Here is one sample parent letter to send home each fall (or when a new student joins the class) explaining Daily 5 and CAFE.
Welcome to our classroom. This will be a year filled with many new experiences and learning for your child.
During our literacy time in our classroom, we use a structure called The Daily 5. At the beginning, this structure is put into place helping teach children to be independent on literacy tasks. Once students are taught the behaviors of the tasks and build their stamina for independence, I will be able to work with individuals and small groups. We also use CAFE, which is a visual aid for organizing the reading strategies your children will be learning to read books at their own level.
Once children are taught to build their stamina they will be engaged each day in these research-based meaningful tasks:
- Read to self
- Work on writing
- Word Work
- Listen to reading
- Read to Someone
While the students are engaged in their literacy choices, I will be teaching small groups and individuals, so everyone can get the just-in-time instruction they need to reach their full literacy potential.
CAFE is the organzation of the reading strategies taught during the Daily 5 time. CAFE is the acronym for the four major components of reading:
- C for Comprehension
- A for Accuracy
- F for Fluency
- E for Expanding Vocabulary
Your child will learn reading strategies within each category. These strategies will become tools they learn and apply to help them become better readers and writers. I will keep you informed through weekly newsletters of the new strategies that are introduced to the whole class. You'll be updated about your child's individual strategies through Parent Pipelines. Both of these communications will help you reinforce concepts when you read with your child at home.
Thank you for partnering with me. It is going to be a great year.