Actually, I found two of them: one for Gareth and one for Katydid. Did you catch the date at the top? Gareth was only 3-almost-4 and Katydid was only 15 months old when the program ended. She wasn't even walking yet.
Here's the back of Katydid's chart:
I don't know why I tucked these charts away in that box, but I'm glad I did. I knew we read a lot to our two oldest when they were small, but I never realized how much and at what a young age. Also, Katydid and I both thought it was funny that she had several bird books on her list -- more than Gareth did, although some of them were clearly books meant to be read to her then three year old brother. "How did you know I liked birds?" she asked. I had to scratch my head. I know she used to point out birds when we took walks, and by 15 months she was speaking almost in complete sentences. (This is in contrast to her older brother, who was only starting to speak in sentences at the age of 3 1/2.) So maybe she told us she wanted bird books. Anyway, finding these charts started me thinking about a few things.
1) We don't read to our littlest ones enough anymore!
2) I wish I'd kept these charts for all the kids.
So I went poking around the Internet to find some. This is the part where I'm supposed to tell you that since I couldn't find any charts with cute little colorable bears I made my own and here they are for you to use, but alas, that is not what happened. (Maybe eventually, but not right now.) Right now I settled for a couple of charts without a lot of bells and whistles.
I ended up printing charts for all the younger boys, but the independent readers have different charts than the 6 year old and the 3 year old.
For the independent readers: Reading Challenge Charts from Homeschool Creations
For the non-readers: Reading Charts from 3 Dinosaurs
For both, I stapled copies of Jen's Master Blank Lifetime Books Read List (scroll down; the list is at the bottom of the page) so I could list titles of books.
The "Reading Challenge" charts have an explanation of how books read equal points equal rewards. We're not really doing that, but I did think that having a visual of how many books he had completed would help motivate my 10 year old, who has just begun to read independently. I told him that we would indeed have a party with cake if he made it to 45, but that wasn't framed as a reward -- more as a celebration. And then I figured that if my 10 year old had a chart, the twins would want one, too. You can see Dennis' at the bottom. Although no reward was stipulated and there are no points, he was still trying to game the system by reading Dr. Seuss books just because he could read them quickly.
Anyway, we had a talk.
And as far as the non-readers go, I'm hoping that it will help motivate me to read to them more. In Chipmunk's case, I'm also hoping that if I keep track of the titles of his books like this, I'll be able to see more clearly that we're covering all the academic areas of first grade (including math) using (mostly) picture books.
Plus, I'll have a memento of their year. Making little scribbled notes in a teacher plan book just isn't the same.