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Old 09-14-2017, 04:28 PM
 
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Hi there!

Is anyone using this program for reading? I am piloting it this year and I'd love to hear thoughts.

Thanks so much!


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Awful
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The program is awful. The phonic component (first grade) is weak and the reading part is difficult, even for my strong readers. The emphasis is too much on text evidence, therefore missing the mark on teaching the kids how to read. Definitely not developmentally appropriate. The teacher's guide is a nightmare as well. The print is tiny, directions are unclear as to when the practice book is used and many other materials that come with it, and the writing is a joke.

Overall, the program should be trashed. I don't feel I'm teaching my children to read, instead I'm constantly reading to them nonfiction relevant text that are beyond their level of comprehension. Run before you regret it.
Why in the world did my district not pilot the program before adopting it?!?!?!
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already adopted
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I liked the laying of the foundations of the first 20 days, but the regular stuff just feels so disjointed. Our district is adopting it, and I just don't like it.
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I'm not enjoying it.
Old 11-24-2017, 05:03 PM
 
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The phonics section is weak and the literature for students is above their reading level. The writing component is weak, the teacher's guide is not really helpful, and it seems like I am doing more reading than the students. As far as students annotating the text, it really doesn't seem helpful in first grade. While I like the overall themes, I'm not really thrilled with the program itself. The fifth grade teachers seem to enjoy it.
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Sorry I complained about Treasures!
Old 11-26-2017, 02:29 PM
 
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Benchmark is terrible. I couldn't imagine my kids doing worse than they did in the 5th grade with Treasures. But now I yearn for Treasures. They are so disinterested. There is nothing engaging about this series. Whoever threw this together is laughing all the way to the bank, toasting the people who created SBAC.


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