Don’t you just love little cafés? So often they offer great food, a fun atmosphere, and a fantastic overall experience. What I love the most about little cafés, though, is the menu. It’s often a work of art, and mimics the feel of the café. The food on the menu has interesting names and every dish starts to sound decadent. In fact, if it weren’t for the menu, you wouldn’t know what each dish offered. And if you want to pick the perfect, “just right” dish, the menu becomes invaluable.
Today I want to invite you into a Café. Will this café offer food? Well, yes, sustenance. Will this café have a menu? Yes, for sure. Will this Café be exciting and fun? Indeed it will! Well, come on then--what--or where-- is this café? Just pick up a favorite book and come dine with me: we’re diving into...Café Reading!
Café Reading is a reading plan developed by two teachers who happen to be sisters – Gail Boushey and Joan Moser. The Café was designed to function right alongside a reading structure named The Daily Five. In the structure of The Daily Five, students or kids develop wonderful habits in literacy.
The five components are:
Read to Self
Read to Someone
Work on Writing
Listen to Reading.
All five of these components help build a stronger reader, and each has distinct benefits.
The Café is a structure, or a menu, that offers many strategies or options that students can use to become stronger, more fluent readers.
Here’s what’s on the menu:
This vital component builds many choices on “the Menu” that children can use to better understand what they are reading or what they are hearing.
This component offers options that children can use to make sure that they are reading the words accurately and, if they aren’t, great options or strategies to use to correct it.
What is Fluency? As noted on Scholastic.com, “The most well-known definition of fluency is the ability to read text accurately, quickly.” Reading smoothly and accurately changes the game. Read more about Fluency here:
E –Expand Vocabulary
I love this one! Every single time a child reads (or you read to them) his or her vocabulary is expanding. That is why it is critical to read to your child from before birth on. They are listening, making connections, expanding their vocabulary and more.
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Over the next several weeks, I will be diving into each piece of the menu and discussing how you, as a parent, can use these wonderful menu options to help your child become a better reader and, in the long run, a better student. The food on this menu will be rich in excitement and learning, so come dine with me in The Café!
Until next time, some food for thought:
There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully
as those we spent with a favorite book.
Disclaimer: All parts of The Daily Five and The Café are owned by The 2 Sisters – Gail Boushey & Joan Moser.