As a teacher for over seven years, I know just how important reading at home is for a child’s success in school. Year after year, I try new reading logs because the ones I get returned from parents either are blank, partially filled out, or a parent scrambles and just fills in the whole reading log. All of these options make me question if there is any reading at all going on at home. So this year instead of the just imploring that a parent read to his/her 15-20 minutes at night…I decided to switch it up. I utilize “Choice Boards” for my other homework options such as in math or writing. I have seen a huge difference in parent involvement in homework and student engagement in homework simply by incorporating choice. I figured why not then create one for a “Reading Log,” but make it fun, engaging, and inviting. Gone are the days of the same reading routine! Bring life back into reading in your classroom and at home!
Choice Board Includes:
1) Reading Fort: Work with your child and build a “Reading Tent.” After its completion, please read your child’s favorite books for 15-20 minutes.
2) Flashlight Reading: Gather a flashlight in your house for this activity. Turn off all the lights in the room that you are reading. Use the flashlight to read to your child for 15-20 minutes.
3) Stuffed Animal Reading: To help your child learn to read and become a more confident reader, please let your child pick a few of their favorite stuffed animals to read to. Whether your child is reading the pictures to tell the story or actually reading the words, please make sure to praise them as this marks the beginning of them becoming a reader.
4) Library Visit: Visit the library and let your child pick out a few books for this week’s read aloud. If you cannot find a great book, please ask the librarian for some great suggestions.
5) Picture Reading: Have your child read you the story by simply looking at the pictures and “reading the pictures” to make the story come to life.
6) Puppet Retell: Read a story to your child then have your child draw on paper to create puppets of the characters in the story. Have your child act out the beginning, middle, and end of the story with his/her puppets.
7) Imagination Reading: Read the book one-page-at-a-time without showing your child the pictures. As you read a page of the book, please ask your child to use their imagination and draw what is happening in the story. After your child’s drawing is complete, please show them the page to see if his/her visualization came true. Repeat the activity with the rest of the pages of the book.
8) Silly Character Reading: Read to your child using all different types of voices for each character in the book!
If you like the idea of using choice boards for homework or classroom activities please check out following items:
Sight Word Choice Board: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Sight-Word-Choice-BoardSight-Word-Homework-1652184
Sentence Writing Choice Board: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Sentence-Writing-Choice-Board-1739127
Additional Sight Word Choice Boards: