NEBRASKA CITY – The Nebraska City school board approved a one-year pilot for a new reading program that Curriculum Support Director Teresa Frields calls a map for students on the path to literacy.
Journeys, a language arts product by the textbook company Houghton Mifflin, is expected to help the school better meet state standards.
Frields said it integrates all the parts needed to be a good reader.
Frields: “The path to literacy is more than just black and white reading. This program brings in more literature, more ability for students to critically think through the process.”
She said Journeys offers more than scripted reading because it has so many supplements. it can be individualized for students within reading groups to improve areas such as spelling and vocabulary.
Frields: “I think, sometimes, what we miss in reading is the love of reading and this program has more components that tug at your hearts strings, much more than a worksheet would.”
The school board approved a pilot program for kindergarten next year and two fifth grade classes. Journeys is already in use at Syracuse, Plattsmouth and Crete.