Welcome to a new school year! I know each
year in your child’s schooling presents new expectations and routines
for you and your child to become familiar with. My goal is to introduce
classroom routines and structures in a way that removes all of the
guesswork from the children and allows them to concentrate fully on
learning. In reading, the classroom structure I use is called “Daily
Five”. Soon your child will be talking about “The Daily Five” at home.
The purpose of this letter is to explain to you what The Daily Five is
and what you should expect to see at home.
The Daily Five is a literacy structure
that teaches independence and gives children the skills needed to create
a lifetime love of reading and writing. It consists of five tasks that
are introduced individually. When introduced to each task, the children
discuss what it looks like, sounds like, and feels like to engage in the
task independently. Then, the children work on building their stamina
until they are successful at being independent while doing that task.
The five tasks include:
1. Read to self
2. Read to someone
3. Listen to reading
4. Work on writing
5. Word work
When all five tasks have been introduced
and the children are fully engaged in reading and writing activities, I
am able to work with small groups and confer with children one on one.
This structure is effective, the results are amazing, and the children
really look forward to Daily Five time. Ask your child about Daily Five
and see what he/she has to say. I anticipate your child will tell you
about the class stamina, how we are working towards independence, and
maybe you will even hear about some of the fantastic things your child
has written, read, or listened to during our structured reading time.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.
Written by: Allison Behne ©www.thedailycafe.com