Well folks, it changed my life!! (along with The Book Whisperer) I read all 3 books in record time and decided I was going to flip my world upside down to incorporate all of this into my classroom. (side note, for those of you who don't know me.....um how do I say this?????????????????????????????????????????
me + change = not very pretty!!!
I'll do it, don't get me wrong BUT sometimes it's not pretty getting there. So, if there is anyone out there who hasn't tried Daily 5, you must!!! If I can flip my world allllllllll around and change everything, then you can to:)
Let me tell you, you will be glad you did! What an amazing year I had and I truly believe it is because of Daily 5 (and Book Whisperer). So I am so excited about the upcoming book study. One thing I felt was tough for me was finding/coming up with the activities for word work for the older kids. There are tons of things out there for the littles but for the older kids, not as much. I can't wait to learn and learn some more things about using the Daily 5 and CAFE in my classroom.
If you are curious about how my journey with Daily 5 started and how it went throughout the year, you can check out the tab at the top of my blog called "Daily 5 in Our Room". That is my thumbnail gallery with all the links to my Daily 5 activities and discussions.
I'm also really excited about CAFE. I have to admit (and think I've said this some in my posts) that last year, since it was my first year with Daily 5, I didn't do CAFE the traditional way. I taught all the lessons but didn't do the conferences as they state in the book. Another word of wisdom for those of you just starting......you have to make it work for you and your class. I am so glad so many people told me that in the beginning because OCD me thinks everything has to be perfectly like it was stated in the book. Nope:) Make it work for you:) I'm anxious to dive deeper into the CAFE part this year. So anxious, I made some new signs to go with my classroom colors and the new color (gray) I am adding:) Here's how they turned out:
My additional decor:
Thinking about possibly making several color sets of the CAFE signs and possibly putting them in my stores, if there is an interest.......anyone???
I'm also soooooooo jazzed about my Monday Made It!!!!!
If you linked up.....THANK YOU!!! If you haven't linked up yet, there is still time, click the button OR you can save it and link up Monday:) I will be hosting this every Monday throughout the summer:D I have added so many ideas to my wish/to do list!!
That will call for lots of time and coffee!!!!