If you’re like me, you love learning with your kids – just not keeping up with the paperwork. But there is some paperwork that’s rewarding for both you and your child. It can even be fun! A reading journal is just that kind of paperwork.
What to Include
No matter what age your child is, he can keep a record of the books he’s read or that you’ve read to him. You can include the title of the book, the author, the date completed, and a note whether or not he liked the book. If it’s a picture book, you can include the name of the illustrator as well, and even make a note if he liked the artwork.
Why Keep a Reading Journal
A reading journal like this serves several purposes. It provides you, the teacher, with a log of what he’s been reading. It gives your student a sense of accomplishment as he sees that list grow. It also provides insight as to what kind of books he enjoys reading. By doing something as simple as placing a star beside the name of a favorite book, author, or illustrator, you’ll know what to look for the next time you go to the library.
Use a Notebook…
You can keep the journal in a folder or spiral notebook. To make it more interesting, have your child decorate the cover with markers or stickers. You might print off pictures of his favorite books from the internet, and he can glue or tape them to the cover. Packaging tape or clear contact paper will keep the pictures safe.
…Or Make a Bookworm
Another fun way to keep track of the books is to make a growing “bookworm.” To start off your bookworm, cut out circles from cardstock or construction paper. You can use a bowl or coffee cup as a template. The first circle will be your worm’s head. Have your child draw some eyes, or glue on googley eyes. Then, for each book he reads, cut out a new circle. Write the title and author of the book on the circle. You can include the date on either the front or the back.
Next, find a place in your house where the worm can grow! A wall or bookcase at the child’s level are some possibilities. Stick the head on first, then add a piece to the worm each time a book is finished. It will be fun for everyone to see how long the worm has grown by the end of the year.
How do you keep a record of your child’s reading?