Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Reading Logs Posted

I hope your last week before break is going smoothly!  My students are so excited it is getting harder to contain their enthusiasm!  Luckily, we have some fun things  planned for the week.  Thursday, we are going to a puppet show and today my firsties created their own shadow puppets!  I was so impressed.  I took a short video of the performances.  I'll try to post it soon, so you can see them in action.
We are making gingerbread houses on Thursday afternoon, after we return from the puppet show.  Then Friday is "Grinch Day"!  I plan on having the kids make a grinch craft, we'll read How the Grinch Stole Christmas of course and maybe watch the movie after lunch.  My room parents are making healthy green treats for the kids too!  And then it will be VACATION!


Before I go....
I just posted my new Reading Logs for Primary Students.  This features fun images for the kiddos to color after they read!  

Some history behind the product:



For many years I’ve debated the true value in requiring reading logs of my first graders.  It usually ends up being the parents’ homework, which defeats the purpose.  I used to require the kiddos to record the date, book title and minutes read.  My kiddos used to dread this homework and I worried it might spill over into the love of reading I was trying to instill! 

The other issue was, while my first graders need to hear great read alouds, they also need practice reading and developing fluency.  These reading logs encourage them to record all of the minutes that they, themselves, read!  Read alouds are not recorded, but are encouraged, of course!

I have my holiday reading log available as a freebie, but have compiled 10 for the next semester into this product!  Enjoy!