Houghton Mifflin Reading

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  1. new2FL

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    Well, it's the eleventh hour and I was just informed my school is getting a new reading series-Houghton Mifflin. We have samples from the sales rep, but I won't have the actual program till the week before school starts. If any teachers are out there that use HM for first grade, or any primary grades, please let me know your thoughts, opinions, schedules, etc. and I would greatly appreciate it!!!!!
     
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    We are in our 3rd or 4th year of HM. I have used it at both 1st & 2nd grade levels. I like it. I appreciate the fact that we have blackline masters for Phonics Library books and I Love Reading books. I order through my District print shop copies of all books for class and home use. There are leveled readers as well but no blackline masters.

    I find that I have to combine and consolidate various aspects of the lessons. I also end up continuing reading at other times in our day. Our reading block is about 2 hours daily with some students leaving for 30 minutes for Title as well as specialists some days.

    I have whole group instruction for about 35 minutes, assign independent work, while indep. work begins I meet with groups. My Below Level students must be met with daily, I usually get to my On Level group. I almost always get to my Above Level group but like them to "run" their group as they are more capable.

    There are lots of workbook pages which are meant to be independent work but can't always be completed independently by many students. I skip around when I can.

    If you have specific questions, just ask! Good luck!
     
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    The amount of material is exactly what I am worried about. I have a 50-60 minute block for reading. That must include everything-whole,group, small group, centers/independent practice. I also have a 50-50 minute block for language arts and spelling (we use the Houghton Mifflin English books).

    Do you have a set schedule, i.e. Monday, into vocab and story, Tuesday, Teacher read, Wednesday, choral read... I am really not sure how to fit so much in. I amm allowed to pick and choose which aspects I use (I teach in a private school), so let me know if there are any "can't live without" components. Thanks!!
     
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    This will be my third year using HM Reading series. It's ok. I have a two hour reading block and can most everything accomplished. The reading series was before our new 2007 Reading Sunshine State Standards so there will have to be some tweaking!!!
     
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    This will be my second year with HM in first grade. We started the year with 60 minutes for reading and really floundered. We ended up switching our schedule around so that we could have 1 1/2 hours. One hour of whole class instruction and 1/2 hour for groups. I had an EA in my room and she would work with my above and on level groups and I had the below level kids grouped into two very small groups (3 each). It really helped to keep the low group that size.

    This summer I'm in the process of combining the many manuals, transparencies, I love reading books, workbook pages--everything we have into one notebook.

    Everyone I've talked with who has used HM all agree that the first few months are just terrible. There is so much stuff to do and there just doesn't seem to be the time. After the first of the year, we got into a groove and I really started to enjoy the series.


    Good luck and if you have any questions--keep asking!
     
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    My grade level partner has suggested that we start out with just small group instruction and not start the anthology until October My principal is fine with this. Our school likes to move at an accellerated pace-most of my kids will come to me reading already, so we are planning on starting the anthology with theme 1.3 or 1.4.
     
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    The first three weeks in the first grade are back to school/kindergarten review. I remember that last year it seemed that 3 weeks was too long to review the abc's but we were able to spend a lot of time on the procedures in the class. So, if we stick to the back to school review schedule, we'll be starting the anthologies in the middle of September.
    Personally, I see more of a benefit to actually doing 1.1, 1.2 so that the children see the patterns of the schedule and it gives you the time to tweak anything that you don't like when the material is pretty basic, than skipping them and starting with 1.3. (There is no 1.4. There are three units per theme. 1.1.1, 1.1.2, 1.1 3; then onto 1.2.1, 1.2 2, 1.2.3; ) BUT that is just my opinion.:unsure:
     
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    Whole Group:
    Monday-The week's Phonics, High Freq Words, Spelling introduced as well as Vocab for the week's story including using dictionary skills.
    Tuesday-Quickly take care of small practice & review sections. Less emphasis on spelling. Big focus is whole group reading of the Week's Story.
    Wednesday-Comp. & Response to week's story. Other sections but quickly. I do WCPM checks every Wednesday and need a much time as possible to get through all students.
    Thursday-Section lessons as well as Link.
    Friday-Wrapping any sections for the day as well as any needing review or reinforcing from the week.

    I definitely like to make sure I take care of High Freq words, Vocab, and of course Phonics components. I use the I Love Reading & Phonics Library copied booklets for this. Students become detectives, highlighting whatever particular sound, word, etc we are focusing on. Sometimes before we read, sometimes as we go, sometimes after, sometimes as one of their independent jobs to be completed before meeting for group time. Good luck!
     
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    I'm sorry, what I meant was starting them with theme 3 or 4 (it would be level 1.2). We do not teach phonics with our first graders unless they need it to get on level with the other kids. Also, we use Houghton Mifflin's Spelling and Vocabulary curriculum, but we use level 2 (second grade). Like I said, definitely an accelerated pace:whistle:
     

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