Elementary School Reading Log

Having issues motivating your kindergartener through 5th grader to read now that we are in full-blown homeschool mode as a nation? Looking for ways to motivate by using incentives? (I won’t judge, I have been there too).

I have used this “program” in the past with my son. He was an early reader and started to read in preschool. He has been above grade level standards ever since. The summer between kindergarten and 1st grade, I implemented this reward chart. I counted each board book and short little paper back he read as one book and he could cross off one number.

That summer, my son initially wanted me to assign him some chores to earn money. However, his younger sister is autistic, so spending the extra time helping him to do the chore like sweeping, would take twice as long. To be honest, that’s time I didn’t have. His sister is strong and quick to get into things and so I came up with this reward system instead as a way that he could earn some money.

(**See link that says “Download” at the bottom for a better-quality free pdf printable of this reading log).

He was thrilled to be in control of how much money he could earn to go towards his Pokemon cards. I was happy to have a system in place that was a win-win for the both of us. His win- he got to make money and learn how to earn his cards instead of me just buying them randomly. My win- he was reading all the time and had to earn each next pack of Pokemon. That summer, I spent $$$ on Pokemon cards he had earned.

So I know some of you are sitting here gawking at me and judging me for paying my kid to read. You think I’m a terrible person and parent for associating reading with earning money. Well, let me tell you… whatever works to get your kid to read without tears is the correct way to run your home. I am not going to judge as I don’t live your life.

I will say, my son has never been opposed to reading and doesn’t give me attitude now (3rd grader) when he needs to get his reading in for the day. I no longer am paying him either. It was a bonus program I utilized the summer between kindergarten and 1st grade (and maybe between 1st and 2nd, I honestly can’t remember).

I’m suggesting using this if you are struggling to get your kid to read while attempting to sort out your homeschooling. You kid might not see the benefit of reading daily now that school is out and their teacher isn’t assigning it. They might not want to get off their iPad or video game and give you lots of attitude about the whole ordeal. Like I said, I get it.

This transition into homeschooling slapped us all in the face un-expectantly. I’m positive there are some kids protesting listening to their parents when they are being asked to read. Transitions and new routines are tough. Let’s not make things harder then it has to be.

If you need to bribe your kid a bit to read, I’m here to support you. The benefit is your kid is reading. They are earning money that they can use to buy Legos, a new video game, a game or toy of their choosing. I support it. It’s how the real world works. You work to earn money that you can then spend.


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