We know that reading and being read to are key factors in a child’s reading success. Reading logs can be an easy and fun way to help kids remember to read regularly. They can also be used as no-prep, age appropriate homework for preschool and kindergarten if you are looking for a way to encourage family involvement without using worksheets. We’ve designed a full set of reading logs to be used throughout the school year, and you can try a free sample of the fall reading logs for kids below. But first read more about the reading logs and my suggestions for using them based on different student needs.
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About the Reading Logs
We’ve designed the readling logs to be a quick and easy way for kids and parents to track how often a child is reading.
Each page has a series of images for kids to color as they read. Depending on the kids’ age and reading level you can decide whether they are color one item for each book they read or perhaps coloring one item per chapter in a larger text for kids who are reading full chapter books.
Be aware of reluctant readers
Note that some kids will absolutely love tracking their reading while others may not be as motivated by this approach.
Some will want to keep all their reading logs throughout the year and see how many books they can read.
Others will be less enthusiastic, and it can help to dig into why a child is not enjoying reading if this is the case. Perhaps the child does not have someone to sit and read with them at home regularly, or perhaps she is not interested in the types of books currently available.
See if you can uncover any roadblocks and help clear the way if possible. Be sure to follow the child’s lead here. We do not want reading to feel like a chore.
Decide whether you will include incentives
In this set you get two different types of reading logs formats.
One includes space to list an incentive to work toward and one does not. There are three reading log designs for each type, so you can rotate them throughout the season.
If you decide to use the incentive chart, be creative with the reward options.
At home you might encourage using experiences like:
- Make ice cream sundaes
- Have a special movie night (bonus if you can tie it into a book you’ve read)
- Take a trip to a special park (one that is a bit outside of your normal routine works great!)
In the classroom, you might:
- Give the child a new book (request donations from families or PTA)
- Give free time in the classroom
- Have a special cozy chair for the child to sit in for the day
- Have a special “book club” lunch bunch and eat with students who meet their goal
Seasonal reading log incentives might also be tied to seasonal activities.
Or if you’d rather not offer an incentive, just keep track of all of the reading logs kids complete throughout the season and see how many books they can finish!
What about voracious readers?
As I mentioned above some reluctant readers will not connect with this approach. On the other hand there will also be voracious readers. These kids love reading and they love the reading log tracking system.
They will likely work through an entire reading log in one day, especially in preschool and kindergarten where we are reading shorter easy readers and beginning texts.
So what do we do in this case?
You can add a full set of reading logs to a pocket folder and have kids read and color to their heart’s content.
Or to save paper you can laminate the reading logs and have them use a dry erase marker for each sheet. Then erase and start over once it is filled.
For these children you might also eliminate the external reward since they are typically more intrinsically motivated.
However, if you do want to use a reward system you might decide on a number of pages to fill before an incentive is earned instead of offering an incentive for every page.
With the options in the free printable you have the ability to easily differentiate for student needs and preferences without a lot of extra work on your part.
Fall Books for your Fall Reading Logs
I definitely encourage you to let kids read any book of interest for their reading logs, but you can also be sure to have some seasonal books available for kids who wish to read about fall.
On Fantastic Fun and Learning we have the following fall inspired book lists to choose from…
Try the Fall Reading Logs Free
This free sample of the reading log set includes the 6-page fall section of the pack. There are three different designs of the fall reading logs, and each design is available with or without the incentive option.
GET THE FULL READING LOG SET
Want reading logs for the entire year? Grab the 35-page set of year long no-prep reading log sheets.
The full reading log set includes:
- 3 Fall Reading Logs (with and without incentive goal)
- 3 Winter Reading Logs (with and without incentive goal)
- 3 Spring Reading Logs (with and without incentive goal)
- 3 Summer Reading Logs (with and without incentive goal)
- 3 Nonseasonal Reading Logs (with and without incentive goal)
What Others are Saying about this Resource…
“These are simply adorable!! I have loved using these with my kinders all year and rewarding them with a book each month”
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