Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Who Uses HM Journeys for Kindergarten?!?!

I just went into school for the first time all summer!  This has been my first summer not  teaching summer school and it definitely was strange being away for so long...however moving, getting married, going on my honeymoon and visiting family filled in the time and summer has flown by!

I am SO excited that my Promethean board got delivered finally! I was the only teacher in the whole dang school without one last year.  Now it just needs to be installed...which of course won't happen until the Friday before school starts!

I was also excited/anxious/panicked to see that boxes upon boxes of our brand new reading curriculum have been stacked up in my already hot MESS of a room.  We switching to the Houghton Mifflin Journeys curriculum.  We previously had Harcourt but mine had been used by at least three teachers before me and was a hodge podge that I never could fully make sense of, so last year I did a lot of improvising.

My questions are:
1. Do you currently use Journeys curriculum for kindergarten?
2. If so, how do you like it--pros/cons/things to be aware of
3. Have you created SMART or Promethean lessons or activities for it?
4. Do you know of any great TpT or blog resources for Journeys?
5. Has anyone adapted it for use with the Daily 5 format?
6. Do you have any tips for differentiating with it--especially for gifted kiddos?

Please, please, please comment back!!!:) It would mean the world to me, especially since our curriculum got delivered so late and we only have 3 weeks until the start of school.  Thanks!!


  1. We are in the same situation! We just switched from harcourt trophies to harcourt journeys! i have not unpacked all my boxes yet, but do not like some of the stuff with journeys...just not as durable as the trophies stuff ...so..shhh, dont tell but i did keep some stuff! The kindergarten chick, who teaches 2nd grade, has some letter/poetry packet on tpt...I love it! but...that is all i have found! so, if you come across anything, please let me know!

    1. I am not a teacher. I do not like Common Core Curriculum. Is Journeys common core?

  2. Thanks for your comment! You'll have to keep me posted with how you're doing with the new curriculum! Good luck with it:)

  3. We are in year three of the Journeys program. Like any series you have to pick and choose what you'll be able to accomplish. It's a lot to take on. The trainers from the publishing company even said that it would be almost impossible to do everything it says to do everyday. I've found that I really like the activities found in the opening exercises so I do those everyday. I made poetry journals for the alpha friends poems. You can find links online to songs and motions to go with each letter. I wasn't fond of the centers because they really didn't strike me as independent so I made up my own. The writing I HATED so I went back and used Lucy Calkins and that worked out much better. I'm curious what you are able to come up with and if we will find more on TPT to support the lessons. Good luck!

  4. I am looking for the poem that goes with the letter formation for Z and z that is part of the Journeys curriculum. Could someone email it to me, please? jmccain59@bellsouth.net