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Keeping a Homeschool Reading Log

Do you keep a reading log in your homeschool? Reading logs can be as simple or detailed as you like. We go on and off of keeping track, but it’s always nice to be able to look back and see the books that have been read each month or for the year. I actually use our period log to keep track of our homeschool reading log. I can look back over the years and see the great books we have read, and the books they have read.

Keeping a Homeschool Reading Log

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What is A Reading Log?

A reading log is simple, it’s writing down what books have been read. As a homeschooler you probably aren’t going to keep track of how many minutes it takes to read, I don’t, I don’t time or even look at a clock when my kids are reading.

You can use a reading log to track the books you read aloud to your children, or your reader can keep track of the books they reads to themselves on a personal reading log. It does not need to be complicated.

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Why bother to keep a reading log?

Keeping a reading log is a good idea because they are encouraging for parents and kids, sentimental, and practical.

When you look back over what you’ve read with your child, or what he has read over a period of time, you can see patterns. What kinds of books did you read aloud most? Is there a genre or topic your child didn’t read at all?

I also use old logs from my oldest to recommend books for my other two. There is no way I could remember every great book we’ve read.

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A Homeschool Reading Log Shows Progress

I like to look back at reading logs, and our period log in particular to see exactly what we have done through the month, and through the year. It’s a nice way to see what you have done when you are feeling like you haven’t accomplished much.

There are a lot of ways to keep a reading log, different styles of keeping track.

  • bullet journaling
  • timeline
  • traditional lists

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