Sunday, June 3, 2012

Summer Book Study

This summer I'm joining in with a few of my teacher bloggy friends to do a book study on the The Daily 5 and CAFE.  I'm just starting to read The Daily 5 and I'm really enjoying it.  While I read, I'm trying to figure out how I'm going to do some of the components of the program with my students.  For example, how does a child that can't talk do "read to others".  I know I can program some augmentative communication devices with pages of a book, but will it be authentic? 

For all of you out there in special ed., have you tried Daily 5?  I would love to hear from anyone who has experience with this program.


Jessica Ann Stanford said...

I really need to pick these up!! Where do you grab yours? The bookstores near me look at me crazy when I ask for them.

Jessica Stanford
Mrs. Stanford's Class Blog

A Special Kind of Class said...


I got mine at my local Scholar's Choice store. I would think that any teacher store would have them. Good luck.


Unknown said...

You will L O V E, love daily 5 and CAFE! You can really make it what you want/need. For Read to Someone I made that my buddy room time at first. I had students from 3rd grade reading with my kinders and my kinders had to track to words with their buddy. The check for understanding is a big part of read to someone and programming the devices for that would totally be authentic.

The free ebook is still up on the publisher's site for CAFE
Amazon sells both books

Claire said...

I'm glad you posted this because I am wondering the same thing! I have a class of kids with moderate to severe disabilities (physical/speech and intellectual) and I want to try the Daily 5, but I'm just not sure it can work for my kids.

Kelsey said...

Hi Amanda,

I'm a special ed teacher as well. I find this challenging as well. I haven't read "Daily 5" yet but it's on my summer reading list. One way I have my students read to others is by creating digital books and using text-to-speech software. I know that the students isn't "reading" but they are participating in the activity. When I "test" their reading I use the device and have the student create the sentence. That way I know they are "actually" reading. The problem with doing this with the whole class is that I takes most of my students a super long time to create each sentence due to fine and gross motor delays. I find that my other kiddos are not patient enough to wait and their attention is lost.

Sarah said...

I would LOVE to join you guys. Our school is making the transition too -- I have the two books on my night stand and also have the same questions w/ AC devices! HOW DO YOU KNOW!?

Can I join?
Sarah (gen ed tch)

marianne said...

Hi! I was excited to see your post about improving reading instruction in a special education classroom with moderate to severe students. I have been teaching a self-contained classroom for ten years and always seem to struggle with reading as my population changes along with the diversity of disabilities. I just ordered the books and hope to have them by the 8th. I look forward to reading about everyone's ideas and sharing some too!

scrapsalot said...

Hi Amanda
I have used the Daily 5 in my IM class last year. I liked it. This year I am on an IO class and I have introduced reading to self using the building stamina approach and even with these kids who are still learning to read it has worked. I would recommend giving it a go.