Now that the back-to-school excitement (and in some cases, anxiety) is behind us, we are all hopefully settling into the various rhythms of the new school year. Things are starting to feel more predictable as what were initially novel expectations and schedules are now becoming familiar.
The Reading Log
It’s very common for teachers, especially in the early grades, to assign nightly reading homework. This might involve you reading aloud to your child, them reading independently, or some combination of the two. The task may range from 15 minutes or so for kindergarteners up to 20, or even 30 minutes in some cases, for second graders. The reading log, in all its variations, is often a component of that assignment.
Ello is a great addition to any child’s reading experience. It’s fun, motivating, low-pressure, and affordable.
It’s true that literacy instruction is a key component of every instructional day in grades K through second. And, according to a research review published in the periodical Reading Research Quarterly, findings indicate that greater reading volume leads to greater reading proficiency. It turns out more reading does appear to be better! Research aside, this is probably something that many teachers and parents can vouch for having seen over the years. It just makes sense! The more you do pretty much anything, the better you get at it, and reading’s no different in that way.
In spite of this research, many young readers still aren’t huge fans of the reading log. Mixing up at-home reading with a tool like the Read With Ello app can help motivate your child to get in their reading minutes and avoid parent-child reading struggles.
 Allington, Richard & McGill‐Franzen, Anne. (2021). Reading Volume and Reading Achievement: A Review of Recent Research. Reading Research Quarterly. 56. 10.1002/rrq.404.