Monday, June 5, 2017

Journeys Reading Series ~ How To Fit I t All Into Every Day

The Journeys Reading Series ~ lately, I've been noticing a lot of people on social media talking about it.  They either love it, hate it or are kind of overwhelmed by it.  And I can honestly say "Been there....felt like that!"  All three.  Love it, hate it, sometimes overwhelmed by it.

So I thought today I'd tell you a little about how I use the series in my room and how it works for me. One of the biggest questions people seem to have when they start out with the Journeys series is "How am I ever going to fit all this in every day???" 

Oh man, do I understand that feeling!  When I opened my manual for the first time and looked it over I was like "Who picked this out??????".  🙄

But I soon came to realize what a really great program it was.  I love the way Journeys introduces the letters in kindergarten...there is a reason behind what seems to be insanity.  It really does a great job of letter introduction so that you can move quickly into simple CVC word.  In first grade, it is very similar.  Each skill builds on the one introduced before and it cycles back all you never have to feel like your kids have to "master" something right away.  They have all year.  

But there is A LOT of information every day - Spelling Strategies, New Sight Words, English, Grammar and Writing - EVERY DAY.  How do you do it all?  Well....I knew I wanted to touch on all the skills every day but it took up so much time.  I decided to make a program that I could use on my interactive board - one slide each day that had all the daily skills we needed to work on ~ the JOURNEYS FIRST GRADE WORD STUDY MEGA BUNDLE 

Each day there is a new slide with the skills we are learning that week.  We work on the spelling strategy for the week, our new sight words, whatever the grammar skill is for the week and we play a different game each day, relating to the sight words or spelling words.  We spend about 15-20 minutes a day on this whole group lesson.  The kids enjoy it and we pack a lot into this powerful lesson.

If you're like me, and you felt overwhelmed by all the components of the Journeys series....the JOURNEYS FIRST GRADE WORD STUDY MEGA BUNDLE  just may be your answer! But don't make your decision on it yet...... I've made a sample of this Journeys First Grade Word Study and I'd love to send it to you as a FREEBIE.  Take a look at it and see if it's something you might be interested in using in your room.  My first grade team and I all use this every morning and it has truly changed our life!  We are finally able to teach all the necessary Journeys skills, while still having time for everything else - Math, Guided Reading, Science, Social Studies, etc.  

If you'd like to try it out for free, just click on this link.  Let me know what you think!  I sincerely hope it helps you as much as it helped me!  

That's all for me tonight. I hope to hear from you soon for that FREEBIE....have a great week and be sure to come on by again because you know...there's always something fun happening in....