A Reading Log Printable for My Bookworm

Free Printable Reading Log



My son Krash has become a little bookworm. It developed out of nowhere, as he has NOT been much of a reader until now. He enjoys being read to, but wasn’t like Ladybug who always has books near her and will sit and read for hours.

In the past 5 months or so, something has clicked and unlocked this side of him.  When he read his first chapter book for fun, and enjoyed it, the fire was lit inside of him!  The first chapter book her read was a book I was sent many years ago as a sample copy from Scholastic, Looniverse. It sat on my shelf for years since it was not at a level for any of my kids but then suddenly I remembered it and pulled it out for him.  It was perfect for him…just enough pictures and words, a funny story line and characters he loved. We went on to buy the other 3 books in the series and he read them all quickly, the last one arrived one morning and he had it finished that night!

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I soon realized I couldn’t afford to buy his books so we hit the library together.  He chose the A-Z Mystery series and picked out 4 he liked.  He has read 2 of those 4 and loves them.  Thankfully we have many more in the series for him and our library has them all!

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I realized too late that we should have had a reading log for him all this time, but honestly his reading enthusiasm caught me so off guard, I wasn’t prepared!  I decided to change that and whipped up a quick reading log printable for him including what we wanted on it.  The title, number of pages, date started and completed,and a place for him to rate the book 1-10.

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Here’s his filled in chart, we did the best with the dates we couldn’t remember

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We also have Jigsaw Jones on our list to try next.  Any other suggestions?

A Peek into our Homeschool ~ End of 2013

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I am not giving up on sharing Weekly Wrap-up post, however, mine are more like couple-of-monthly wrap ups. Below will give you a peek at what I captured from about late October – December 2013.

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We wrapped up our Australia Continent Box and each child plowed through their Continent Box Challenge.  We took an afternoon all together one day to do lots of Australia work and finish up the challenges.  Ladybug colored about every Australian animal we had, and then some!  See all of our Australia ideas here on our Pinterest board!

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One of the favorites during a continent study is opening any Little Passports packages we have from that continent.  I save them all to open when we study the continent.  We had one package saved for Australia!

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We are still using our Picture Smart Bible, although we have gone way too slowly in my opinion.  The boys both LOVE this and so do I, I just always seem to forget about it since it is an extra for us. I only use this with the boys, not Ladybug.

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See our Homeschool Curriculum Choices for this year!


 

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Krash finished up all of the lowercase letters and most of the uppercase from Logic of English’s Cursive Handwriting program. We both love the program and would definitely recommend it!

We are continuing to use All About Spelling 2 and three All About Reading 2 in place of Calvert’s spelling and phonics components.

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When reading either from the All About Reading book or the fluency sheets, he is usually moving somehow!  Here he was doing mushroom work {pommel horse trainer} while reading.  He would read a page and do some circles, then read more and circle more.

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We continue to love Singapore’s Math in Focus that Calvert offers now. He recently learned multiplication and we enjoyed many hands on activities to help him.  Below he was using our cookies to work…

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Many of our Spielgaben pieces came into action during this unit. They were VERY helpful to him.

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Math in Focus has lots of word problems, which I normally hate but LOVE now.  He is forced to THINK, deeply. He can solve much higher level problems than P could at this age.

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We have other supplemental math items too, he enjoyed the Multiplication Wrap Up as he was learning to multiply.

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Playing with the Base Ten Blocks has become a favorite too.

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We are using Calvert’s science and finished up learning about seeds and plants. This experiment was about how roots always grow down.

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He has also been learning about landforms and the earth.  Below he was making a model of how an island forms in water.

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A mini model of the Earth…

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Krash is a builder, and loves to follow directions and complete big projects.  Ladybug wanted me to make her this huge dinosaur in the manual for Zoobs, I kindly said, “not right now.”  K chimed in and offered to make it for her!

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Pac was upstairs, and K decided to be funny and leave the dino working at P’s desk.

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I don’t get many photos of PacMan, since 6th grade isn’t always a photo-worthy as the younger grades! 

He made it through his poetry book {not very enthusiastically}, One Hundred Years of Poetry for Children.  He is now enjoying a fiction novel again, Esperanza Rising.  He GREATLY prefers novels.

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We have been referring to our Big Book of History Timeline during our history lessons recently.  It is a neat resource to have and get out to compare.

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6th grade science overwhelms me.  I honestly just don’t enjoy it, but he does. I love history and could read it all day long with him, he prefers the science. Below he was completing one of his experiments involving baking soda, vinegar and a flame. I found this online that explains what we did.

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That’s certainly not everything we did, but a glimpse of what my camera captured over the final months of 2013! To see more weekly wrap-ups, visit…

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A Peek Into Our Homeschool ~ October 2013

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Woo-Hoo!  My goal is to keep up regularly with a Weekly Wrap-up post, this is my 2nd this year, I am off to a good start!

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This year we don’t do much as a whole group, it just wasn’t working.  The boys have been participating in some of Ladybug’s Integrity Time lessons, I “make” Krash sit in and I invite Pac when I think he might like it.  Recently we did the letter D for Determination lesson and explored magnets together {they stick with it}, as an object lesson.

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See our Homeschool Curriculum Choices for this year!


 

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I decided to make a few changes to K’s curriculum.  Although we use Calvert through a cyber school, I have a lot of freedom and basically use what I want and change if needed.  I am very blessed with my situation.  One thing I have always disliked about Calvert is their Calvert Script, so with Pac I used a basic cursive and with Krash I have decided to use Logic of English’s Cursive Handwriting program. I wanted a plan and this gives it to me.  I did TONS of reading prior to choosing this one and purchasing it.  I am really happy so far and he loves it.

We are learning 2 letters per day, going through the sequence of using the salt tray,

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A dry erase marked on large lines…

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Finally the pencil and paper practice.  We each circle the letter we think he wrote the best each time.

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I have decided to let go of the phonics and spelling program that comes with Calvert.  It’s not bad, I just like All About Spelling and All About Reading better. I was having him do both, but realized that at this point it’s not necessary.  We are now doing two AAS 2 lessons per week and three AAR 2 lessons per week.

Below he was using the AAR/AAR word cards to work on alphabetizing to the second letter.

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I am keeping the literature portion of Calvert, which brings in sight words, vocabulary words and awesome stories and themes. I really like this aspect of Calvert.

One thing I love about Calvert this year is the option of using Singapore’s Math in Focus. We are in LOVE so far, it is a great fit for Krash and for my teaching style! This is an aspect of Calvert I am definitely keeping and love.  The hands on aspect is a big win for both of us.  I won’t say it’s always easy, he does struggle with some of the intense methods that are teaching the WHY behind the problem.  However, I am glad he is being taught this way, I think it will benefit him in the long run.

Below was an activity he did, to find the missing number in the addition problem.

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Our Continent Box is a fun extension to our homeschool, Krash likes working towards his goals on his Continent Box Challenge.  Below he completed the one of the challenges from our Australia Continent Box to create the continent out of a material of his choice, he chose rainbow blocks!

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Here he was matching the 3 part animal cards

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Recently Krash had to write a story, to work on writing structure {we use Calvert’s writing portion}. He uses a Try-It notebook for words he has difficulty spelling.  It’s a technique I used when I was a classroom teacher.  He tries a word on the left side and then brings it to me and I write it correctly on the right side. This enables him to use his phonics and spelling skills while also having the correct end result to reinforce correct spelling.

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He had to read his final story aloud, and since it was about Minecraft, PacMan was an eager listener!

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We are using Calvert’s science and have been learning about seeds and plants. We soaked bean seeds and investigated them the next day.

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He learned to identify the seed coat and the embryo.

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Ladybug joins in when she thinks it looks fun!

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Best part of homeschool, the cat gets to come!

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I don’t get many photos of PacMan, since 6th grade isn’t always a photo-worthy as the younger grades! 

Below you can see his study notebook.  Calvert uses assessments every 20 lessons and they can sometimes be a bit overwhelming in my opinion.  In order to stay prepared throughout the entire 20 lessons, he utilizes printed flashcards I prepare in advance.  I use the free flashcard creator software here, and print them out and file them in a study notebook. As we read he looks for key terms and writes the page number and definition on the paper.  In the end, before the tests, we cut them out and work through the flashcards to prepare!

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He is currently reading City: A Story of Roman Planning and Construction, and learning a lot.

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This book as amazing drawings, I learned SO much when I read it this past summer to prepare to teach him!  He is enjoying it, but he much prefers novels with more of a story line.


That’s certainly not everything we did, but a glimpse of what my camera captured over the past couple of weeks! To see more weekly wrap-ups, visit…

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Blessed with Boundless Energy

Help for the Energetic Child

Almost since his birth, we have noticed that our sweet Krash was a bit on the HIGH energy side of life.  Now at age 7, we have more than confirmed that his daily energy output is much more than the average child and literally exhausts adults around him! We choose to look at his massive energizer bunny state as a wonderful gift from God.  If you ask him about it, he will tell you his abundant energy is a gift, not a problem.  It is our job as his parents to help him channel this energy positively and teach him how to have self control when he needs to put his high activity level away.

Homeschooling can certainly be a challenge for me, and I am constantly trying new things to help our day run more smoothly. I learned early on that doing things the old fashioned way would never work with him, so we’ve always homeschooled a bit on the livelier end with him.  Now, in 2nd grade, the subjects get a bit longer and the seat work required is a bit more.  I am attacking the challenge head on and doing my best to adapt our environment to meet his needs, while also challenging him to learn self control and the ability to tone down the energy at specific times.  We call it, “putting the energy in your pocket for now.”  We never want him to think his energy is a nuisance, a problem, something that makes him a bad kid, or anything negative.  We firmly believe God will use his boundless energy for great work in the Kingdom one day! We are thrilled that he was blessed with this gift, even if it does challenge us at times!

Many of the ideas I have in this post have come from lots of research I have done browsing around on OT {occupational therapy} sites.  Krash isn’t diagnosed with anything, but I am always looking for ways to engage his energy seeking body. I am a student of my child and constantly reading, growing, and learning all about how to meet his needs

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Here are some of the things we are doing during the school day {and all of the time} to help him channel this energy.  Specifically, I have him do some highly energetic movement and some relaxing focused balance type work right before we begin any seat work.  We have been going in this order and it has helped a lot.

You can follow me on Instagram to see many of the things he is doing, sometimes I show little videos of him.  Here are a few if you haven’t seen them:..

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Energetic Work

  • Jumping on the mini trampoline, often crashing into our huge beanbag {ahhprods.com}
  • Jumping Rope
  • Jumping Jacks
  • Cartwheels, Round-Offs
  • Running up and down the stairs a few times
  • Play outside if weather and time permits

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Focused, Calming, Balance Work

  • Handstands, Headstands
  • Using the balance ball for balance in many ways
  • Lying on the floor for a balance or medicine ball “massage” from mom {basically I roll the ball over his back and arms to help relax and calm him}

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Help While Working at the Table

    Obviously seat work is required for a 2nd grader, as much as he wishes it wasn’t! We have high expectations for him as he learns that there is a time to wiggle and a time to control the impulse to wiggle. We do provide him with some resources to try to help him, since even as an adult I struggle with the wiggles!   We have found the Balance Board to be the best solution, with the Balance Disk coming in a close second.

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We have tried sitting on the balance ball but it didn’t work for him, for now he is on a simple stool, but I’d love to find a better seating solution that is affordable. For now this has to work.

In the photo below he has the disk up on a stool but we had to remove that since our stool wasn’t sturdy enough and kept flipping {translated ~ driving mommy nuts}.  Placing it on the floor {as shown above with the board} is working better because it forces him to sit closer to the edge of his stool which helps with the rocking back and forth on the stool {also drives me nuts}. He prefers the board {above} over the disk {below} right now.

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Sometimes he uses a hand fidget {the purple spikey ball shown below}, but often for him they become a source of trouble.  It varies from day to day whether it is a distraction or a help.  For some kids it is a BIG help, it’s worth a try! You can also see the hands on math work he is doing, I bring as MUCH as possible for him to do with his hands.  Here’s a simple blog post explaining what a fidget is if you’ve never heard of them.

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The specific tools we have are listed below and throughout the post.  We have acquired them over the years and have been adding to our collection as we are able to.  Some of these are pricey, so I am putting them in the order we are using them most.


Putting Krash in gymnastics was one of the best decisions we ever gymnastics meet-1416made, he is now on a competitive team and is thriving in so many ways.  It has given him focus, determination, and helped his self esteem tremendously. If you have a child with boundless energy, I definitely think trying gymnastics is a great idea if you can afford it! It has been way more than just a sport for him, we are so grateful.

We love our little energizer bunny and are so grateful for the journey we are on with him.  Children blessed with boundless energy are unique and wonderful, I feel it is our job as parents to help them see themselves this way.  Often the world will look at them as being a problem, even close friends and family members will often see them this way. Our positive attitude towards our child’s energy can help them feel more confident in who God made them to be!


Do you have a child blessed with boundless energy? 

What are some ways you are helping your child?

A Peek Into Our Homeschool ~ 2nd & 6th Grade

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It’s a new school year and once again I will attempt to keep up regularly with a Weekly Wrap-up post.  I will probably fall off of the wagon again, but it’s worth a shot!  This year we have a 6th graders, 2nd grader, and preschooler. I hope to share every couple of weeks or so.

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A common view these days…

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I am using the Picture Smart Bible lessons with both of my boys. 

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The Picture Smart Bible will take us through each book of the Bible, I love the teaching manual {it tells me what to say}, Bible passages we read together, and of course the fun element of artwork!  Krash actually begs to do it, I was surprised!

I am not combining many subjects as I did last year, It just doesn’t work well for my personality and teaching style.  This year I am mostly separating individual subjects.  Below I will share a peek into the older boys’ school!

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Krash is in second grade and is moving along at a very typical pace.  I am so grateful that God led us to homeschool, I think he would be falling behind in traditional school.  Thankfully I am able to adjust and teach in a way that helps him.

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This year Calvert switched to using Singapore’s Math in Focus {they also have their own math program}. We are in LOVE so far, it is a great fit for Krash and for my teaching style!

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It is filled with hands on work, and we even increase the amount since it benefits Krash’s learning style.  Here’s he’s using pieces from our Spielgaben set in a tens frame.

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There is a large written, and oral part too, which I like.  These are more challenging for K, but he is doing well.  Math is taking about double the time I had scheduled but I  am finding he just needs more time with me to grasp things. I am adjusting as needed for this.

Below you can see his math mini-office, which actually was Pac’s when he was in lower grades!

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We bring hands on into other worksheets too. He isn’t fond of writing, and instead of pushing I let him use materials like this to mark answers sometimes.

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We are using Calvert’s science and have done 2 experiments so far, which he loves. First was about how a frog balances on a lily pad…

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The second was mixing oil and water…

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My oldest son is a joy to teach and is really transitioning well into more independent learning.  Homeschooling this young man in the early years was anything BUT easy, so I am very grateful that we found our groove back in about 4th grade.  We have our moments, but overall he is a great student.

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He is currently reading Theras and His Town, and learning a lot about ancient Greece. I am learning a lot too!  This is a simple read {I read it over the summer to prepare}, but very engaging and educational!

 

He loves science and his first experiment was about dissolving hard colored candy…

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I had him explain the results and experiment to his captive audience…

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We were shocked to see making Oobleck and experimenting with it was his second experiment!  We had just made Oobleck a few weeks prior!

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That’s certainly not everything we did, but a glimpse of what my camera captured over the past couple of weeks! To see more weekly wrap-ups, visit…

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