My goal is to teach your children literacy skills that they will use through their lifetime. I have become a fan of The Literacy Cafe written by sisters who teach in Washington State. I have instituted a CAFE menu in our classroom. CAFE is a synonym for restaurant. When you go to a restaurant, you use a menu to make your food choices. We use our CAFE menu to choose strategies to help us become independent readers. Each letter of the Menu stands for a component of reading- Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency, and Expand Vocabulary. I add strategies as we learn them and refer to these strategies when I read aloud, work with small groups, and confer with individual students.