It is very important to establish good work habits early in a student's life. Many primary classes have take-home reading programs. It's a little more difficult to facilitate this in the junior grades, however I use a simple program that encourages the children to begin good reading habits. I call it “Reading Squares”. This is a way for students to track their reading and establish routines around their individual learning. Here is how the program works.
1. Students record on a calendar page the number of minutes they have read that day. A parent, or responsible adult initials this entry. This is done every day for the month.
2. The titles of books the student has completely read is recorded on the chart on the back of the calendar. He/She writes down the number of pages in the book, and the entry is initialed by the parent or adult.
3. On the day indicated, the student hands the page into the teacher and he/she receives a little reward for their work.
The file includes calendars for the 2014-15 school year and editable calendars for future years.