I like to be able to track my kid’s reading, and keep records to go into their school portfolios of what we’ve read. I also like to reward good reading habits. I’ve found that in our family, keeping reading charts is a way to kill both of these birds with one stone.
I have created several different reading charts to use with my kids. Having some different options seems to keep things fresh. However, the result of a filled reading chart is always the same- a special treat from our giant cupcake-shaped cookie jar!
Our treat jar is filled with treats that I don’t normally buy as a mother: full sized candy bars, bottle pops, giant smarties, whistle pops, ring pops, and pretty much any other treat I would usually cringe at. When your reading chart is full, you get to choose one treat of your choice. The kids love this!
Here are some of the reading charts I’ve made- you can download each of them for free! :-)
Downloadable 20 Book Challenge: On this one, you just fill in the title, author, and the number of pages in the book. I require that when you fill this chart, the books are in your current reading level. You can see how I sort books based on reading level in our home here. I allow them to count books under their current reading level only when reading to a younger sibling.
Downoadable 100 Book Challenge: When you fill this chart at my house, you can read books of any level. You don’t have to write any information in, you just put a check for each book you read. Very simple.
Downloadable 40 Book Challenge: This chart gets your child to read books from different genres, 40 books total. I made a cute one with lots of little clip art pictures. You can choose between 2 versions of this chart. One includes reading 2 religious books, and the other does not. This is the one Lydia is working on right now. In each square, they write the title of a book they’ve read in that genre.
I generally find it best to tape these on the wall while kids are filling them. This way, they don’t get lost.
The “rules” of using your reading charts are all up to you- do they have to read on your child’s reading level? Do books on tape count? Do books that mom reads to me count? Do they have to be chapter books? Do they have to be a certain number of pages? What is in the rewards jar? Which chart is right for your child? Should all of your children get the same chart? All questions you’ll have to answer yourself. Good luck!
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