50 Books in a Year

Reading Log

Once, when scouring the net, I read about a homeschool family which required their children to read 50-100 books in a year. At first, I thought that was way beyond my daughter’s ability; she was nearing the end of first grade and had only made it halfway through Saxon Phonics before we gave up and decided to move to something else. I didn’t think she would be able to handle the pressure of reading so many books, but the idea still lingered.

Within a few weeks, I decided to give it a try and found her to be enthusiastic and receptive to the task. Soon, she had one, then two chapter books under her belt. As she became more confident, the books came pouring in. I ended up visiting the local thrift store to get more. The Ramona series by Beverly Cleary is still among her favorites. Another great series is Gertrude Chandler’s Box Car Children series. In fact, there are so many of these, that we haven’t finished it yet.

This year, her challenge is to read 100 chapter books, InshaALLAH and my son must read 50. This reading is to be done outside, during their leisure time. When they are finished, they must present a brief summary of the books. My son must narrate what he has read and will be required to read aloud. He’s not ready for chapter books just yet, so we are practicing by reading as many simple books as we can. I expect he may be ready when the school year’s halfway mark is reached. My daughter will record her summaries in a commonplace book, InshaALLAH.

6 Responses to 50 Books in a Year

  1. peace2u says:

    sounds like something I would like my son to do once he starts reading! Keeps them away from the TV as well. What do you guys do about media?
    Always interested to know how families handle this one. I truly believe children have more intellectual capacity if their brains are not filled with cartoons. Plus everything has so much music in it! They must think it’s very necessary for kids to love dance and music. So here I was, not going to let my kids watch anything-and then my husband decided to bring in an Elmo potty training DVD. That was my kids’ first glimpse of media. And you know, once you start, it’s hard to stop.
    I’m not anti-cartoon, I just don’t like the music. When they were little, I had told them that music is bad, and my son would himself tell me to forward/skip the parts with music. But then we realized everything has music in it!

    • Umm Maryam says:

      Wa alaikum as salaam,

      We don’t have cable at our house so there’s not much that they can watch anyway. I buy DVDs for them, (Islamic, nature, stuff like that), or they watch programs on the computer, (with supervision). I do miss being able to catch educational programs on cable but this gives them a controlled environment. You’re right about the music. It’s everywhere. It’s like a conspiracy or something!

      • peace2u says:

        Yea, we didn’t have cable either but now we do since we are in a furnished place. So I saw a cartoon one day on the TV, and I thought, “how educational! They are teaching them reading and alphabets.” I put it on for my kids so it “might help my son with his reading skills”. Ain’t shaitaan just clever! I happily leave them with their educational entertainment so I could go to the bathroom, and then I hear it. Crazy music. Confused confused confused.

        • Umm Maryam says:

          What gets me is when they sneak magic in there too. You can almost guarantee that it will be there. I used to think that “Arthur” was okay but there’s a character that does tarot reading and who knows what else!

  2. almah says:

    Assalamu alaykum
    Masha allah, My daughter reads a lot but finds difficult to explain, got a good
    idea from you, The commonplace book Jazakillah sister…

    • Umm Maryam says:

      Wa alaykum as salaam,

      Wa iyyaki, I’m glad that you found it useful.
      Take care,
      May Allah make things easy for you, ameen.

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