Remember when I told you guys that the psychologist who tested Leo recommended that we start logging his books? At the time, I mentally rolled my eyes because I live with this little fellow and I know he reads a lot of books. I have a huge amount of respect for the psychologist, however, and so I took her advice and started a Goodreads account for Leo that very week. Goodreads is so easy to maintain, you need only scan the book’s bar code into your phone and the book is logged. Voila! Goodreads is an easy way to keep a book log for your homeschool, and the log might surprise you!
It can be tough to keep up with a gifted child when it comes to reading. It can also be challenging to find books with appropriate content at his or her reading level. To assist with this, I love this book:
I try to log all the books. He is always reading, leaving books in his wake. I’m always running to catch up with this little guy of mine. I know I don’t scan them all, folks. It’s an impossible task. That said, yesterday, we reached a remarkable milestone: Leo has read 1,000 books.
I am astounded, and I felt a post was in order. I said it before, but I’ll say it again: I highly recommend keeping a book log. It helps with homeschool record keeping, allows you to see patterns of interest, and is also helpful for those times you find yourself at the library without your little bibliophile. It can be tough to choose new books for these kids who are insatiable readers, and an online book log makes this task easier.
In my world, reading that many books is cause for celebration and so that’s just what we did this evening:
We baked some brownies and decorated them with sprinkles. Then we wrote out 1,000 with chocolate chips, lit a candle, and sang an impromptu Happy 1,000 Books to You before feasting on brownie goodness.
So, tell me folks… Do you maintain a book log for yourself or your children? Has it surprised you? What are you reading now? How do you celebrate books in your world? Share the book love here!
There’s so much more to a book than just the reading.
Cait co-hosts The Homeschool Sisters Podcast and is co-founder of Raising Poppies, a community for parents of gifted and twice-exceptional children. Cait is also founder of the Family Book Club at My Little Poppies, a fantastic community of book-loving parents and the Gameschool Community at My Little Poppies, a vibrant community of gameschoolers.
Cait is a contributing writer for Simple Homeschool and GeekMom. Her work has also appeared on The Huffington Post, The Mighty, and Scary Mommy. You can find her on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram