Download our free reading log template.
Keeping a reading log for your child allows you to track and assess their progress. You can look back over the weeks and find out just how many hours of reading was really done.
The important pieces of information in any reading log are:
- the student’s name
- date – you need at least one date to orientate yourself. Otherwise, you might look at a child’s log and wonder whether it was for last week, last year, or even five years ago!
- the book title
- how many pages (or even the page range that was read, if you want to record more detail)
- how long the student read for. How many pages and for how long they read are simply measures of “how much” they did. You might think that the actual time spent reading is more pertinent than the number of pages read, but you can never have enough information. Why not record both?
You can add optional pieces of information to your reading log, too, such as:
- student’s initials (to promote the idea that this is a collaborative process)
- teacher’s/parent’s initials
Many people find that it’s better to leave out the individual dates of days and just have a place at the top of the document where you can type in or write the start date of the week. Doing it this way just means that you have less work to do when you want to print off your next reading log. It’s a hassle updating the document to amend the date for each individual day. It’s much easier to leave out dates in the document, print off a batch and then write in the week commencing date, as appropriate.
We’re keeping it minimal with this reading log, but feel free to download it and amend it to your heart’s desire. We’ve made the log a straight black and white affair to save on your ink. Coloured tables do look nice, but of course they have a cost that soon adds up if you’re printing off 30 logs each time. If you’re using Word 2010 you can get a good selection of table styles with which to spice up your prints.
For the student’s name and week commencing, you can either type in these details into the Word document itself and then print it off, or you can print it off and then scribble in the details in your best handwriting. Personally, I prefer to print off a batch of them and then write in the details myself, when I need one.
Don’t forget, this is a reading log template – it’s designed to be redesigned! It’s merely a starting point, though many people will find that it already gives them space to record all the details they want.