The one thing families can do to help their child succeed in school is to adopt the habit of reading together. I encourage this in my classroom with monthly reading logs. Pair each month’s reading log with suggestions, tips and copyrighted materials listing strategies about reading with preschoolers. These resources are available through My Teaching Strategies Resource Library- literacy.
Use these reading logs to encourage students to read at home. These logs are distributed the beginning of each month and collected at the end of the month. The families are asked to document time spent reading as they are asked to read 15-20 minutes daily.
I reward completed reading logs with small treats (such as bite size candies), small prizes or trips to the prize box. Sometimes, I match treats to the reading log with chocolate coins in March or freezer pops in June. I even use Scholastic bonus points to purchase books as prizes.
My Teaching Strategies Objectives for these materials are not included due to the fact that the interaction does not actually occur in my presence, however; I believe the affects of reading at home touches all areas of child development.
** Pay very close attention to the summer months. I send these reading logs with the summer work packs and don’t expect them to be returned unit the children return to school in the fall. I have created instruction sheets for both year round programs and programs with traditional summer breaks.