Welcome to a new school year! I hope you had a wonderful summer and enjoyed spending quality time with your children. This summer I was deeply engrossed in discovering what researchers say most benefits students as they become readers, writers, and lifelong learners. As a result, the structure of my literacy block may look and sound a little different and I am EXCITED!
It won’t be long until you hear your child talking about “The Daily Five.” The purpose of this letter is to fill you in on what The Daily Five is all about, so you don’t have to nod your head while wondering what in the world your child is referring to.
The Daily Five is a way of structuring the 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 explicitly whole group instruction and then are given independent practice time to read and write independently while I provide focused, intense instruction to individuals or small groups of students.
When it is up and running smoothly, students will be engaged in the Daily Five, which is comprised of
- Read to Self
- Read to Someone
- Word Work
- Listen to Reading
There are very specific behavior expectations that go with each of The Daily Five components. We will spend the first weeks working intensely on building our reading and writing stamina, learning the behaviors of The Daily Give, and fostering our classroom community. I will also spend time learning about your child’s strengths and greatest needs as a reader in order to best plan for each student’s instruction.
One thing you will notice that may be a change for you is a decrease in the number of worksheets your child brings home. While worksheets keep students busy, they don’t really result in the high level of learning I want you for your child. Instead your child will be taught to select “Good Fit Books” or books they can read, understand, and are interested in. They will be spending most of their time actually reading, which research supports as the number one way of improving reading. I anticipate the motivation and enjoyment of reading will skyrocket when this gift of choosing their own books is accompanied by extended practice and specific reading instruction for each individual child.
As you can see, I am excited about giving your child the opportunity to be involved in instruction that will have a positive effect on their education.
Please think of our classroom when you visit garage sales or clean your own child’s book case. Also, any books you purchase through the monthly Scholastic magazine will help the classroom earn points so that we can purchase more books. It is my goal to make our classroom library as appealing as your favorite book store for browsing.
The link below will take you to the CAFE Menu that has the strategies we are learning in the classroom!