Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Transitioning My Room Arrangement from Traditional Literacy Centers to Daily 5...Oh, and some Cupcake Fun!

Well as the summer break dwindling down my "teacher girl" bff's and I decided we were in desperate need of some cupcake therapy!  We usually get our favorite from a local bakery and they are scrumptious, but.............

We decided to head to Jilly's Cupcake Bar in the St. Louis area for something different! 

Jilly's was a first place winner on the Food Network's Cupcake Wars and we just had to try it out! We now have a new teacher cupcake favorite!!! I'm saving the Key Lime for later if my kiddos don't get to it first! =)

I've been trying to get into my room to get a few things done here and there. I hate the last minute rush of trying to set up my room. Ugh.  So as I've been working I've been trying to come up with an arrangement that will easily accommodate my students' Daily 5 choices. I'm slowly but surely making the transition from traditional literacy centers to the Daily 5.   I've attempted Daily 5 before but it was new to me and I was having a challenging year. I returned to traditional literacy centers because I was comfortable and familiar with them. I'm ready now to give Daily 5 another try. I am going to have to tweak a few of the ideas though to make this work for me.  For instance, take a peek at my choice board..........

I am still going to call this time of day our "ABC/Literacy Centers" even though the routine, etc. will be geared more to a Daily 5 model.   I actually have 6 choices because I am separating ABC's from words/names at the beginning of the year. I may combine the two as the year progresses....I'll have to wait and see how this goes.  The students will be telling me their choice and I'll put their stick in the appropriate envelope. I may add a recording chart of some type to the board to keep track of where they are going throughout the Daily 5 time frame.  

Now I'm not anywhere near having my room finished (we don't start until August 21st) but I do have the basic layout for my activity areas set up.  I plan on using my chart/big book area from my traditional literacy center days for the "read to someone else" choice. The students of course can practice reading charts and big books to each other, but they can also read to each other from their book boxes.  There is an additional carpet area on the other side of the easel that can accommodate this as well.  

For "listening to reading" I'm using my traditional listening center (I use the vertical shelf to store this center's materials) and I'm also using our classroom computers to listen to Starfall stories and books that go with our reading series.  

For "read to self" I'm using our reading center of course. I'll also have some extra tables and a carpet area in our math center that can be used for this choice as well.

My traditional literacy center "post office" is going to work out great for the "writing" Daily 5 choice.  We will also continue to use our writing center pictured below...

On the other side of our writing center you can see our word wall. I also have a shelf with our abc and word choice materials.  There is one additional table to the right of this  and I'm hoping this will work for those that choose ABC / Words.  Right next to the word wall is a large tree pocket chart that I use for our class names. These will be incorporated into our word work early in the year.  

Obviously it's not set up yet but here is where I plan to work with my strategy and guided reading groups.  It's basically in the center of the room so I should have a great view of everyone as they are working on their choices.  There is also a white board under the pocket chart and although you can't see it in this view, my projector/mobi will be able to be utilized in this position.  

I am so looking forward to making this transition to the Daily 5. I know my choices and arrangement may not be exactly like the model the sisters describe but I feel it's a good start for me.    Now I just need to finish setting up the room and I'm ready to get started! 


  1. That key lime cupcake looks delicious!!! I've been using the Daily 5 structure for 2 years now, but have modified it a little as well.
    By the way, I have the same writing center table as you. I love it.

    1. The Key Lime WAS delicious!!! I only got a tiny bit of it though because my kids got to it first!

  2. You can do it! Last year was my first year Daily 5 (and my first year without traditional centers). It was new and scary and I learned a lot along the way, but SO worthwhile. My students and I truly enjoyed the Daily 5 experience. I had to do some major modifications to fit it into my 1/2 day K schedule, but we made it work and I'm sure you will too!


    1. I can't wait to get started with D5...I'm sure you did have to make modifications with 1/2 day! I only taught 1/2 day one year and felt like I was scrambling to get everything in each day (everyone else in my building was full day.) Thanks for stopping by =)

  3. Looks good! I wish we had a cupcake place like that around here! When I got married on the beach, my mom, sister and I stopped at a little cupcake place on the way back from getting my hair done. BEST. CUPCAKE. EVER.

    Lovin’ Kindergarten

  4. Heading to Jilly's is on our family summer-to-so list! I am just a hop, skip, and jump from there. If you are close, let me know--some of us blogging kindergarten teachers get together a few times each year.

    Your room looks great! ReadWriteSing

    1. Yes that would be great! I'm in Union...about 40 minutes from West County area. Just let me know when you are planning a get together! =)

  5. Just found your blog and I'm a new follower. I am also going to try the Daily 5 this year for the first time. I am really nervous about it because I have always done the traditional centers too. I am still trying to wrap my head around Daily 5 and how it is going to work in a Kindergarten classroom. Can't wait to read more when you get everything set up and running. :-)

    Debbie :-)
    K is for Kinderrific

    1. Thanks for following! I'm very excited about trying Daily 5 again....Good luck to you too!

  6. I am so jealous that you have room for a couch in your classroom. I would have to hang one from the ceiling!

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