Race to Read: A Step-by-Step Guidebook for Parents

Race to Read for Parents

Schools in several districts and states are purchasing the Race to Read materials for incoming parents of kindergarteners. The guidebook, along with the homework folder is helping parents and teachers work closely together to build early literacy skills.

On this page you will find three short videos demonstrating how to use the Letter and Sight Word Charts in the book. You will also find an image of how the homework folder should look on a day to day basis.


FIRST DO THE PRETEST
Before you start a new chart, find out what your child already knows on the chart and circle the concepts with a pencil.


 


WORD OF THE DAY AND THE BUSTER SHUFFLE

Find the Word of the Day. Provide practice with the new word while reinforcing circled words on the chart.

 


MASTERY SOUNDS LIKE THIS

Circle a word on the chart when your child can read the word without hesitation and with confidence. The Word of the Day is not circled the first time it is practices.

 


TIP Your child may forget a word that has been circled. Just erase the circle and make it the Word of the Day.

More tips: Stay positive. Practice every day. Keep the sessions short and sweet. It is better to practice happily for five minutes than drudgingly for ten. Be quick to tell the child the letter or word without waiting long. Feeling frustrated is counterproductive so just give it to the child. Through practice, the child will begin to say it before you and that is what you want to hear. Give lots of praise. Let your child know how proud you are of the continued work and new skills mastered.

 

Homework Folder
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The Buster Shuffle Steps for Race to Read

The Buster Shuffle is a quick and easy teaching strategy you can use to help a child learn new words on the Word Lists.  It takes less than one minute.
When you start a new Word List you will want to find out which words the child already knows on this list.  Do a Pre-test.

  • Turn to the new Word List.
  • Ask the child to read each word on the list.
  • Circle the words he reads without hesitation.
  • Tell the child he will get help to learn all of the words on this list one word at a time.
  • This concludes the Pre-test.

During the next session, do the Buster Shuffle:

  • Turn to the Word List page with the Post-it flag.
  • Ask the child to start reading the words on the chart beginning with the first word in the first row.  Immediately stop when you discover the first word the child does not read quickly and explain that this word is going to be the Word of the Day.
  • Point to the Word of the Day and say “Today we are going to practice this word five times.”
  • You say the word and ask the child to say it.
  • Now point to a circled word on the same list and have the child say that word.
  • Go directly back to the Word of the Day and have the child read it.  He may need your help to read it.
  • Point to another circled word and ask the child to read that word.
  • Go directly back to the Word of the Day and by now the child may be reading it without hesitation.  If not, help him.
  • Have the child read two more circled words and then return to the Word of the Day.
  • Continue the shuffle until the child has read the Word of the Day five times.
  • This concludes the session.  Short, focused, effective.

Do not circle the Word of the Day during this session.  Successfully performing the Buster Shuffle, reading the Word of the Day correctly five times, does not mean the child has committed the word to long term memory.  If the child can read the word without hesitation during the next session, the word is circled.  Most children need to practice a new word numerous times before they dominate it.
When the child can read every word on the list, without hesitation, celebrate by having a quiet certificate signing ceremony.

Print The Buster Shuffle - PDF Document

Print The Buster Shuffle - Word Document



 

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News and Events

2016 Training Dates:

August 2016

Rock Creek Elementary
8/10 Wed. 9:30 a.m.

Rocklin/Lincoln area TBA
8/10  Wed. 4:00 p.m.

Rock Creek Elementary
8/11 Thurs. 4:00 p.m.

Rocklin/Lincoln area TBA
8/11  Thurs. 9:30 a.m.

Rock Creek Elementary
8/17 Wed. 9:30 a.m.

Rocklin/Lincoln area TBA8/17 Wed. 4:00 p.m.

Rock Creek Elementary
8/18 Thurs. 4:00 p.m.

Rocklin/Lincoln area TBA8/18 Thurs. 9:30 a.m.


September 2016

Rock Creek Elementary
9/14 Wed. 9:30 a.m.

Rocklin/Lincoln area TBA
9/14 Wed. 4:00 p.m.

Rock Creek Elementary
9/15 Thurs. 4:00 p.m.

Rocklin/Lincoln area TBA
9/15 Thurs. 9:30 a.m.


October 2016

Rock Creek Elementary
10/12 Wed. 9:30 a.m.

Rocklin/Lincoln area TBA
10/12 Wed. 4:00 p.m.

Rock Creek Elementary
10/13 Thurs. 4:00 p.m.

Rocklin/Lincoln area TBA
10/13 Thurs. 9:30 a.m.


November 2016

Rock Creek Elementary
11/9 Wed. 9:30 a.m.

Rocklin/Lincoln area TBA
11/9 Wed. 4:00 p.m.

Rock Creek Elementary
11/10 Thurs. 4:00 p.m.

Rocklin/Lincoln area TBA
11/10 Thurs. 9:30 a.m.

                               

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In the News:

August 18, 2015
Auburn Journal:

Sharing the Language of Learning
Community program at local schools gives students a head start in reading comprehension.
See the article

Placer Community Foundation November newsletter: Helping Children Bust through Books One Word at a Time
See the article

November 30, 2014
Auburn Journal:
Another View: Busting down literacy hurdles

By: John Bowman / Guest Columnist
See the article

August 22, 2014
Auburn Journal:

Volunteers sought for kids reading program:
Sight Word Busters to hold trainings at local schools
See the article

June 27, 2014
Auburn Journal:
Sight Word Busters volunteers celebrate students’ reading success
See the article

August, 2013
Rock Creek Elementary School shows 10% growth in STAR Language Arts. Superintendent mentions Sight Word Buster Program as one of the contributing factors.
See the article

Aggie Roberts Elementary School in Henderson, NV purchases Race to Read, A Step-by-Step Guidebook for Parents for all incoming kindergarten families.

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