Monday, August 6, 2012

CAFE headers... in PINK! :)

Look what I'm working on! I am so excited I can hardly stand it... my classroom is going to be laced with heavenly pink touches this year.  I've always had a little pink touch somewhere, but my colors have always been blues & greens.  Soothing earthy tones have kept it kid-friendly, calm, and warm.  I'm still planning to have some of that green & blue because I can't tear myself away from it, but here comes some PINK!

CAFE Headers

If you do not follow "Ladybug's Teacher Files" you must become acquainted.  This post about her CRAFT setup is what has inspired me to take the plunge into the CAFE originally created by The Sisters, Gail Boushey and Joan Moser.  I can't wait to get into the classroom and see how it works with the funny munchkins.  They LOVE the Daily 5 pieces that we incorporated last year so I think taking this one step further (and cuter... LOL) is completely worth the effort.

Just as a disclaimer, I am not associated with "The Sisters" in any way.  I am a fan, but I am not otherwise affiliated and this is not endorsed by them, yadda yadda... :)

Here are the headers for CAFE in cutesy DJ Inkers clipart that I turned PINK!  OMG... I hope DJ Inkers doesn't get too upset with me for using that glorious pink fill bucket on a black and white image.  You know I love you, DJ!  :D

We all know the incredibly important "5 keys to reading success," right?  Phonemic awareness, phonics, comprehension, fluency, and vocabulary...not necessarily in that order.  You knew that!  The Sisters' CAFE focuses on a few of those skills.

I can't wait to use this in my guided reading block.  I don't know near enough, I need to learn more, so forgive me for not having all the pieces in place... but here is what the acronym for CAFE stands for.  I suppose we could put the "5 Keys" together in an acronym but I don't think we'd remember PaPCFV as easily as CAFE. 

C:  Comprehension
A:  Accuracy
F:  Fluency
E:  Expanding Vocabulary

After I learn a little bit more and have a tee-niney more free time on my hands, I will think about making some of my own strategy cards.  For now, though I may use the adorable ones that Kristen, aka Ladybug, created and posted on her site.  Check out her blog.  There are literally zillions of great ideas.  

Grab your free set of pink headers if you like and then go visit Jennifer Jones at Hello Literacy to grab some more literacy ideas and adorable fonts, and then hop over to DJ Inkers to grab some cuteness.  You'll be glad you became obsessed did, like me. 

♥ thanks for visiting!


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1 comment:

  1. I'd love a copy of your CAFE headers to post in my room- I clicked on the link but it took me to Google docs and gave me a message that I didn't have access to the file. Any suggestions? Thanks and can't wait until you get the strategies complete. This is the cutest CAFE board I have seen! Thanks for your generous sharing of your talents!

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