Saturday, July 7, 2012

Reading at Home for Firsties!

The other day I made a July and August checklist hoping to be a little more organized in completing my projects, instead of jumping around from one unfinished project to the next. I'm just so excited that I want to do everything at once! Ahhhhh!

The last couple of days I have been working on getting ready for the first 6 weeks. The first thing I made was a Home Reading Log. I wanted to really keep track of what type of reading my little ones are going to be doing at home. So, I included a spot for the parents to mark which ways they read together and a spot to mark how well their little ones did at the retelling. Hopefully this will work!

I am hopeful that the parents will be honest when marking how well their little one did on the retelling. I made three ways that the parents can evaluate their child.

They can mark:
E - Excellent Retelling
S - Satisfactory Retelling
D - Had Difficulty Retelling

There are 20 spots on the reading log to fill in. Once a student fills up a whole page they will get to place a sticker on an incentive pad that I will have displayed somewhere in the classroom. Once I can get in there to set up I will post pictures!!! Hopefully they finish waxing the floors soon. Eeek!

I also created a parent letter to introduce the home reading log. I tried to explain the different ways they can read together to stress that young readers become confident as readers and fluent by also listening to good readers read. They don't just have to read themselves.

You can get a copy of my Home Reading Log and Parent Letter here as a freebie!

Tell me what you think by leaving me a comment if you take my freebie! I always get excited knowing that other teachers are using my items!

Yours in Teaching,


  1. Love the note to your parents. I nominated you for two awards. Stop by my blog and pick them up!

  2. I love that it gives a parents a chance to realise that shared reading is just as important as independent reading. I gave you the One Lovely Blog Award today. Pop over to my blog to collect it!
    Mrs Poultney's Ponderings

  3. Jessica and Mrs. Poultney,
    Thanks for the kind words! I'm glad you like the letter! Also, thanks to both of you for your nominations! Eeeek!

  4. I am loving this reading log! I think it's such a good idea for parents to track how the reading was done and to have to think about the quality of their child's retell. I'd love to link to this on my blog, if that's okay. Do you have a version that doesn't have 'first graders' in the top paragraph so it could be used with other grades?


  5. Thanks for sharing this - I plan to use it!!!

  6. This is great, thanks!

  7. I love this and I am adding it to my BEE (Bring Everything Everyday) books this year!! Thank you

  8. Thank you for sharing this with us! I love it!

  9. I just love your blog. So many great ideas. I have a question that maybe you've answered in your blog, but I haven't discovered it yet. Do you send home books for the kiddos to read nightly or do they find their own at home? I have enough books to send home, but I don't know how to organize it with the daily 5. Thanks so much!

  10. This really encompasses everything I'd want in a firstie reading log! Great job!! ...and thanks for the freebie!

  11. This is really great. I plan to use the reading log with my first graders.

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