The Daily 5 in Kindergarten
Imagine walking into a kindergarten classroom during literacy time…what do you expect to see? You may be surprised to find five-year-olds quietly reading to a partner, listening to stories on the computer, practicing phonics games independently, or reading on the floor with the teacher.
Teaching students to become independent learners is a main goal for SIS kindergarten teachers. The Daily 5 is a successful example of how a daily literacy routine can promote independent thinking. They Daily 5 is a flexible program, allowing teachers to modify it to the specific needs of their students.
“Reading to Someone is my best because you get to read books with your friends and show them the cool parts” -Noah “I like Word Work because I am good at rhyming words” -Olivia
“Work on Writing is my favorite because I get to write about my “small moments”-like when my friend came to my house.”
- -Shuen Le, KD
The five components of The Daily Five are:
- Read to Self- Students find a quiet spot in room and read a “Just Right” book independently.
- Read to Someone- Two students partner read and then discuss the story they’ve read together.
- Work on Writing- Kindergarteners share their “small moment” with the class and then practice writing their “small moment” independently.
- Listen to Reading- Children use the computer to listen and follow along to age-appropriate story books.
- Word Work- Students are given a variety of options to practice their phonics skills including rhyming games, penmanship practice, and word building activities.
Any teacher will tell you that their greatest moment in the classroom is when they see a “light bulb” going off in a child’s eyes because true understanding has taken place. The Daily 5 is an organized approach to creating independent learners, in which “light blubs” are constantly flickering.
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