This past year I finally bit the bullet and gathered e-mails from parents to communicate via e-mail and I’ve been kicking myself for not doing it sooner.
What held me back was laziness and fear. I didn’t want to spend the time entering the e-mails, but in all honesty, it took less than an hour. (I’m so foolish sometimes.) The fear came from thinking I’d be overwhelmed with parents asking all kinds of questions, and I didn’t want to be tied to answering all those e-mails. Well, they don’t. There are a few parents who write often, but for the most part it is fairly quiet. I was honest at the start of the year that I only check my school account during a short time in the afternoon when I’m free to look at the computer. (Those precious 15 minutes at naptime.)
If you are familiar with the concept of a Daily Journal, this has translated very nicely to a Daily E-Mail. I write a very brief description of what we did during the morning and attach 1 or 2 photos. I encourage parents to use it to have conversations with their child that evening. It gives them something more specific to ask about rather than, “What did you do today?”
Note: I always send group e-mails to myself, with the parent group entered in the blind carbon copy line to preserve privacy.