Our district wants to adopt new textbooks for the switch to Common Core Standards. We (first grade and kindergarten) have already started teaching the CCSS but our district wants to implement new curriculum for math and reading.
Right now I want to focus on the textbook adoption for reading. So tonight I did a little research on the programs that have bids for our districts core reading program. I got some information but it is hard to really tell how it would be to teach the material just based on a small sample of the materials on their website. Our district gave us usernames and passwords to explore a little more than you can see on their site but it wasn't the full access that you get once you have the curriculum.
Then I thought to myself who would know these programs better than the teachers out their actually teaching these programs?!
Sooo please let me know teacher bloggers what are some pros and cons about these reading programs. I know there are pros and cons to every program. I want to know are you generally happy with the reading selections (trade books, interesting, on grade level) , leveled readers, and information taught. Do you feel their is enough support/materials for ELL learners and children with special needs? Is there one thing you LOVE about the program and use all the time? Do you hate the program and want to change?
I know the programs will be slightly different from the ones you are using now since they will be aligned to the CCSS and also geared towards the state Florida.
Here are the programs our district is considering:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt- Florida Journeys
We currently use Houghton Mifflin and it's okay. I would change a lot of the reading selections and make the advanced leveled readers harder. We just got Houghton Mifflin's new science series this year though and I love using thinkcentral.com their interactive website. If the reading series were more up to date I might enjoy teaching it more.
McGraw-Hill Education-Reading Wonders
This is a new program aligned to CCSS but how do y'all like other McGraw Hill programs?
This one looks pretty neat. It comes with big books and anchor texts that look like literature I would actually choose.
Not sure why our district is considering this program since it doesn't look linked to the Common Core. Any one every use the curriculum before though?
Pearson Education, Inc.- Reading Street
(I know bloggers out there use this I've seen it on your blogs! Let me know your thoughts!)
Zaner-Bloser-Strategies for Writers
I'm not sure how this fits in the with the reading core program or if this is a readers/writers workshop model. The district wasn't very clear on this since it's listed with the other reading programs.
If you use one of these please provide some helpful feedback!
Thanks fellow bloggers!