My two oldest are voracious readers. The younger ones not so much. They still struggle with the mechanics of reading and as long as reading is a chore, it’s not fun. My goal is to get them to the point where they don’t have to work at sounding out the words. That means practice.
A friend told me that she has her kids read 50 chapter books and then then they get a treat. Something big like pizza at a restaurant followed by a movie. Good idea.
Now, the kids have to practice reading anyway, but in order to avoid at least some of the whining I thought I too would issue the 50 book challenge. My 2nd, 4th, and 6th graders have to read 50 chapter books. My K student has to read 50 easy readers. And my high school boys have to read 50 books on their level.
I made a Printable Reading Record for us and thought you might like it as well. There’s space to write in 50 book titles, authors, and a grade for each book.
There is a front and a back, so print it double sided if you can. It’s also an editable pdf, so you can fill in your child’s name and the prize before you print if you like.
The reader gets to decide if the book was an A, B, C, D, or F and write in their own grade. You could use a different grading scale, numbers, stars, Harry Potter style, whatever you like.
Harrison read Bear Hugs by Alyssa Satin Capucilli. He graded it a B, a good book.
Can’t wait for pizza!
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You might also like to check out our Bookworms page. There are lots more ideas for ways to help your kids become bookworms! And if you haven’t checked it out yet, you might like Karen’s Big List of Book Projects. Book projects are just book reports minus the boring.