains four articles. These include “Tips,” “Free Online Resources,” “Thinking out of the Box,” and “Activity to Try.”
Each “Tips” section educates parents in one small area of reading. For example in Issue #1, instructions help parents find books that are the correct reading level for their child. Other articles in this section include everything from ways to check for understanding of a passage to great reading/writing related gifts to purchase.
Free Online Resources
This section contains a link to a page of resources parents can check out online. Each online page is theme related. Some pages provide links to educational articles for parents. Other pages contain resources such as games, free online books, and activities for students.
Thinking Outside the Box
This section offers suggestions to get reluctant readers reading and writing by using means other than traditional books. Ideas include following recipes, creating shopping lists, writing thank you notes, reading cereal boxes, playing karaoke, and so on.
Activity to Try
Activities in this section include games, outings, and projects that parents can do with their child that will promote reading.
How to Get the Templates
Click this link to get the templates as a Google Slides file. WHEN DIRECTED TO DO SO, SAVE THE FILE TO YOUR GOOGLE DRIVE, SO YOU CAN EDIT IT.
Using the Templates
The templates include both black line copies that can be printed and sent home and full color copies that can be sent by e-mail. The background areas are locked due to clipart copyrights; however, the text can be changed. Just click on the text boxes and begin typing.
Editing the Templates
I used Arial as the font in the editable sections of the templates. If you plan to send the letters home as e-mail, the safest fonts for all computers include:
- Arial / Helvetica
- Times New Roman / Times
- Courier New / Courier
I hope your students’ reading skills will grow by leaps and bounds this school year!