Daily 5

Dear Parents,

Welcome to my classroom! This will be a year filled with many new experiences for your child. Each day we will be actively engaged in learning.

We have just begun our Daily 5 and CAFE adventure! This is the reading and writing program implemented in my classroom.

Daily 5 is the structure we will use to plan our morning. Children will be busy completing meaningful literacy tasks. The choices will be:

  • Read to self
  • Work on writing
  • Word Work
  • Listen to reading
  • Read to Someone

Right now, we are focusing on increasing our stamina to work independently during Read to Self. Within the next few months, the other choices will be introduced. While the students are completing their literacy tasks, I will be meeting with small groups and conferencing with individual students.Daily 5 is how we schedule our language block. CAFE is what we study during this time. CAFE is an acronym for the four major components of reading. They are:

  • C for Comprehension
  • A for Accuracy
  • F for Fluency
  • E for Expanding Vocabulary

The children will learn reading strategies within each category. These strategies will become tools for the children to use to help themselves become better readers and writers. I will keep you informed when new strategies are introduced to the whole class through weekly newsletters and your child’s individual strategies through Parent Pipelines. Both of these communications will give you clear directions as to how to reinforce these concepts when you read with your child at home.

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