Reading Journal: Frog (Wide Ruled)
This large 8.5" x 11" softcover reading journal has space to record a total of 100 books.
The interior contents include:
* Total of 124 pages
* A page to write the name of the journal owner
* Personalized Table of Contents – journal owner writes the title of each book on the line next to its number to easily refer back to specific books
* Letter to the reader explaining each section, what the different numbers of stars mean for rating books, the difference between fiction and nonfiction books with examples, and some ideas to include in the section to write additional thoughts and comments
* 100 pages to record 100 different books with space to:
* write the book title, author, and number of pages
* color in stars for a personalized book rating
* fill in a circle next to the word fiction or nonfiction
* write the date started and date ended
* write any additional thoughts or comments about the book (with your choice of thin ruled lines or wide ruled lines)
* Pages to record new words and definitions
* Pages to write the titles of books to read in the future
So let's start with the pros:
1. There are six units, and each unit revolves around a "Big Question". I love that each unit requires an Anchor book (that I choose) and a Free Choice book (chosen by child or you). It's the perfect marriage of a unit study with a traditional language arts curriculum.
2. The textbook is consumable, and children are consistently encouraged to mark the text, for instance- circle words they don't understand, underline important details in the reading, and make notes in the margins. If you have a child who has trouble with reading comprehension or identifying main idea/details, or who gets distracted and loses focus easily, you will love this feature!
3. The reading selections are a wonderful variety of short stories, essays, poems, articles, and novels. I have been very impressed with them.
4. This is an all-in-one program that incorporates grammar and writing activities as well.
5. I love how this program is organized. It's very easy to use (for kids and teachers), and covers a huge range of topics. A pacing chart is provided and I found it to be perfect for our needs.
For me, there is only one real con with this program-the tests are not included. I have found this to be a common issue (especially with Prentice Hall/Pearson products). It can be an easy fix though if you give yourself enough time and are patient. I have been able to find the ExamView Test Bank CDROM for each grade (used) on various sites for reasonable prices. Of course, you can always skip the tests if they're not important to you.
Also, as I mentioned, the textbook is consumable, so if you're planning on reusing the program for younger children you will need to purchase another one. However, I found the textbook to be very reasonably priced at Between $30 and $40 dollars.
Overall, I am extremely happy with this program, and I highly recommend it to anyone.
over 4 years ago