Literacy Cafe is the structure we will use to organize our literacy learning time. During this time, the children will be busy completing meaningful literacy tasks. The choices are:
Read to Self
Work on Writing
Listen to Reading
Read to Someone
Right now, we are focusing on increasing our stamina to work independently during Read to Self, Read to Someone and Work on Writing. Over the next few weeks, 2 more choices will be introduced. While the students are completing their literacy tasks, I meet with small groups and conference with individual students.
The other component of our literacy time is Writers Workshop. This is time for introducing new ideas and teaching skills that the children will use independently during Work on Writing.
Daily 5 is how we schedule our literacy block. CAFÉ is what we study during this time. CAFÉ 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. Then, when you read with your child at home, you will be able to reinforce these concepts.
It is going to be exciting to watch your child’s reading and writing skills blossom throughout the year.
On Friday the children amazed me by reading for 17 minutes with focus and independence!