Twenty minutes past bedtime, my daughter asked me to read her a story. We’d gotten home late from soccer practice, and I hurried everyone through their evening routines. Finally, I turned out the light and went to kiss Isabella goodnight.
“Mommy, you have to read me a story,” she announced.
I took a deep breath.
“No, it’s too late. You need to go to sleep.”
“Mommy, you have to,” she chirped. “It’s my homework that you read me a bedtime story.”
Sweet girl. It’s true that her kindergarten teacher has asked that parents read aloud daily. Normally, we read plenty. Probably more than most families. So I wasn’t worried about skipping a night.
Still, I feel guilty.
I like much better the concept of a reading log like Liam, my third grader, has. We read extra on the nights that aren’t as busy. Then we can skip or shorten the busy days and still read enough overall.
Little Kid Reading Log
I wanted to make a fun reading log that my kindergartners would love. A plain spreadsheet style one just wouldn’t do.
I remembered a display I had up one year when I taught fifth grade. On the wall, I taped up a HUGE paper tree. Then, I gave my students paper leaves and told them to write down titles of books they’d recommend to their classmates. The result was both interactive and attractive.
In designing a reading log, I wandered a bit and chose an apple tree. I love apple trees as a symbol of fall, and it’s an easy shape to write inside of. You could also use this as part of a larger apple unit or with other Johnny Appleseed printables.
Now we have a fun way to keep track of our kindergarten homework. It’s all downhill from here.
I’ve figured out how to deal with my strong-willed son and homework. It will be a new adventure learning how to juggle the homework needs of the twins on top of that. I hope we don’t have too many late nights.
This post was part of the KBN Kindergarten Blog Hop.
Be sure to check out all the other wonderful Apple-themed resources listed below.
Art – Apple Fingerprint Art by Kidz Activities
Writing – Apple Name Printable by P is for Preschooler