On Fridays, during Writer's Workshop, my students write in their Friday Journals. We start by brainstorming what we learned and any other exciting events that happened in our classroom during that week.
The students then write a letter, detailing a few of the ideas that we brainstormed. Most students choose to write to a parent, but I allow them to write to an adult (or older sibling) that they will see over the weekend. In a few cases, I've had students write to a teacher or other staff member, if I know that there might not be a lot of support at home.
The students then bring their notebook home on Friday afternoon and I ask that the parents respond to their child's letter. It's a great remedy for the question, "what did you do in school today?" I also love seeing the interaction between the student and the parent. I make sure to put a note to the parents at the beginning of the notebook so that they know what to expect.
If the students bring their journal back on Monday with a parent response (or at least a signature), they receive a sticker for the cover of their journal. By the end of the year, it has a nice decorative look and the parents have a special keepsake!
here. I shared more info on Friday Journals in my Facebook Live video, which you can watch here.