Last school year, we used a "Mind Map" to reflect what we had learned throughout the week. We used pictures, symbols, and just simple words to sum up what we had studied. This year I want to take that a step farther and let the students communicate to their parents the thoughts we write down from our mind maps.
We are going to use a Friday Journal (found the idea on Pinterest yet again) to write letters to parents and family members about what we learned. A family member will write a response back to them and I will check their notebook each Monday. If they have have a response, they will get a sticker on the front cover and after so many stickers, they will get to earn a reward, like learning without their shoes on or a pass of their choice! :) All students must have a response by Tuesday of each week, but won't get a sticker if it is returned on Tuesday. I love the idea because it has so many rewards!