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    Take it Slow
    By Lisa P

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    I have not used Daily 5 entirely yet but did try Reader's Workshop last year for the first time. I teach first grade. It took me the entire first month of school to "set the stage" for the year. Debbie Miller (Reading With Meaning) emphasizes the GREAT importance of teaching every aspect of the routines that you will be expecting them to do for the entire year. Don't skimp on these lessons because you'll regret it later.

    The sisters from Daily 5 (from what I've read) also use the first month to establish routines, teach kids how to build stamina for reading, and slowly introduce the five centers they will be using each day. This is when anchor charts are created together and displayed to remind them of the 'rules' of Daily 5.

    I'm thinking that the amount of time you actually 'do' the Daily 5 in the first month is much shorter than in the later part of the year. Your center time may only last 5-10 minutes each. That will give you plenty of "extra" time to fit in your content. Otherwise just wait and be patient. As soon as they get it (and second graders may take less time than first graders) you will be able to get to all 3 or 4 mini-lessons that the sisters suggest each day.

    Hope that helps.

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