for High-Stakes Standarized Testing
Tips for Parents - How to Help Your
Child Prepare for the ELA Lamson
Check to see that your child has done their homework and
has done it well every night.
Ensure that their reading time is a
very special, very quiet time.
Sit and read with
your child as much as possible.
Your child should
stay in one place without movement or distraction for
at least 30 minutes while they read.
Your child should
be staying with the same book every night until he/she
Here are some questions to check your child's comprehension
while they read:
Who is the main character? Describe
Who are some of the other characters?
What are the relationships between
the characters like?
Where does the story take place?
What is the problem?
What is the main idea of the chapter
you are reading?
Reading Responses/Reading Logs
When your child is finished reading, he or she needs
to be writing a reading response and filling in their reading
log every night (with the exception of Fridays).
If your time is extremely limited, and you only have 10
minutes a day to check your child's homework, ask them to
show you their test prep homework.
Checking Test Prep Homework
Try to let your child do the test prep
work on their own first, (they will be on their own on
the real test).
Check their answers and ask them to
explain how they figured them out (it helps to do this
with right answers as well as wrong answers)
Ask them to tell you what type of question
they are working on (Main Idea, Theme, Detail, etc.)
If they are doing a piece of writing,
you can check it using "How
to Score a 4" [PDF
Additional Activities that Would
Reading to your child and asking the
same questions as above.
Reviewing old work in their Blue Test
Prep workbook. (if available)
Doing practice work in store - bought
reading comprehension workbooks.
Ask your children to explain what they
have been learning about reading and writing in school.