I am going to start using a service called Remind to send quick updates to students regarding homework assignments and missing work. I will also be sending one or two kids compliments each day as a way of showing gratitude for their hard work.
The updates can be sent via email or text message. If you are interested in signing up to recieve reminders and updates, here’s a link to the site where you can sign up:
One more detail: Because your kids are under 13, they will have to add your email address when signing up. Remind does that so that parents will know that their students are enrolled in a class. Don’t be surprised if you see an email from Remind explaining all of this!
Hope that helps,