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Reading Lab Calendar

Jill Tarkoff

Welcome to the Reading Lab

Welcome to the Reading Lab at Springhill School! The Reading Lab provides support for reading instruction and English Language Development to students in addition to the regular classroom.  Direct instruction focuses on word analysis/decoding, fluency, vocabulary development, phonological awareness and comprehension.


Please continue to read to your children each night. You are helping to instill a love of literature as well as expanding vocabulary. Your child also needs to practice reading his or her "just right" books. Readers need to be immersed in print! Be a great role model to your children and show them all the materials you read and how important it is to you.


If you have any questions, please contact me. I look forward to helping your child discover the magic of reading!

Jill Tarkoff

Reading Specialist, Springhill School

Summer Learning Ideas


Join Lafayette School District's Summer Reading Challenge - Summer Reading Challenge - Discover all the different ways you can enjoy reading! 


Contra Costa County Library Summer Reading Program - links to books and activities throughout the County. Color Your Summer with Reading!


Keep Your Kids Reading All Summer Long - a list of tips from Highlights Magazine to keep reading going throughout the summer. 


Summer Learning, Side-by-Side - a family activity for summer learning by Reading Rockets

A reading, writing, learning activity for parent and child or the whole family. 


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

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.


Teacher's College Reading & Writing Project

Vimeo - videos and descriptions about the project goals


Language Arts information and 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. 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. 

Reading Rockets

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

Build Fluency with Paired Reading by Jim Wright (pdf) An intervention strategy to help build fluency for you and your child to do together. 

Tips for parents are also found under What Good Readers Do (from Ontario, Canada workshop.on.oc), The National Institute for Literacy A Child Becomes a Reader (pdf).


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

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

English Learning

In this section you will find resources and information on helping English Learners excel in learning English. 


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)


English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) - information on the ELPAC Assessments (pdf), Parent information on ELPAC at ELPAC Resources (pdf)

Internet resources you won't want to miss. 

School Resources for Parents 

Explore this site for learning activities for your child's grade and parent information on learning and school related isues. 


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.

Summer Reading Challenge

Lafayette School District's Summer Reading Challenge is for all the schools' students. See how many ways you can enjoy reading this summer by participating.

Here is a link to all the forms and information. Forms may be downloaded at any time at the end of the school year and throughout the summer. Cross off or check off all the reading challenges on the back. The goal is to do them all. Students can even check off items multiple times. Two items are fill in the blank - readers' choice! You reread your favorite book or you read books to your stuffed animals - fill it in. Read on a plane, a boat, at your grandparents or at camp? Fill it in! On the back of the challenge grid is an optional way to record your summer reading - a Summer Reading Log. Fill in the Book title, author and number of pages on the log. Return completed forms the first week of school to your child's new classroom. Prizes are distributed in the first weeks of school. Enjoy reading during the Summer Reading Challenge!

Click here for the Summer Reading Challenge Form for all grades.

Scholastic Reading Book List for All Ages 2017

Springhill Library

From our Librarian:

The Lafayette School District Library Program is essential to the learning process and is fully integrated into the district's strategic plan and curriculum. It prepares students and staff to be responsible users of ideas and information. Emphasis is placed on the appreciation and enjoyment of reading as well as empowering students with the skills and knowledge necessary to thrive in a quickly changing world.


What's in the Library?

  • 13, 500 books for student checkout
  • 42 reference books
  • 80 ebooks
  • 272 books for parents and staff
  • 81 DVDs for classroom use
  • 9 children's magazines
  • 3 magazines for staff members
  • Contra Costa Times  

Shelves with Books


Springhill School Library has a web-based online public access catalog (OPAC) that can be accessed from any of six search stations in the library, in the classroom, or at home from any computer or device with internet access.

Read Across America All Year Long


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. This year-round program focuses on motivating children and teens to read through events, partnerships, and reading resources.* 


Reading Resources for Students*

* Provided by NEA Website