This is my second year using Houghton Mifflin Journeys. I do like the series but it takes over a year to really figure out how to use it efficiently. I am currently working on making supplemental materials so I would love to hear what you want! AND since I just posted a long response to post on PROteachers I thought I'd post that here too. How do YOU use Journeys in your classroom?
What do you need the most help with??
To help me with planning I am pretty systematic: For whole group I spend about 15 minutes on phonemic awareness/phonics and 15 minutes on the story. I wish I could split whole group up so they weren't sitting for 30 but I can't. I sing a Dr. Jean song or two in the middle of whole group. I have a focus each day and it is pretty much outline in the TE, however to use technology I focus on one think central element a day (too hard to transition and find different pieces). Sooo....
Monday--I do the lesson opener and work through the instructional flipchart before reading the story
Tuesday--I start with Phonics and work through the projectibles (usually grammar, writing and vocubulary), then read the big book
Wednesday--We read the decodables, this gets harder as the year progress and eventually takes up the whole time because I run them off, and have them partner read also.
Thursday--I start with the non-fiction portion of the big book and finish with any of the flip chart or projectibles I did not get to the rest of the week.
Friday--I do my own thing to break things up (starfall, Extra Dr. Jean, smartboard activities etc.)
Friday-read out of their browsing box to me
Monday-something off the internet
Tuesday-something from Teacher's Helper
Wednesday- Words their Way
Thursday- word game
Technology- I rotate ipads, ipods, CD player, computer, smartboard, leap pad, read to the flip camera
Tuesday- sight word writing
Wednesday- Writing prompt from Journeys
Thursday- Clipboard center such as Write the room
Friday- Tub of worksheet extras (they love this-I can't explain it) The older the better