First of all, I help each first-grade girl fill out a
get-to-know-you sheet with questions about her address, phone,
family, interests, and more. I put all these forms in a three-ring
Behind each girl's information sheet, I put a few sheets of
lined paper to record when I call or send notes or cards to the
child. I try to write or call each girl at least every other week.
When I send a note, I send along the week's memory verse, and I
also tell something fun we'll be doing the following week in class.
Or I comment on something the girl told me in class or on an
upcoming event in her life. This makes the girls feel very
In my binder, I also keep my class's attendance record, notepads
in fun colors, stickers to put on the outside of envelopes, and
bookmarks to surprise the girls.