I know that we have all heard of The Daily 5. It is growing to be so popular among primary grades teachers. I have dabbled in it for several years now. I had not read the book by "The Sisters", but I had read a lot about it on blogs, and heard about it at some of the professional learning sessions provided by my district. However, I have always been a bit intimidated by it, so I have only tried the parts that I was comfortable with. I have decided that next year I am going to take the plunge and fully commit to the program. That means that this summer I am reading the book. I am also reading The Café Book.
I know that you train the students on Read to Self first....adding a minute or two each day until they reach the desired length of independent reading time. Now, this happens to be the part of Daily 5 that I have dabbled in and feel comfortable with. I always train my students to read to self which takes a few weeks. Then, reality sets in. It is almost September!! I have to complete DRAs( the reading assessment used by my district), because they are usually due sometime at the beginning of September. I also start feeling the pressure to start Guided Reading groups because we are required to report a reading level each month from a running record. Well, I won't have a running record score if I don't start guided reading. AHHH...I am feeling stressed just thinking about it!! So we move on...I start guided reading, we get in a routine, and I never teach the other components of The Daily 5.
So, I need advice from all of you experienced Daily 5 users. How long does it usually take to train students on ALL components? How do you balance training students on all components with the demands that come with the beginning of the year? What tips do you have for me????