The Daily Five and CAFÉ Menu
It won’t be long until you hear your child talking about “The Daily Five” and a “CAFÉ” menu. The purpose of this letter is to fill you in on what The Daily Five and CAFÉ is all about.The Daily Five is a way of structuring our reading block so every student is independently engaged in meaningful literacy tasks. These research-based tasks are ones that will have the biggest impact on student reading and writing achievement, as well as foster children who love to read and write. Students receive explicit whole group instruction and then are given independent practice time to read and write independently while I provide focused, intense instruction to small groups of students during Guided Reading.
When it is up and running smoothly, students will be engaged in the Daily Five, which is comprised of:
- Read to Self - The research continually shows that the very best way to become a better reader is to practice, practice, practice! Your child will read books at his/her “just right” level each day, practicing reading strategies from the CAFÉ men
- Work on Writing - Just like it takes practice, practice, practice to become a better reader, it takes practice, practice, practice to become a better writer! We will also have a separate Writer’s Workshop later in the day.
- · Working with Words - Working with words helps children become better spellers and writers. Your child will learn about word parts and practice high frequency ‘sight’ words using play dough, stamps, tiles, and whiteboards.
- · Read to Someone - Reading to someone helps develop reading fluency and comprehension, and it’s FUN!
- · Listen to Reading - Listening to reading helps children develop reading fluency. It also allows them to access texts that they can’t read independently yet.