I’m still blogging in my mind, but no one has invented the Telepathic Blog App yet, so I can’t prove it. I did, however, attend a fun and refreshing little blog conference here in San Antonio last weekend, and I am really, truly, planning to start blogging again. Soon. Maybe.
In the meantime, here’s a quick little project I did this morning for my kiddos, and I thought I’d take a moment to share it with you. This is the first printable I’ve ever shared, so be kind. :)
Books I Have Read - Title, Date finished, Author, and 2 line Summary for 5 books (free printable in PDF format)
Every time one of my younger children finishes a school book, I take him or her out for an inexpensive treat – a dollar burger, a trip to The Dollar Tree, or something similar. If they want, I let them wait and use 2 outings at once for a trip to the dollar theater (which actually costs $2 for each of us). They always ask if reading a “regular” book can count, but I would be taking someone out every day of the week if I were that generous!
But here is a compromise: With this printout, they can earn an outing every for 5 books they have read – and they’ll have a good start on writing a mini book report! As they gain practice, I’ll add a few more lines for the summary and switch to a 2-page format. It will be easy since my printer does 2-sided printing painlessly.
Of course you can make up your rules, but I did put just a few requirements for my own children as to which books are acceptable:
- It must be a new book that you have never read before.
- You must read it – audio books are great, but they don’t count toward this goal.
- It must be at an appropriate level for you.
In the future, I might require that a minimum number of books on the list be non-fiction.
My kids are already enthusiastic readers, but I think this will encourage them to read with more purpose, seek out new titles, and retain more of they read since they will be summarizing each book as they finish it.
Do you use something like this? Would you like to? If you download and use this, I’d love to hear what you and your children think!