I will be teaching reading strategies using the acronym CAFE. The CAFE Menu helps students understand and master different strategies used by successful readers.

    CAFE is an acronym for Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency, and Expanding Vocabulary, and the system includes goal-setting with students in individual conferences, posting of goals on a whole-class board, developing small group instruction based on clusters of students with similar goals, and targeting whole-class instruction based on emerging student needs and fine tuning one on one conferring.

    When your child begins working on a new strategy, I will send home a Parent Pipeline handout with their practice book giving you ways to help your child in practicing reading.

    The Kindergarten CAFÉ Menu


    I understand what I read




    Parts of a book

    Check for understanding

    Make predictions

    Identify character emotions Connect to a story

    Back-up and reread

    Retell a story


    I can read the words




    Use the pictures

    Get your mouth ready

    Think about what make sense

    Cross Check (Does it look right, sound right and make sense?)

    Slow check to the end 

    Identify fiction and non-fiction

    Flip the sound

    Stretch and blend

    If I know ____then I know ______





    I can read accurately, with expression, and understand what I read



    Voracious reader

    Recognize sight words Read punctuation 

    Read like a storyteller

    Read "Just Right Books"

    Expand Vocabulary

    I know, find, and use interesting words




    Listen for interesting words

    Behaviors That Support Reading

    *Get started right away   *Stay in one spot   *Work quietly   *Read the whole time   *Increase stamina   *Select and read good-fit books


Last Modified on August 20, 2015