Reading to your kids and having them do independent reading are two big factors that determine a child’s reading success. For kids who struggle with reading on a regular basis, reading logs can be a fun and easy way to keep track of how many books they’ve read. They can also be used as an age-appropriate homework assignment that requires no prep for preschool and kindergarten! We have designed a full set of reading logs that can be used during the school year, and you can try a free sample of the winter reading logs for kids below. But first, read more about our reading logs and how to use them based on your student’s individual needs.
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ABOUT THE READING LOGS
At Fantastic Fun and Learning, we have designed reading logs that are an easy and quick way for parents to track their child’s reading.
On each page, there are a series of different images that your kids can color after they have read. You can decide whether they should color an item for each book or per chapter depending on your child’s age and reading level. Coloring by chapter works best for kids who are reading full chapter books, while coloring by book works better for shorter picture books.
BE AWARE OF RELUCTANT READERS
Each child will react differently to the idea of reading logs. Some kids will love being able to track their progress, while some children won’t be motivated by this approach.
If your child loves reading, they may want to hold onto their reading logs during the year to see how many books they read at the end of the year.
If your child doesn’t enjoy reading, then they may not be as enthusiastic about reading, and there may be a reason why it’s not as fun for them. If they don’t have someone who can read with them at home, or they aren’t reading books that are interesting to them, they are a little reluctant to give reading logs a try.
If you find roadblocks when introducing a reading log to your kids, see if there is anything you can do to help. Reading shouldn’t feel like a chore, and talking with your kid can help get rid of some of the roadblocks that are keeping them from getting excited.
WHAT ABOUT STRUGGLING READERS?
For readers who move at a little slower pace, a reading log might be pretty intimidating.
On the pages of this reading log, there are a lot of pictures to color. For readers who spend a long time on each page, or who have a learning disability, a reading log might prove to be a bit discouraging.
Instead of treating the reading logs as an assignment, try using them as an incentive to finish chapters or full books.
You can use the pictures to encourage them to work through a paragraph that they are struggling with, or to work toward finishing that last chapter.
WHAT ABOUT VORACIOUS READERS?
While struggling readers may be a little reluctant to this approach, avid readers will love it! If you have a voracious reader in your classroom, they will love tracking their reading progress with this system.
If you have a voracious reader, they will probably work through the entire reading log in a single day, especially in lower grades where they are reading beginning texts and shorter books.
So, what do we do?
You can add a full set of reading logs into a folder and have your kids read and color them whenever they’d like. Or, another option is to laminate the reading logs and use dry erase markers until the log is finished. This is a great option for children who read very quickly, but don’t care about tracking their overall progress for the year.
For this type of child, they may not need an additional incentive to read since they are already motivated by the system.
If you’d like to add in a reward system, you may need to adjust it to a page number amount instead of an entire chapter or book. This way, an incentive can be earned while not having them earn them too quickly.
WINTER BOOKS FOR YOUR WINTER READING LOGS
When choosing books for your kids to read for their reading logs, I highly encourage you to let them read books that they’re interested in. However, you can also add some seasonal books to your list for kids who want to read more about winter.
Here on Fantastic Fun and Learning, we have the following winter-inspired book lists to choose from…
Try the Winter Reading Logs Free
This free sample of the reading log set includes the 6-page winter section of the pack. There are three different designs of the winter reading logs, and each design is available with or without the incentive option.