OK, so for my first two years, i used the basals and about 3 novels each year. the novels where used more for character education, i guess. they were not really part of the Language arts curriculum. i would like to know how you combine both into the curriculum do you do basals 3 days and novels 2 days? do you read aloud to the class and also assign chapters for homework? id really need to figure out a way to make this work....please help!! THANKS! P.S. i teach 4th grade but not sure how to post in subforum...sorry!