Wednesday, June 13, 2012

My Daily 5 Journey

I have been interested in the Daily 5 for a couple of years now actually. Two years ago I read the book and was HOOKED! It seemed to be the answer for me and I was looking forward to not planning for 10 different literacy centers each week.

But then school started.

I soon realized that I had one of  those groups that was going to be VERY challenging. Ugh.

I didn't let it discourage me though. I kept at it and really tried to implement the Daily 5 to the best of my ability. The year proved to be a very difficult one and although I loved the idea of the Daily 5 by Spring time I was craving the familiar structure of Debbie Diller type literacy centers.

The next summer I decided that I would order the CAFE book and join the Sisters website in order to learn more about the structure of Daily 5 and CAFE.  I also made the decision NOT to implement the Daily 5 last school year while I was taking my time reading and learning about it. I needed a year to learn at my own pace while implementing something I was more familiar with.

So now that I've had a chance to regroup and rethink my approach to literacy I'm joining the Daily Five KINDERGARTEN book study at Live Love Laugh Everyday in Kindergarten.  I can't wait to see how other Kindergarten teachers are already implementing the D5 or how they plan to.

So here we go with the reflection questions for chapter one.......

1.  How do I teach new behaviors?
     Well like many other Kindergarten classrooms we  PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE!! Isn't that what we all do in Kindergarten for the beginning of the school year?  I have found that it works best for me to teach new behaviors in short mini-lessons and then have the students role-model for each other.  For traditional centers in the past I've always picked one center a day to focus on the desired behaviors. The same can be done for Daily 5 in my opinion but I would stretch it out over a couple of days.

2.  How do I teach expectations?
     One aspect from the D5 that stuck with me from the first time I read the book was the use of "I charts."  This is one type of anchor chart that I have found to be very helpful! I've used them for not only literacy centers, but math and other daily activities.  I have found that reviewing these frequently at the beginning of the year to be a great start.  Throughout the year we have revisited some of the I-charts when our behavior was slipping a bit. This seems to be a great reflective practice for the class in general.

3.  How do I monitor student behavior? (Whole group, small group, individual)     AND
4.  What do I do when a student is not exhibiting desired behaviors?
     Our school embraces Whole Brain Teaching and I have found success with using the The Score Board for monitoring the whole class. If their behavior is meeting expectations then the class earns a point. If not I earn a point.  We usually have a class daily goal of something that they are working for at the end of the day if the class has more points.  In addition, as I'm working with groups or individuals I take mental notes of who is needing some extra practice or guidance with the expected behaviors.  This is something we can work on together during their end of the day thematic centers  and not involve the entire class.  They usually HATE to give up any of their center time so after a practice round or two their behavior usually greatly improves. =)

5.  Whose classroom is it?
     The classroom belongs to all of us.  If things are not going smoothly then we are all effected.  When we respect each other, the materials and our procedures then we are all learning from each other.

6.  Locus of control?
     Right now I have name sticks that go in a box.  If your stick is drawn at the end of the day your earn a pass to get a prize from the office. The more sticks in the box the better of your chances to get your name drawn.  I'm not sure if I'm sticking with this for next year but it worked like a charm this past year!!

7.  Where are supplies stored?
     We have both community supplies located throughout the room and my students use writing tubs to keep individual materials in. These work great for us to store our journals, word rings, writing folders and writing utensils.  They can take their tub whatever spot they are working on in the room and have everything they need.

I can't wait to read everyone's responses to chapter one! Remember if you are interested in D5 for Kindergarten go check out Live, Love, Laugh Everyday in Kindergarten's Linky Party.  Have a great rest of the week!
                                                                               Mrs. M


  1. How cute is your website!!! I smiled big cause I love to eat a cupcake or two as well. I also see reference to brain-based teaching, which I am fond of. I look forward to learning more from you!

  2. I loved reading about your D5 journey. I used D5 when I taught 1st and 2nd but was too scared to try it in kinder and went back to Debbie Diller style workstations too (and I think they work great). But I know I want something more. I hope I am able to make D5 work in my kinder room too! :0)

    I am now following your blog!
    Kindergarten Lifestyle

    1. Wonderful...thank you for following! I can't wait to get started with D5 again. Now that I see what didn't work for me the first time around I'm hoping I can tweak it to make it a perfect fit for my Kdg classroom. =)

  3. I found you throught the D5 book study. I just went from teaching 2nd to teaching Pre-K and spend all last year wondering if there was any way to use it with 4-5 year old kids. I am so excited about this group!

    1. Thank you for stopping by! I think it's a great idea to implement some form of D5 in a pre-k class! I can't wait to hear how it goes for you. =)

  4. Finding and joining some great blogs today while skimming over all of the Daily 5 things. I plan to learn about it and hopefully implement it this next year.:)

    1. So glad you stopped by! I too am having fun reading everyone's posts on this topic! =)

  5. Hi! I am your newest follower! Thanks for linking up! I JUST bought those boxes for my book boxes. I don't have that nifty rack though...darn! I am looking forward to reading the rest of your posts.
    Live Love Laugh Everyday In Kindergarten

    1. Thanks for following! Isn't the book cart great? I have used it for books and somehow it became our writing tub center this year. I'm loving your linky party...thanks for hosting!

  6. Just became your newest follower. Love your blog!

    ✰ Kimberley ✰
    First in Maine

    1. Thank you for visiting my blog! So glad you like it =)

  7. Hi, and thanks for stopping by my blog too! I have had The Daily 5 book for three years, and have implemented parts of it too. I am interested to see what develops with the book study. Currently, I am planning Lit and Math Work Stations using the same rotation and color coding for both (only the contents of the tubs and task cards will change--a task board for reading, a task board for math). My leveled groups will be pulled as students do station rotation--stations are set up with major themes from the Daily 5. I am in the process of putting activities together for rotations, but went to school today and discovered all of my storage area blocked by furniture--so no tubs were brought back home today :( I am excited about the task board only having the student group cards rotating while everything else stays the same. You only have to change out activities when students are ready to advance to something more complex. I am the most recent follower on your blog! I still have my desk too--mainly because it has three usable magnetic surfaces for stations :) Have a lovely Tuesday!
    Maggie’s Kinder Corner

    1. Thanks for stopping by! I am in the process of wanting to change my choice board to Daily 5 choices. I'm waiting just a bit to see what ideas everyone comes up with during the book study though. I too can't get into my room to get started just I guess I'll just have to wait a bit. Have a great rest of your week!

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