is an acronym for Comprehension, Accuracy, Fluency, and Expanding Vocabulary, four research-based components critical to reading. It was developed by and written about in "The CAFE Book" by Gail Boushey and Joan Moser (ELC-Gr.5).
CAFE is a guide and system developed to focus instruction, help students set reading and behavior goals, and monitor their progress. CAFE enables teachers to stay focused on children’s needs and goals during reading workshop. CAFE incorporates strategies for keeping records that help to integrate individual conferences, flexible small-group instruction, and whole-class lessons.
Nagoya International School elementary teachers have found CAFE a useful tool for bringing continuity, common reading workshop strategies and common vocabulary within and across grade levels. It is a good way to begin the reading workshop approach.
You can learn about CAFE and much more from Gail Boushey and Joan Moser (the Sisters) by visiting their website: The Daily Cafe (the website has free material and a subscription section for additional materials. You can subscribe to their e-newsletter: "Free Tip of the Week" for weekly CAFE tips.