One of the awesome teachers that I get to work with introduced me to "weekend news." I have loved incorporating it into my Mondays ever since!
Since today was our first Monday back to school, it is time for the first "weekend news" of the year! Very simply, for morning work on Mondays, my kiddos write about whatever they did over the weekend.
Last year, they wrote on regular writing paper or in their journals. We would illustrate and share them and then they just took them home. This year, I designated a three-prong folder just for weekend news so we can save them throughout the year.
It is such an awesome way to watch their writing grow and develop throughout the year and it also provides a lot of insight into their lives outside of school.
As a parent, I think it would be a neat thing to save at the end of the year, too!
I will probably collect several weeks in the pockets of the folders, date them, and then three-hole punch them and put them in a few at a time or ask a volunteer to do the same.
If you'd like to do "weekend news" in your classroom, here is a free template and a cover for your weekend news journal or folder. These can be printed front and back so that they have extra space as they start to write more and more!