Our school is installing a Parent-Teacher Hotline, a telephone system that allows teachers to record messages to their parents, and parents can call in, enter the classroom I.D. number, and hear the teacher’s message regarding homework, upcoming activities, permission slips that need to be returned, etc. We’ll be using ours to include a Home Activity for the Week, a simple learning activity designed to involve parents in the learning/teaching process. But you don’t need a high-tech scheme to pull this off. Dream up a short activity each weekend (please feel free to borrow from our library here), three or four times on a sheet of paper, run off copies, cut and send home with students on Monday.