I don't know if you've noticed yet, but Olivia and I kind of thrive on charts. We love marking things off, having visible accomplishments, working toward little goals. Or maybe she's just in it for the stickers. But whatever it is, little charts where we can check things off totally work for us.
Enter: another chart! And just in time for summer reading! Hooray!
We've started doing a little daily reading lesson with Olivia and, despite a rough patch there in the beginning, it is going really well and she and I are both really enjoying it. We do it every day (seven days a week) and we haven't missed a day yet since we started. Bring on the gold stickers for being an awesome mom.
Well, except for one thing. I have to confess that I am actually really terrible about sitting down to do casual, cuddly-time reading with Olivia. It's something that she loves and simply can't get enough of, but I'm so bad about doing it with her. It's one of those things that I perpetually say I'll do "in just a minute!" and then never actually get around to. Isn't that terrible? Boo to me and my bad priorities.
Bryan's really great about reading book after book after book with her, but--Hello! I'm the one that's home with her all day long!-- so I it's something I want to be better about. Hence, this new little chart. :) My goal is to read at least five books with her every day. Five books is actually a really wimpy goal considering that the books she's into only take like three minutes to get through, but I'd rather start low and keep going than start high and quit right off the bat. I am all about making goals that I know I can successfully meet. (It's so much more encouraging and satisfying that way!) So five a day it is.
My plan is to let her color on or put a sticker on a star each time I read a book to her. Once all of the stars are full we'll go get a doughnuts together. (We live right next to a doughnut shop and she asks for doughnuts literally every single day, so this should be a good motivation.) If we stick to our (my) plan of reading five books a day, we should finish one row each day, one full chart each week (Mon-Fri). But these simple little charts could also be used a lot of other ways.
Use these charts to:
- Mark off a certain amount of time spent reading
- Mark off each book you read
- Mark off each chapter you read in a book
- Mark off the pages you read in a book
- Have the kids in your classroom mark off the days they read at home with a parent for homework
To make the charts even more effective, decide on a reward ahead of time so you have something special to look forward to. Everybody loves a good prize for a well-earned accomplishment.
Get the free printable after the jump!
Click HERE or on the image above to view and print this fun little free printable.
It prints 4 per page and is intended for 8 1/2" x 11" paper.
How will you fill up your reading stars?