As we're wrapping up the school year, I generally start looking at what's coming next and looking at how to keep the learning going. We've participated in many summer reading programs over the years with our local library, and that got me thinking about new fun ways to track our reading. Combining my love of coloring and bullet journals, I came up with these fun printables for you to use as a summer reading tracker for your CC students (moms too)!!
Why Summer Reading?
I always dream of keeping the learning going over the summer. I dream of getting school accomplished in the mornings and playing in the afternoons. As good as that sounds to me, the uncertainty of the summer nearly always cancels my plans. Truthfully, I'm thankful for this. It is important to live a full life with friends and family.
So summer reading is really one of the best ways to continue pursuing learning while loving those around us. Getting a head start on the CC book list also helps to take some of the burden off the reading load in the school year as a Classical Conversations Challenge student. (Pro tip...the books are listed in the CC catalog in the order in which they're read throughout the year).
Summer Reading Tracker
Really, these could serve as an anytime reading tracker, but I'm hoping that they will motivate me and my kids to pursue some of the books that we'll discuss in the next school year over the summer.
Last summer, I read some of the books with my kids and took notes as we read so that we could remember what we read. It was so helpful for my youngest who was entering Challenge A. I like to prepare my new to Challenge students to ease the transition. She listened to the books again during the school year on Audible. It worked really well!
So this summer I wanted to continue our reading progress with a fun summer reading tracker. I've gone through the Challenge program reading list and created a coloring sheet of sorts to color along as you make progress in the book.
Free Summer Reading Tracker Printable Download
Okay friends...let's get serious here for a second. This download includes 70 images:
- 6 Challenge big picture stickers to track how many of the books you've completed
64 book covers :
- 10 books in Challenge A
- 5 books in Challenge B
- 19 books in Challenge I (with two optional reads - The Witch of Blackbird Pond and Old Fashioned Girl - check with your tutor on those)
- 18 books in Challenge II
- 5 books in Challenge III
- 5 books in Challenge IV
The stickers are about 2 ½" X 3" and each one is numbered based on the number of chapters in the book. If a particular book happens to not have chapters, like The Old Man and the Sea, I've numbered it based on the number of pages in the book.
The only restriction on this download is that you don't make some kind of legalistic activity out of these! If you find you want to color the designs in a different order than numbered, DO IT! Enjoy it! There is no right way to use this!
End of Year Gifts
I'm so excited about these fun little treasures that they're going to be my end of year gifts for my Challenge I class! I found some cute journals at Costco and some washi tape on sale at Hobby Lobby.
I'll print off the pages that feature the Challenge II book covers (um....there are 18 books to read in Challenge II), and gift them some inspiration for getting a head start on next year's reading.
These would also be fun to gift your kids with a set of new markers or colored pencils to encourage them on finishing the year strong.
So what are you waiting for?! Download your fun summer reading trackers for your CC students and get busy reading!
Happy reading, coloring, and bullet journaling!
Betsy Strauss is an unexpected homeschooler, mother of three, who is in a relationship with a sweet man for life. She loves reading books, drinking coffee, and learning anything with her kids.