This year, Z and I are trying something new. Each day, when he reads an entire story or book (or has one read to him), we are recording it. This is partially to remind him to read books and not just to browse them. He likes to grab huge stacks from his shelves (usually with a theme -- yesterday it was all of the Eric Carle board books) and then just thumb through them. I'm not discouraging this behavior but just adding a bit more to the ritual.
The other reason for the calendar is to record what he is reading at this age. Most of the titles won't be memorable 20 years from now because they are picture books that we borrowed from the library for a couple of weeks. But it will still be interesting to see if we can keep this up through the years and write down chapter books as he gets to them. I would have loved to have a list like that from my childhood!
So, this year we are using the Creature 2010 Wall Calendar. Each day that we read, I write down the story name and Z puts a sticker on the date. Our record isn't perfect but I would love to show you what we've accomplished at the end of each month. Z is already getting into the pattern of this activity and choosing to read on his own more often.
If you are a parent, did you or do you record what your children read? Do you see value in this activity?
Reading together for fun and stickers,
K and Z