The CAFE Reading Program was designed by the same creators as The Daily Five. CAFE stands for Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency and Expanding Vocabulary. These are four areas of reading skills that our students work on throughout the year. During CAFE time, teachers teach whole class lessons, small group lessons and lessons with individuals to work on these reading skills.
The CAFE Daily 5 consists of five key elements: Read to Self, Read to Someone, Listen to Reading, Work on Writing and Word Work. Each of these foundations are introduced and students work at building stamina, by practising each skill over a period of time, until they become independent.
In Prep, for example, there is a focus on four areas of reading: Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency and Expand vocabulary. Each morning the children are busy reading individually while focusing on individual strategies based on assessment and conferencing with the teacher.
The Prep rooms are also involving the children in the CAFE activities which include reading to self, reading to someone, listening to reading, word work and working on writing. In writing the children will continue to focus on recount writing in particular remembering the events in sequence and also continue to write narrative stories. The students will be introduced to some other forms of text types and will be able to participate in free choice writing activities to help them build their stamina in writing. The students will also use their knowledge of ICT to write, edit and publish their own story books which we will include in our class libraries.
CAFE Reading is an effective teaching process that provides students with strategies to develop greater comprehension.
The difference between skilled and developing readers is in what they do when comprehension is compromised. Skilled readers do not simply notice that they have lost meaning. They also have plans for fixing up their comprehension.
(Fisher, D., Frey, N., & Lapp, D., In a Reading State of Mind Brain research, Teacher Modelling, and Comprehension Instruction)