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What Good Readers Do!

Tips for parents...

What Good Readers Do (from Ontario, Canada workshop.on.oc),

The National Institute for Literacy 

A Child Becomes a Reader (pdf).

Common Core


On this site you will find a selection of web based resources for both you and your child. The resources are organized by grade and topic.

Common Core Resources:

California Department of Education Common Core Resources and Standards - please see the web locker to the left for the Parent Guide to the Common Core.

Reading Rockets Common Core information for parents

Smarter Balanced Assessment System uses computer-adapted online tests and performance tasks to show what students can do. The test is based on the Common Core State Standards in Language Arts and Math.


SBAC Testing

Camp Read-A-Lot

Camp Read-A-Lot is the Lafayette School District's Summer Reading Program for elementary school students. Forms may be downloaded at any time at the end of the school year and throughout the summer. Record the books read over the summer and return completed student recording form the first week of school to your child's new classroom.  Prizes are distributed in September.  Enjoy Camp Read-A-Lot!


Kindergarten Reading Information

Kindergarten Reading Log

1st-5th Reading Log

1st-5th Reading Information

Summer Reading List 2015

Kindergarten Reading List 2015



Kindergarten (incoming 1st Grade) Student Information 

and Recording Form

1st through 4th Grade (incoming 2nd through 5th Grades) Student Information 

and Recording Form

Decoding Toolkit for Parents

Reading Toolkit Strategies


  • Look at the picture
  • Look at the first letter
  • Use your reading finger
  • Bossy r-ar, or, er,ir,ur
  • H Brothers-ch, th, sh, wh
  • H Cousins-ph, gh
  • Silent jumping e
  • Chunks-ed, ing
  • Take a running start
  • Try another sound-long vowel, short vowel
  • Look for the little word in the big word
  • 5 Star Vowels-a,e,i,o,u
  • Compound words-ie. butterfly, goldfish, skateboard
  • Say it slowly
  • Red Words-Words that cannot be sounded out ie. the, have, does, of
  • Sound it out
  • Skip it and go back.
  • Blenders-flag, best
  • Look at ALL parts of the word
  • Crash the parts together
  • Ask someone
  • Punctuation-! ? .  ,
  • Read it like a storyteller, not a robot


Prompts to Use

Does that make sense?

Does it look right?

Does it sound right?

Carol Harris and Virginia Tiernan

Welcome to the Reading Lab!

Dear Parents,


We want to welcome you and your child to the Reading Lab.  The Lafayette School Reading Lab functions as support for reading instruction provided in the regular classroom.  Children work in the lab individually and in small groups for thirty minutes a day, Monday through Thursday.  Direct instruction focuses on word analysis/decoding, fluency, vocabulary development, phonological awareness and comprehension. 


Please continue reading to your child each night.   You are helping to instill a love of literature as well as expanding vocabulary.  Your child also needs to practice reading on their own each night in a “just right” book.  Readers need to be immersed in print!  Parents need to be good role models as reading habits are developing.  Let your child see you read!


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.  We look forward to helping your child become a lifelong reader.


Carol Harris and Virginia Tiernan

Finding Books Using Scholastic Book Wizard

  • Log onto
  • Click on "Book Wizard" on the left side of website.
  • Click on the Guided Reading button (A-Z).
  • Type the title, author or keyword of a book you are interested in locating.
  • You have the option of searching for books similar to the one you located.
  • You can also search for books by genre.

Summer Learning Ideas


Summer Learning, Side-by-Side - a family activity for summer learning by Reading RocketsA reading, writing, learning activity for parent and child or the whole family. 


American Library Association's "Great Websites for Kids" - place for parents to look first for ideas


Books and Making Them Real for Students - lists of books with activity suggestions from Reading Rockets


25 Activities for Reading and Writing Fun - lists of fun and easy things to do for children of all ages from Reading Rockets


Reading Adventure Packs - paired fiction and non-fiction reading activities for free download by Reading Rockets for PreK-Grade 3


Start with a Book Reading Adventures - Using the tracking sheet write down the places you visited, things you learned and the books you read about the various places or topics. From Reading Rockets and Park Foundation. DIY Science Camp - select topics to learn more, encourage non-fiction reading. Summer Writing - journals and ready to use writing activities. Read Alouds - tips and information


Curriculum Resources

In the Language Arts category you will find activities for reading, spelling, phonics, sight words, fluency and writing.

Read Write Think 

A comprehensive site with activities and lessons on all language arts areas.

Reading Rockets

General Information on various language arts topics and what teachers, students and parents can do to help.

Phonemic Awareness

Decoding and Phonics 





The Mathematics and Science sections include math fact practice, brainteasers, games and websites to engage young scientists.  U.S. Department of Education's Helping Your Child Learn Math (pdf)

Math Fact Practice - at

Space Place - NASA 

National Geographic Kids Website - a resource to many links on topics from the arts to history to science and beyond.

Cool Science - a resource to many links from the Eastern Regional Libraries in Australia



Please use the internet wisely and supervise your children when they are online.

What is Workshop?

Teacher's College Reading & Writing Project

Vimeo - videos and descriptions about the project goals

English Language Learners

Resources for English Language Learners

Colorin Colorado is a trusted resource for current information, activities and links for families of students learning English. The website is also available in Spanish (just click on en espanol at the the top).

     Resources for Families - reading with your children, technology resources, school success, libraries and more

     Reading Tip Sheets for Familes - available in 11 languages 

     Tips for Parent Teacher Conferences

     Common Core Information about the Common Core state standards.


California Department of Education 

English Language Development Standards (electronic edition 2012)


California English Language Development Test (CELDT) Parent Information (pdf)


Resources and Links

Programs and or Apps:
Book Leveling:
Leveled Book Lists
Find  A Great Book or Article:

Internet resources you won't want to miss. 
Learning Beyond the Classroom Activities   Read Write Think 

Learning beyond the classroom with links for K-2. 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12 students. Resources for parents, also. Sponsored by the International Reading Association and the National Council of Teachers of English. 

Booklists by the Contra Costa Public Library 

Lists for children from birth through 6th grade are on this webpage. A must for all young readers and their parents.

Build Fluency with Paired Reading An intervention strategy to help build fluency for you and your child to do together. 


A comprehensive portal filled with activities for reading, word study, math, science, social studies, sign language, preschool, and favorite characters like Clifford and books including Magic School Bus. 


Please use the internet wisely and supervise your children when they are online.

Read Across America Day

About NEA’s Read Across America*

The National Education Association is building a nation of readers through its signature program, NEA’s Read Across America. Now in its 18th year, this year-round program focuses on motivating children and teens to read through events, partnerships, and reading resources.* Read Across America is celebrated on or near Dr. Seuss's birthday, March 2nd, of each year.


"You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read with a child."


Reading Resources for Students*

* Provided by NEA Website