My school uses the Houghton Mifflin reading curriculum series. The books include spelling, phonics, and a plan for every day of the week using the class books and the level set of supplemental reading books. Looking over the books, there are stories that really seem uninteresting and don't really lend themselves to any real reading workshop mini-lessons. Also, the spelling is so basic, and content specific, that it doesn't seem very useful for the broad application of learning to read more fluently, but more expanding vocabulary. My question is do you use the district reading program in addition to a readers workshop (with targeted mini-lessons, time for free reading, etc), incorporated into the workshop, or not at all? I am on the fence with using it as faithfully as the other teachers do since the students are at a much higher level than the curriculum lends itself to. I know the teacher in my position last year didn't use it at all. The administration is fairly relaxed and fine with whatever we want as long as students are progressing (which is nice!). If you could let me know what you use in your classroom that would be very helpful. Thanks!