Daily Five is a format that teaches students to be independent. Students have been practicing reading independently and we call it, "Read to Self." They've learned to pick a "good spot" in the room that they feel comfortable reading books. Sometimes it's sitting on a chair, on the floor, on the beanbag chair, on a set of pillows, or sometimes even under the table! As long as they are on task and enjoying a book without being bothered, it is a good spot.
Recently, students have been introduced to "Word Work." Students choose a hands on activity that involves working with letters, sounds, vocabulary words, sight words, and rhyming words. This is a wonderful way for students to be engaged with what they are learning. Students are able to have fun while building skills that will help them become better readers.
Once students develop independence in these areas, we will move on to Listen to Reading. We have a computer station ready to go for online technology integrated into our classroom! We will be teaching students how to use Raz Kids and each student will be able to listen to a story read to them, read it by themselves, and record themselves for the teacher to hear. In fact, there might be a way that even parents could hear a recording of their child reading aloud a book! We'll look into that! :)
As time goes on, we will continue adding more of the Daily Five activities into our routine. Why do we use the Daily Five method? All for the sake of being able to meet each child's individual needs in a one on one conference and meet with small groups for focused lessons based on what those students need to become better readers. Children learn best when they are engaged in meaningful activities. All students learn at different paces and are on different levels...and that is good! We encourage learning at all levels! Daily Five teaches students to be engaged in meaningful and independent learning activities, while the teacher is able to meet with students individually or in small groups. We are then able to set reading goals with the students, teach strategies that are best for them, and assist students with becoming better readers!
We're really excited about Daily Five and the students are doing GREAT so far!