We are a Mandarin immersion school and will be starting to implement aspects of Daily Five. If your school has experience we’d love to get in touch! Especially interested in how to build independence in reading and writing since Chinese is character-based (all sight words). We’d also love to know if you’ve found any suitable Chinese story books or series for emergent readers.

Thank you!





Jelena Naim

We teach Arabic daily PreK-high school, and we would also like to use Daily 5/CAFE as an instructional format for that. Have you gotten your Chinese language teachers any Daily 5 PD? It is an awesome format for L2 as well, I think, but I’m sure many tweaks are necessary. We focus on oral language (perhaps a 70%/30% ratio speaking-listening vs reading-writing time-wise) in PK-5th grade, so that alone would require some changes. I don’t have answers to your question, but would love to learn how you implement this and hope to share more ideas with you and other world language teachers!

Lorraine Chao

Thanks for reaching out! I just went to the training in Orange County with three other teachers from our school. It was so helpful, and inspiring. Last year we didn’t really have a curriculum or consistent approach for teaching Mandarin, so we’re looking forward to trying out pieces of Daily Five as they fit. Starting with listening and speaking will be really important for us, too, and we didn’t do enough of that last year.
Will stay in touch!

Mandy Eilers

Hello! I am also interested in connecting on strategies for using the Daily 5 in Mandarin immersion school settings. Since this post is a little older, maybe you'd be willing to share how implementation has gone? Thanks!

Melanie Maynarich

Hi Mandy,

I currently teach at a bilingual school in California where the students are either in a French or Chinese program (upper grades are about a 50/50 split between the target language and English). Some of our teachers are doing Daily 5 in their Mandarin classroom and some English teachers have been too. I would love to hear more about how things have been going for you and your teachers and I would love to share some things we've done here. We see our students about two hours a day, so it's a hard balance to get everything in that we need to teach and bouncing ideas from other teachers at different schools would be great to hear! Let me know how we can get in touch :) As for the original post, if you do happen to see this and would like to get in touch with our Chinese staff regarding books/resources, please also let me know!


Mandy Eilers

Hi Melanie! Yes, let's get in touch! My school serves PreK-12th grade in Minnesota, and our elementary school has immersion options for Spanish and Mandarin. Please feel free to contact me at [email protected] so we can chat more :) I am the school Literacy Coach. I'm sure my Chinese speaking colleagues would be interested in collaborating on books/resources, and I am particularly interested in how to support Daily 5/Cafe in Chinese instruction. Thanks!


Melanie and Mandy~~ what a great connection you are making!  Hope it will brin you lots of opportunities to collaborate during the new year!!


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