As I was doing a little surfing online to come up with the perfect reading chart or log, I came up with these alternatives . . .
- Bookworm Reading Chart @ Free Printable Behavior Charts
- Reading Incentive Chart @ School Family.com
- Reading Logs @ abcteach.com
- Giraffe Reading Log @ Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library
Though some of them were super cute, they were just not quite the thing I was looking for! Then I came up with an idea and I'm running with!!! We are going to create a Reading Tree (think a little along the lines of Chicka Chicka Boom Boom)!!!! I've always wanted to have a specific reading nook for the kids after we bought our first home and we had the room. Well, those criteria now apply, but I just simply have not had the time or funds to get it all together. Well, enough procrastinating!! I decided to start the decorating this weekend!! I will post pictures as we go, but here's the basic idea . . . We are creating a bare tree on large pieces of paper, branches and all. We will be taping it to the wall later this evening. Then, as we read tomorrow, the kids will decorate colored leaves that I have found templates for online (click here or here). These decorations can simply be the title of the book or a picture about the story instead. The kids will then tape it to the Reading Tree. I may even eventually add a big banner that says "Fall Into Reading"!!! It's not much, but it's the beginnings of a great idea at least!! :)
Do you have other ideas of how to involve your kids in the Read-A-Thon?