So I'm teaching an older grade now (5th) and we'll be reading our first novel. I'm trying to figure out HOW to pace this... Would it be silly to focus solely on our novel and hold off on our regular basal reading books? I'm thinking if we don't anyway, the novel will spill over into Christmas break. I don't want that gap. I guess I can just wait to start our novel AFTER Christmas too...ugh...lol. I'd still have to incorporate our Vocabulary and Grammar Workshop too, so it wouldn't be ALL novel for the entire time every day. I'd love any advice/help!