Inside: A handy, free printable reading log.
I don’t actually remember much at all about the process of learning to read. But I do know that once I could read, once that switch had been flipped in my brain, I was a reader for life and reading has been a much loved treasure to me ever since.
As a teacher I loved working with children learning to read. It was so exciting to see them master all of the individual parts of the puzzle and then to watch them come together until suddenly they were in a place where they could read! And now as a mother supporting my own children as they learns to read, it continues to be a truly fascinating process.
Learning to read takes time. It takes time to develop accurate decoding skills and good fluency, and the learning process can feel strange, overwhelming and frustrating for the beginning reader. The love listening to stories and want to read like mummy or daddy reads to them, and they may feel frustrated when with the process of learning to read and the time it takes. I can understand that struggle after seeing it in my own child.
Fortunately in our case, we turned a corner and, as her decoding skills, fluency and confidence improved, it is clear that our daughter felt a greater sense of mastery and belief in her own reading ability.
To help her see how well she is actually doing with her reading, and to she inspire her to keep at it I developed a printable Reading Log as a record of the books that she can read independently.
On her Reading Log, Immy records picture books that she can read – either from home or borrowed from the library. It has been really motivating and encouraging for her to see how many real books she can actually already read.
And we are also using the Reading Log to set goals as a way of encouraging her to spend more time reading.
For every 20 books that are added to her list Immy receives a book related surprise. This might be a new book that she has been wanting to read or a trip to the bookshop to choose a book herself.
Other reward ideas include everything from a visit to the local library (ours sometimes hosts pj reading parties!), attending a book related event or even going to see a show, exhibition or performance related to a children’s book.
Of course, this printable reading log can also be used to track vacation or holiday reading, inviting your child to record and rate each book they read. The reading log pages are available to download and print below.
Printing Your Reading Log
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Printable Reading Log. This will open a 2 page PDF document. Download or save the PDF to your own computer. Open the PDF and print the page you require. When printing, select “Fit to printable area” (or similar) to ensure the page fits with your printer type and local paper size (these have been created at A4 size).
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