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Yesterday was the first day of school in my town. I met up with a bunch of moms after bus stop time to swap stories. Fortunately everyone in our bunch went off to school happily. The back-to-school mood of the group was divided. Some moms were practically singing It’s the most wonderful t...


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Reading Log as Homework? Win a Reading Pup

Posted by: SchoolFamily on Sep 01, 2011 in Kindergarten, Kids Reading, Fun Learning Activities, Elementary School, Contest, Back to School


Yesterday was the first day of school in my town. I met up with a bunch of moms after bus stop time to swap stories. Fortunately everyone in our bunch went off to school happily.

The back-to-school mood of the group was divided. Some moms were practically singing "It’s the most wonderful time of the year." Others were sad their kids would be gone all day and that summer was over. But there was one topic that everyone agreed on: they were dreading the onslaught of homework, especially the younger kids' reading logs. Nobody likes to play the homework police, and these moms had particular disdain for reading logs! One mom said she felt it caused undue stress on her kindergartener last year. Another mom said that she felt like it was turning reading into a chore. 

I would love to hear what you think about teacher assigned reading logs … Do you think they work?  How do your kids feel about them? Do you think there is a good alternative to reading charts? Leave a comment below for a chance to win a Smarty Ants Phonics Reading Pup*. The first 15 comments will receive a pup of their very own. Best part is you don’t have to walk it or clean up after it.

*Full disclosure: The Reading Pup is subscription-based product. You will receive a free 30-day membership to with your Reading Pup. After the 30 days, SmartyAnts starts at $24.99 for 3 months, or $49.99 for a full year.

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  1. Posted by - Colleen C on Sep. 06, 2011

    I do not like reading logs. In our house it is just another paper to fill out. My 9 year old daughter reads every night before bed and loves to go the the library. I dont feel that she should have to write it all down. Timing herself and writing a log makes her anxious. Sometimes that that deters her from reading. I think educators know when a child is reading or not at home.
  2. Posted by - Tennille on Sep. 06, 2011

    We like the reading logs, it keeps my kids accountable and my son especially likes logging his reading. He is proud of it when he is finished.
  3. Posted by - Kim Wilson on Sep. 06, 2011

    My 1st grader reads to me every night at bedtime. Writing it down is not a big deal. The challenge is always finding books we haven't read that are the correct reading level.
  4. Posted by - Amy on Sep. 06, 2011

    I think the reading logs are a good thing. They help parents KNOW that their kids are reading. Now, I don't think they should be graded on them weekly. I do believe it's a great tool for parents and teachers to use when the child just isn't up to par on their reading skills. Reading levels improve when children are reading! Plus, I think only parents should fill it out. This is a way to keep the child and the parent communicating. My 5th grader this year has been given a monthly one. I like it much better.
  5. Posted by - regina c on Sep. 06, 2011

    *sigh* reading logs - ah, the hassle. She's an avid reader and reads througout the day. It's something else for MOMMY to keep track of. Another piece of paper. BUT - it does hold me accountable to checking if she's actually reading new material or re-reading the same stuff over and over... So, mixed blessing. :)
  6. Posted by - Lisa Gelinas on Sep. 06, 2011

    My daughter loves to read and always reminds me to enter the minutes on her nightly reading log.
  7. Posted by - Elisa Silva on Sep. 06, 2011

    I believe they reinforce the reading that goes on in class. We try and pick books that contain the week's sight words to further help my child with them.
  8. Posted by - Lisa on Sep. 06, 2011

    My 7 year old daughter loves to read and often reminds me we need to do our nightly reading and put the minutes on her log. Her goal this year is to get on the Honor Roll list.
  9. Posted by - Jen Prince on Sep. 06, 2011

    My kids hate to keep a log. I like it because it makes them read more:o) - that is a good thing!
  10. Posted by - Michelle Sottile on Sep. 06, 2011

    YESSSSS!!! We love our logs! We do them every single night and usually fill 1 up a week. Why? We love to read! Even over Summer we created a chain with all the book titles we read. It's a great way for the kids to see what they are reading and it's an awesome way to set aside time every single night to snuggle up together and read. I LOVE the idea and we will continue it on, even if the reading logs ever stop coming home, just like I did over the Summer with them!
  11. Posted by - Jill Woods on Sep. 06, 2011

    I don't mind the reading logs. sometimes can be a pain, but doable.
  12. Posted by - Myrdin on Sep. 06, 2011

    As a parent I completely understand the need for teachers to be able to keep track that students are reading-and it is a great opportunity for parents to engage in a dialogue with their child about what they are reading-unfortunately far too many parents just sign the form without really making the connection. So for some parents it's just "busy work" rather than having any substance. Perhaps if the teacher were to communicate the importance of the log as well as reading it might have more impact.
  13. Posted by - Jean Gaugush on Sep. 03, 2011

    I work as an Aide in Elementary School. As a parent I fought the homework battles with my kids but mostly when they were older. Reading at home helps to promote a love of reading because young children are reading with the people they love the most.What reading logs help the most with in my opinion is establishing a routine. Homework in the upper grades is inevitable. Reading logs for young students canbe a start to that routine while have the enjoyment of spending time reading with a parent.
  14. Posted by - K5 Learning on Sep. 02, 2011

    You would be hard pressed to find anything in education more universally accepted than the benefits of regularly reading with young children. Nonetheless, many parents do not do it. If you are reading, the logbook takes mere seconds to fill out. If you're not reading with your kids, then you should be.

    In a perfect world, reading logs would be unnecessary. In the real world, if they help push a few families to read together more regularly, then that is a good thing.

    Homework isn't there for the teacher, its there to help your kids.
  15. Posted by - SuperMrsC on Sep. 01, 2011

    Oops! I meant I ask families to keep track only on the weekend. Sorry!
  16. Posted by - SuperMrsC on Sep. 01, 2011

    I'm a teacher, and I assign Reading Logs nightly, but I ask families to keep only on the weekend. I'm trying something new this year for in-class solo and partnered reading. I got a kids' digital watch and time it for anytime between 15 and 30 minutes. It takes kids' minds off of the time and onto the reading--they're having fun while waiting for the timer to go off.

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