Homeschool Organization: {free} Reading Logs

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Many homeschoolers have a love of reading and a slight obsession of books. I’m one of them. “Hi, my name is Annette and I’m a book addict.”

Organizing book FREE Reading log printables
Organizing our books has been a daunting task. But after doing much research, figuring out what I wanted and laying out a plan – I’m excited for it to all come together. While we do use bookshelves and have a plethera of books for our budding homeschool library, we have found several ways to manage and organize our books.

Read more over at Upside Down Homeschooling where I’m sharing my tips on organizing your own homeschool library.

But, I would like to share with you the benefits of using Reading Logs in your homeschool! When my oldest started reading, it was new and exciting. He loved reading signs as we drove around town, the titles of books on our shelves, the words on commercials and television shows – he read everything. Somehow, over the course of the next year his love for reading dwindled and it became more of a chore or a “task” to mark off his daily school list.

This was not how I saw homeschooling in my dreams. I dreamed of my kids sitting and reading for hours, simply because they loved it. I saw them reading to each other for fun and entertainment. I want them to have a passion for reading and the written word, but it simply wasn’t there. What was wrong? What was I missing?

Then it dawned on me…Reading Logs.

My oldest is enticed by the carrots. He loves a challenge and winning. He loved reading during the summer to get the “prizes” from the Library Reading program. So, I decided to create my own Homeschool Reading Program during the year. We had incentives and prizes that matched what he had accomplished and he LOVED it! He now reads books he enjoys and I don’t have to pressure him (much) to read.

Here’s how to use the reading logs:

1. Make a goal – Set a goal of how many books you would like your child to read in a week, month and/or year. Take in to consideration how fast they read and challenge them a bit.

2. Set rewards – Set rewards for when weekly, monthly and yearly goals are met. Make the weekly rewards small and simple – i.e. a trip to the ice cream store. Then the monthly rewards can be a little bigger – i.e. Pizza/Movie Night of their choice, $5 to spend at the Dollar Store. And finally, the yearly reward should be something they really want and will work toward – i.e. New LEGO set (these are big deals in our house).

3. Record the books they read – Use the reading logs to record the books they read and the reward they receive when completed. There are lines to write the names of the books they read and a separate page where you can chart their goals, the time frame they have to complete it, the reward they will receive and a column to check off when it’s completed.

4. Library Visits – The numbered circles along the bottom are to record your library visits. We like to visit the library with our kids at least twice a month. The visits can be part of the challenge or not, but the point is to introduce them to the library and get them comfortable with visiting there.

Today I want to share these fun Reading Logs and Incentive Program printables with you!! There are 4 pages total in this set – 2 for girls and 2 for boys. You can download them {free} by clicking the picture below.

free reading logs
And don’t forget to check out how we organize all this great reading material over at Upside Down Homeschooling!

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Annette has been married to her husband and best friend since 2003. Together they are raising their six children to follow the Lord’s will, no matter what. Annette longs for the day when she will meet all her angel babies who have entered heaven before her. She enjoys creating fun and engaging printables, unit studies and curriculum for homeschool families. You can follow her crazy life at In All You Do where she blogs about marriage, parenting, and homeschooling all while maintaining her sanity. She is also the owner of Thrifty Homeschoolers, where she shares free printables and resources from around the web as well as deals on curriculum and homeschooling resources. You can also keep up with her via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.
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