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    By BookMuncher

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    We HAVE the basal but I don't use it. To be fair, I did use it purely in its intended manner my first year. I found what you found-- the kids did fine but were capable of so much more.

    Remember, there's a lot of things we have that we don't use in our everyday lives. For example, I have a kitchen, but I don't feel obligated to use it. Hee hee. :o

    In my view, basals are what a school district provides because the series boasts a "complete" program. These things are advertised as meeting the national reading panel's goals, etc... Districts typically buy them because it's much much much easier than piecing together a program based on reader's and writer's workshop, and buying the thousands of books you would need for it. (Not to mention the $$$ they would have to invest in teacher training, workshops, and resources) So, even though they purchased this series, if they knew what was good for them, they would be really happy to see that a teacher in their district was following her own heart and providing a individualized program for each child.

    Go for it!!! :cool:

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