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Visual Schedules in kindergarten and primary classrooms – the benefits!

The benefits of using a visual schedule in kindergarten and early primary classrooms | That Fun Reading Teacher.com

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Do you use a visual schedule in your classroom? As a special education teacher working in many kindergarten and primary classes, I’ve seen how beneficial they are for the whole class!

The origin of visual schedules

In special education, we had been putting picture symbol schedules in place for our students with autism for years, as they provide

  • an overview of the student’s day, in parts or as a whole, so the student has an idea of what to expect (this helps prevent anxiety)
  • a means of communication for students who struggle with oral language and / or auditory processing (they can point at the pictures to help get their message across, follow the pictures to understand what they might have missed verbally)
  • structure and increased independence, allowing students to manage transitions with less support
  • the flexibility of making changes to only the necessary parts of the schedule without having to change the entire day.
  • a sense of understanding how their day works, and counts down as blocks of time wrap up, helps kids feel a sense of accomplishment, more safe and in control of their emotions

The shift to whole class schedules

Our consultants began recommending visual schedules for more groups of students as time went on – students struggling with anxiety, managing behavior, transitions.  I began to notice that a few classroom teachers had just stopped using the individual student schedules (too cumbersome with multiple students with schedules in the class) and gone to a classroom one instead – and the effect was amazing.

Students checked in on that schedule all day. As time passed, a card was moved or taken down. If plans changed, the teacher simply switched out the card, and the kids understood and accepted it. The morning schedule was discussed at the carpet in the morning, and the process repeated in the afternoon.

Why it’s becoming the new normal

How many times have you heard this lately?

Kindergarten is a social communication program.

Do you agree? My very first class was a kindergarten class, in 1996, and the catch phrase at that time was ‘We’re teaching them how to play the game of school’. 

There are so many children in our classes now that struggle with social-communication, anxiety, self-regulation, learning disabilities, being in an overcrowded classroom, among other things.  And teachers have more to manage than ever before.

Consider that:

  • students regularly referring to the schedule throughout the day are prepared for transitions and managing themselves with greater independence
  • the visual schedule takes on the role of a ‘first-then’ board, as students are able to see things they are looking forward to coming up (for example, homesick students can see blocks of time disappearing as it gets closer to home time; students who dislike pencil / paper tasks can look forward to recess etc.)
  • students take pride in showing a visitor to the class that he or she can read, and knows what’s happening next
  • it is easy for a substitute teacher to step in with an already established structure in place (and it can be left prepared for the next day without having to write an explanation!)
  • With my Reading Recovery background, I can’t help but love the fact that this is just another way to drive home ‘reading the pictures’ for meaning first!
  • it can be used as a tool for teaching ‘time’ (some teachers add clocks beside each item) and sequencing events in order
  • The visual schedule makes a nice link to learning centres / centres

Have you tried using a visual schedule in your classroom? How has it been going for you?

Best wishes with your littles,

Ida Mae

If you are looking for a visual schedule and center / centre cards set, please check out mine below. The cards fit nicely into a pocket chart, can be used with adhesive magnets on the back, or simply pinned to a bulletin board. I’ve included months, days and Troll-themed editable name cards as well. Click the image to take you to my store to see the preview!

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FREE MISC. LESSON – “First Week of School {Getting to Know You Homework Sheets}”

by Green Grubs

1st – 4th Grade

 

 

These fantastic ‘first week of school homework sheets’ are perfect for getting to know your new class and their families a little better!

I have never failed to be amazed at the amount of new information I learn from these sheets – it’s always interesting to compare the child’s sheet, with their parents and also their previous teacher’s reports. This pack contains:

• STUDENT SHEET (1 page) with sections to complete about their family, pets, favorite foods, games and sports; how confident they feel about different subject areas; what they like to do when they’re not at school + things they find tricky at school.

• CAREGIVER SHEET (2 pages) with sections to complete about their child’s strengths and weaknesses; skills they have that could be utilized within the classroom; any cultural or religious beliefs the teacher should be aware of; languages spoken at home; passions and talents their child has outside of school; health issues + more.

** Please note that this pack contains duplicate pages with alternate spellings for: favorite/favourite, organizing/organising, humor/humour & utilizing/utilising!**

Looking for other summer resources? You might want to have a peek at these:

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FREE MISC. LESSON – “Parent Teacher Conference Forms and Reminders”

by Josie’s Place

Pre-Kindergarten – 6th Grade

 

 

These will help lead your parent-teacher conferences. Each form can be printed twice or copied back to back as a handy reference for your fall & spring conference.

Included are two forms for reminders for those of you who are co-teaching!
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FREE MATH LESSON – “Positional Words Back Pack Hunt-FREE”

by Deedee Wills

Kindergarten – 1st Grade

 

 

Here is a FREE Back to School Math Work Stations. Students will go on a scavenger hunt looking for the missing backpack. They will have fun using the positional word clues to lead them to the prize.

Your Kindergarten or 1st grade students will LOVE playing!

There is a student response page included.

 

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FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON – “Following Written Directions: Discussion, Assignment, Rubric”

by Jessica Osborne

4th – 7th Grade

 

 

Following written directions is a crucial concept for students. Sometimes they get so distracted by the end goal of a project they are creating, or even by what they are learning, that they forget to focus on reading and following the directions carefully. This often results in them getting a lower grade than they should, or them not being able to display what they truly know about a subject. This assignment reminds them of the importance of reading every word carefully in a set of directions.

Students will carefully follow a set of written directions to complete a task and create an exact design on a page. Then, they will trade papers with a partner, and the teacher will lead the class through grading the assignment on the rubric, checking to see that everyone followed the directions carefully. They will each instantly see how well they did, and questions are provided for the teacher to lead the class in a thorough discussion about the importance of following written directions.

This activity is great to do at the beginning of the school year to set expectations or anytime the students need a reminder to follow directions carefully. Throughout the year if they are falling into bad habits, you may be able to refer back to this activity to jog their memory, or repeat the activity at anytime.

INCLUDES:
-Detailed Teacher Directions & Discussion Questions
-Photo Example
-Student Instruction Page
-Student Rubric

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Some Other Resources with RUBRICS:
Bloom’s Taxonomy Book Report Project
Comprehensive Story Elements Unit
Prepositions Intro Demo and Creative Project

See These BACK TO SCHOOL Resources:
All About Me ELA Project Choices & Display
Meet the Teacher Scavenger Hunt
Door Signs for Middle & High School
Writing Portfolio Design

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FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON – “Free Downloads First Week of School Backpack Fun! No Prep!”

by Alferi

2nd – 5th Grade

 

 

Free Backpack Fun!

Unscramble the 20 words in the backpack
recording sheet, Stacks of Books
ABC Order
Scramble words for a friend
Make a List
Choose 5
Singular and Plural Nouns (Circle or Box them)

Fun for your kiddos to do the first week of school or anytime!

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FREE MATH LESSON – “Get Ready For School! A Back to School Math Game Freebie”

by Exceptional Kinders

Pre-Kindergarten – 1st Grade

 

 

Get Ready for School! Math Game Freebie

This is a 2 player game. Each player takes a game board (a backpack). 1, 2, or 3 dice are needed for this game. For younger students, roll one die and place the correct number of school supplies on their backpack. Older students can roll 2 or 3 die and add the numbers together to get the number of school supplies they should take. When all of the supplies are gone, the students count the school supplies on their game board. The player with the most supplies wins. Directions for a subtraction game are also included.

Common Core Standards:
K.CC.1 Count to 100 by ones and tens.
K.CC.4 Understand the relationship between numbers and quantities; connect counting to cardinality.
K.CC.5 Count to answer “how many?” questions about as many as 20 things arranged in a line, a rectangular array, or a circle, or as many as 10 things in a scattered configuration; given a number from 1-20, count out that many objects.
K.CC.6 Identify whether the number of objects in one group is greater than, less than, or equal to the number of objects in another group, e.g./ by using matching and counting strategies. (Include groups with up to 10 objects.)
1.OA.3 Apply properties of operations as strategies to add and subtract.
1.OA.5 Relate counting to addition and subtraction
1.OA.6 Add and subtract within 20, demonstrating fluency for addition and subtraction within 10.

Thank you for viewing my Get Ready for School Math Game Freebie! I hope you enjoy it!
If you have any questions or comments, please let me know.

Carolyn – Exceptional Kinders

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FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON – “FREE: Alphabet Games Sampler: 4 Printables for the letter A”

by Brenda Tejeda

Pre-Kindergarten – 1st Grade

 

 

This freebie sampler includes all 4 of my alphabet games for the letter A.

If you’d like to see each pack, please click the links below.
The Alphabet Games: Mystery Pictures
The Alphabet Games: Find and Color
The Alphabet Games: ABC Tic-Tac-Toe: A Partner Game
The Alphabet Games: Connect 5- A Partner Game

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FREE MISC. LESSON – “Planner 2017 – 2018 School Year”

by Simone

5th – 8th Grade

 

 

Fully editable 2017 to 2018 school year planner. Great for long range planning. There are two months per page so you can look ahead and plan out the time frame for your units without having to worry about making detailed lesson plans. Comes in PDF and fully editable MS Word.

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FREE MISC. LESSON – “Behavior Management First / Then and Token Board FREEBIE for Special Education”

by Simply Special Ed

Pre-Kindergarten – 12th Grade

 

 

These boards are great to use with children with Autism or other disabilities. The first then board helps with anxiety about what’s next for kids who thrive off of schedule. The token board allows the child to earn a token for good behavior to use towards a reward.

You can read more about this product on my blog:
How I Use First Then Boards and Token Boards in my Classroom
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FREE MATH LESSON – “Free 3.NBT.2 Back to School Themed 3 Digit Addition With Regrouping”

by Copper Classroom

2nd – 4th Grade

 

 

Need extra addition practice? This printable focuses on three digit addition. Most problems require regrouping. No prep, just print and go. There is an answer key included.

Graphics and fonts copyright Dianne J. Hook, http://djinkers.com
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FREE MATH LESSON – “Jelly Bean Math”

by Elementary Creations

Pre-Kindergarten – 1st Grade

 

 

Here I made a couple of things that you can use for your classroom on the first week of school to review numbers 1-10. The BEST part it’s FREE!!!
I have made number posters for you to hang in your room or to make a number flip chart for the math center.
I have also made a game in which students can match the number word and add jelly beans to the jar to represent that number.
I also made an emergent reader for students to review their numbers that first week of school.
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FREE MISC. LESSON – “Classroom Decor eBook”

by Mizell Multiage

Pre-Kindergarten – 10th Grade

 

 

This eBook is a collaborative effort from TpT Sellers.
Many schools only give teachers a couple of days to prep for the start of a new school year. New teachers and even returning teachers who want to change up the look of their room have a hard time setting up the classroom with such short notice. I hear so many teachers say they would love to have a classroom theme or a better designed room if they could just find all the materials in one place.Well, here is the solution…. the Classroom Decor eBook.

The Classroom Décor eBook includes links to products, freebies, tips, and advice on organizing and arranging a classroom!

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Table of Contents
Resource Type: Page
Behavior Charts 4-5
Calendar 6-8
Classroom Labels 9-10
Name/Desk Tags 11-13
Other 14-16
Posters 17-20
Themed Décor Sets 21-27
Word Wall 28-31

Tips and Advice:
Classroom Arrangement 33-34
Classroom Organization 35-36
Classroom Décor 37
General Classroom Advice 38

Have a wonderful school year!
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FREE MATH LESSON – “Back to School Word Problems Freebie Sampler”

by Love of First

1st – 2nd Grade

 

 

Here is a freebie sampler of my Back to School Word Problems. Like this? Check out the full product HERE

The full pack includes: 6 Back to School addition and 6 Back to School subtraction word problems with 3 different levels of differentiation for each (A, B, C) These differentiated problems are perfect for K-2. A total of 36 problems!

Back to School Word Problems

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FREE MISC. LESSON – “Color By Number (Back to School)”

by First Grade Fanatics

Pre-Kindergarten – 5th Grade

 

 

This freebie contains kindergarten through third grade and one that could be used at any grade level!

There are a couple of objects without numbers (apples on the tree, the boy’s shirt, dots on the girl’s dress) These objects can be colored any color.

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FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON – “FREE Welcome Back to School Mini Bookmarks”

by Lisa Frase

Kindergarten – 6th Grade

 

 

There are 8 pages of FREE mini bookmarks in this packet (bookmarks are approximately 2 1/2 x 1 inch): Welcome Back to School, Welcome to Kindergarten, and Welcome to (1st-6th) Grade. There are 12 matching bookmarks on each page. Simply print the page you need!

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FREE MISC. LESSON – “Supply Check Off List First Day of School”

by Kristine Nannini

3rd – 6th Grade

 

 

This checklist is a great way to stay organized on the first day of school!

I set out one checklist on every student’s desk on the first day of school. When students walk, instruct them to be seated and review this checklist with them. They can complete this checklist with the supplies they brought in, and you will have time to greet your students, keep supplies organized, and not have a crazy start to your year!

ENJOY!!

Copyright© 2013 Kristine Nannini
All rights reserved by author.
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Electronic distribution limited to single classroom use only. Not for public display.

 

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FREE MISC. LESSON – “Welcome to Our Class Sign”

by Miss S’s Sixers

Pre-Kindergarten – 6th Grade

 

 

This freebie is a welcome sign perfect for the first day of school!

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FREE MISC. LESSON – “Space Themed Back to School Pack”

by Shelli and Brittany

1st Grade

 

 

REVISED! If you downloaded this product before, please do it again! We found one little error that we have now corrected!

Back to school activity pack (space themed)! This packet includes 8 activity sheets for your students to fill out on the first day (or week) of school. They are a great way for the students to introduce themselves to you and for you to get a glimpse of their ability levels. The last two pages in this packet are to be done at the end of the school year so you can show students how far they have come!!! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask us!! Thank you and ENJOY!

 

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FREE MISC. LESSON – “Freebie: List of Beginning of the Year Ideas, Games and Activities”

by Gretchen Ebright

Pre-Kindergarten – 2nd Grade

 

 

This free download is a list of ideas to get your year off to a great start! I have compiled a list of 20 activities that I use during the first few weeks of school – some of these can be repeated many times through out the year as well. It also includes a list of the 10 books that I like to read in the first weeks of school.
Many of these ideas need no materials or very little materials and little to no prep time.

Please note – this is not a product. This is a compilation of ideas that I have gained in over 20+ years of teaching. Any materials needed will most likely already be found in your classroom.

There are directions for a self control activity, a team work activity, alpha ball game, first day feelings activity etc….for a total of 20!

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FREE MATH LESSON – “Back to School {FREEBIE}”

by Christina Mauro

Pre-Kindergarten – 1st Grade

 

 

For this activity students count the ten frames (1-10) and match to the correct number. There is a recording sheet for them to show their matches.

If you are interested in more back to school math stations check out Oh, Back to School, Back to School – 14 Math Stations for Kindergarten

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Christina Mauro

 

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Free Back to School Literacy Lessons K-2

Hello my friends! Have you started to think about Back to School yet? (Has anyone ever really stopped?)

It’s an exciting time of year, and I always find it easier to sleep when I at least have the first few days planned out – and that involves getting to know my students. I like to find out who they are as people, how they feel about various aspects of school, get a glimpse of their skills, and most importantly – know how they’ll be getting home from school!

Disclaimer: This activity is by no means a guaranteed method of validating a child’s transportation arrangements for one day or the entire school year, but does make a nice introduction to a graphing activity.

 

I wanted to share this ten page Back to School literacy sampler with you, so you will have a window into some of the products I use with my K-2 students at the beginning of the year.

What else is in the BTS sampler?

 

I do not want to ruin the surprise, but I will tell you that this sampler could lead you to more free samples…especially if you like Sight-Word PreEmergent (Level aa) or Emergent (Level A and B) readers with sentence puzzles and fun follow ups. 

Ok, getting carried away now. Almost told you about the crazy fun game I’m making. But I didn’t! 

I will leave you with this thought, however. Start collecting smart phone boxes.

Enjoy summer for as long as you can!

Take care,

Ida Mae, aka


FREE MISC. LESSON – “{freebie} First Day of School Parent Letter – EDITABLE”

by My Happy Place

Pre-Kindergarten – 2nd Grade

 

 

These simple parent letters are designed to help you and your students communicate with their parents about the first day of school. This freebie includes letters for preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, and second grade.

This is an editable PowerPoint document. You must have PowerPoint to use this file.

Each page contains two text boxes that you can fill with your own text prior to printing. Alternatively, you can delete the text in the boxes and print the page with no text if you would prefer to hand write your notes.

You can choose to prepare these notes in their entirety before the first day of school by filling the text boxes with information about what you have planned and what you want parents to know going forward.

If you would prefer, you can type a little note in the bottom text box, but leave the top box empty for your students to fill in at the end of the day.

A third option would be to use the bottom box to hand write a quick note about each particular child and how their first day went.

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FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON – “FREE Logic Puzzles Lunch Box Lunchbox Food Centers Activities Brain Teasers”

by Lodrew

Pre-Kindergarten – 1st Grade

 

 

FREE logic puzzles in a lunch box theme. Activities include reading, critical thinking, using logic, colors, sight words, reading comprehension, drawing conclusions, comparing, task cards, lunchbox centers, food centers, lunch bags, positions, hands on problem solving, ordinal positions, true or false, literacy, math, no prep, and more. For kindergarten, first grade, preschool, SPED, child care, homeschool, or any early childhood setting.

Lunch Box Logic

1] Who Gets What? – 2 Problems – Read the clues to determine which lunchbox belongs to each student.

2] Elimination Logic- 2 Problems – Read the clues and find the target by eliminating others.

3] No Prep Follow Up Worksheet

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FREE MISC. LESSON – “Desk Detectives – Clean Desk Reward”

by School Time

Kindergarten – 5th Grade

 

 

Students often have a hard time keeping their desk neat and organized. Students never know when the Desk Detectives will stop by and check their desk. When students have a clean and organized desk they receive the positive note and a little treat.

If you like the Desk Detectives check out my Reward Cards.

 

 

 

 

 

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FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON – “FREE Reading and Writing Lesson”

by Stacey Lloyd

7th – 10th Grade

 

 

This complete lesson contains a little bit of everything from reading, writing, language analysis, class discussions and even options for group work.

It would be great as a back-to-school lesson, or as a one off, engaging lesson for a substitute to teach.

CONTENTS

– Three suggested lesson plans for using the resources contained within this product.

– Four unique reading passages which provide brief snapshots into the lives of four individuals on the first day of school (a teacher and four students). As you will see, these stories can stand alone, but they are also clearly and cleverly interwoven.

– Four creative worksheets to help students analyze these passages in terms of grammar, language, content and meaning.

– A one-page handout with writing prompts based on these stories.

PLEASE NOTE: All four passages used in this resources were written by Lara Ferrari: Storyteller, Copywriter, Wordsmith. © Lara Ferrari 2015 

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If you liked this, you will love:

SHORT STORY MINI-UNIT: A Concrete Garden 

SHORT STORY MINI-UNIT: Suitcases and Snow Globes 

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FREE MISC. LESSON – “Fair vs. Equal Poster Freebie”

by MsFultzsCorner

Pre-Kindergarten – 5th Grade

 

 

The concept of fairness and equality can be a difficult one for students (and parents) to understand. Use this poster freebie as part of your discussion, and then display it in your classroom as a reminder the whole year through.

Click here to read my June 2012 blog post where this freebie originated, along with suggested read alouds to go along with it.

 

 

 

 

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FREE MISC. LESSON – “Back to School “Getting to Know Me” Forms; Special Education; Kindergarten; Free”

by Amanda Butt

Pre-Kindergarten – 1st Grade

 

 

Back to School Getting to Know Me Forms for both Kindergarten and Special Education. The Special Education Form will work great, especially for nonverbal and multi-disabled students of all ages K-12. The Kindergarten Form will also work for higher functioning special education students or even Pre-school students. The forms are meant for the parent to fill out, and students who are able to respond to some of the questions can help their parent fill the form out.

Included: 2 Getting to Know Me Forms – Kindergarten Form and Special Education Form.

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FREE MISC. LESSON – “Back to School Activities”

by Page Protector Printables and More

Pre-Kindergarten – 1st Grade

 

 

Students can explore counting by tens and use writing prompts with first day activities designed to bring a team approach to your classroom from day one!

This resource will guide your students to explore counting by 10s, ordering from least to greatest and greatest to least, and creative writing with several prompts included!

Use this resource with the popular bricks or snap blocks or by itself! Either way, your students won’t mind practicing their tens with this fun and quick center activity!

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Rethinking Reading Logs for young readers

Rethinking Reading Logs for young readers

I have spent most of my career teaching little people, and a good part of that time parenting little people, too. One topic of great discussion (well beyond kindergarten and grade one) was that of the Reading Log.

As a first grade teacher, I had mixed feelings about sending them home. It’s fairly easy to figure out early on what will become of one’s students’ reading logs throughout the year. As parents, we all have the best intentions. Teachers know that. Many of us fill both roles.

Life gets busy, especially that in-between school and bed time when you have to make and clean up dinner between driving kids everywhere ensure they’re somewhat clean, and maybe even do some homework. I believe that most parents do read with, or to, their kids. Writing it down (especially when we’re exhausted and feeling like we’re being policed?) Well, that’s a whole other story.

How many evenings did I spend at the end of each month, sitting at my kitchen table with a selection of different colored pens, filling in my kids’ reading logs? We absolutely read each night, probably for too long, but we sure didn’t break the spell to keep track of it all!

It is because I valued passing on the love of reading that, in the case of traditional Reading Logs, our kids learned from me that I was okay with dishonesty (under very specific circumstances). Yep, they learned that the magic of reading trumped honesty. GULP.

The Parent / Teacher Connection:

When I was teaching Reading Recovery, between my training and the variety of students I had, I began to really understand the difference between passive and active learners, and the connection between our roles as parents and teachers. Have you heard the phrase ‘Never do for a child what he can do for himself’? I’m a believer.

There was a very definite link between how quickly my students that were more independent with getting ready for recess or home, for example, and using the strategies I was teaching them, were progressing through the program. Those who simply shrugged when I asked them a question, or stood daydreaming in the hall, expecting someone to come and zip up their jackets were the ones who seemed to struggle the most. They were also the ones who left their reading bags at home, waited to be directed for every step of the same structured lesson we had each day. Some of my students did not have bedtime stories because they ‘didn’t have time’. (That did not surprise me with the amount of time it took to travel down a short hallway!)

I have ‘rejigged’ the reading log for the little people, with the purpose of parents and teachers focusing on maintaining the natural enthusiasm and building responsibility for their learning in our little people! Have a look:


Th 2 Reading Log bw cover

This is the front

cover, with space

for the student’s

portrait and

name. Copy onto

colored paper

or let them color

it themselves! 


Th 3 Reading Logs

This is the first

inside page of

the Reading

Log, with the

legend and a

note for parents

explaining how

it all works! 


Th 4 10 June Reading Log

Students draw in &

submit reading

log with a page

completed monthly.

after discussing  

the 3 boxes at 

bottom at home.


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This is a later addition

to Reading Logs –

rejigged, for anyone

wishing to add extra

strips for additional

tracking (weekly?)

Simply return to your

My Purchases page &

download an update!


Th1 Familiar Reading explained! Free handout for parents and volunteers by ThatFunReadingTeacher

While this is not part of

Reading Logs – rejigged

it is the ideal info sheet

(& freebie) to include

with it or in your

familiar reading bags! 


It is my hope, that by focusing on each child as an individual ‘Superstar’ Reader (front cover), who has an important job to do in bringing his or her special Reading Folder or bag home regularly (hopefully with a library book to listen to, and/or some familiar reading), and returning it to school, it help foster a sense of pride in being a big kid who ‘reads’.

It is also my hope that our earliest little readers and their parents find reading stories at bedtime something they look forward to each night, and that stories accompany them elsewhere in their lives!

Below, please find the links to the free one month trial version and the full versions of Reading Logs – rejigged! If you like this idea, please pass it on!

I would love to hear your thoughts on reading logs, this new one, and alternatives you use.

Best wishes to all of you as we embark on another school year!



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