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On the hunt for a daily reading log? This will outline WHY you need one, and has a free printable for a fun and easy log to use!
Let’s talk about a daily reading log. I’m putting my teacher hat on here….and telling you WHY a simple printable like this is so powerful for kids. When children are learning to read, there are multiple stages and compontents. They start by working on phonics and letter awareness, then we add in sight words. Next? Our kids start to put all the elements together and to read. In the beginning they’ll be reading to DECODE. Meaning, they’re just sounding out words. But at some point, we start to transition to reading for comprehension…..reading to understand the words on the page (for reference, this article is a great tool to understand the stages of reading). During each of these stages, reading alone and being read to? Are extremely important and powerful behaviors. Why? We are modeling fluid reading with expression, and….we’re reminding our kids that reading can be FUN. That they can pick books or even magazines for kids that peak their interest. Our goal? Is to create an environment that values reading for information and reading for fun.
So what’s with the daily reading log? The suggestion is that children read or are read aloud to for about 20 minutes a day. Yes, every day. I’m sure if your child is in school their teacher has suggested this. And if they’re not….your pediatrician has. A daily reading log? Is a fun way to keep track.
So this? I’m not giving you more work. This is just a fun way to track it with your kids. This isn’t our first daily reading log, we’ve made a couple around different themes.
This love bug themed daily reading log might be my favorite one YET! It comes with a certificate, bookmarks and the printable log itself. This one has 50 flowers or bugs, and the goal? To color one each time you read a book. After 50 days, you’ll have earned your fancy certificate!
You can read as a family. You can read those books or chapters aloud to your kids. They can do independent reading. It can be a combo of the two. It can be their school assignments. Whatever works for you and your household. One thing to mention, for older kids reading chapter books? I’d color an item a CHAPTER. That will give you that 20 minutes of reading easily.