Should ReadyGen Stay?

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Should ReadyGen stay or should it go?

We started using Readygen in September, well really in the end of October. Let’s just say, it was a rocky beginning! We did not receive any material until mid October. The material we did receive were photocopied and binded together.

The modules, or units do get better as the year progresses. I do like the literature or books that the students read, so that is a plus.
Group work is given, along with oral reading for small group. Later on in the modules, the standards are written out for you (in the beginning, I had to look up each standard.) Students enjoy the Sleuth book and it helps to strengthen their critical thinking skills. It
promotes opinions and giving supporting reasons from the text.

There is WAY TOO much going on in one lesson. I tend to break up each lesson into two or sometimes 3 days.
The lessons jump around a lot. You work on one skill or standard, then something different, and back to the first skill. The program assumes the students already know the skills (at least in 2nd grade and higher.) There is no explicit teaching of a skill. Next year my
school is implementing a skills day each week.

The writing program is one of the worst writing programs I have ever seen. There are no real writing lessons. Its basically response to literature. The end task or performance assessment is not challenging
and we tend to change them or tell the students that a few sentences or a paragraph is not enough.

**Revised** The program is being somewhat revised. The beginning 2 units will now have the standards for each lesson and modeled or shared writing is being added. It is already in the later units, but now will be in the first 3 units as well.

Should ReadyGen stay or go????
In my opinion….GO, GO, GO!!!
Unfortunately I, nor my colleagues do not like the program. Kindergarten seems to think the program is ok but 1 – 5 in my school and other teachers that I have spoken to, do not care
for the program. Hopefully, Pearson will revamp the program over the

Here is an example of one of my ReadyGen lessons.
ReadyGen Lesson

Check out my store for other 2nd grade ReadyGen lessons.

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You can also check out the ReadyGen Phonics Lessons by clicking the link below.
ReadyGen Phonics Lessons

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7 thoughts on “Should ReadyGen Stay?

  1. After 17 years in my community I see how ReadyGEN is hurting my first graders. I tried for six weeks to teach with fidelity but my students were regressing. I looped with them so I knew.
    The first grade does not teach the children how to read, but rather answer questions and become and an expert on one text. Many of the texts are nice for a read aloud but too difficult for 1st grade – Many Moons. It is better in the long run if the children learn how to ask questions themselves as readers. The program is 90 min reading block so you have to find more time to teach students how to read.
    The writing is even worse than the reading. Assumed first graders know how to do the task every three weeks and does not allow for the child to learn how to write.
    The journal (workbook) is boring and not differentiated. Some finish quickly and other’s are not successful.
    I cannot believe the money NYC spent for an incomplete program containing errors and not appropriate for early childhood. Kindergarten is even worse. I nicely emailed Pearson with my concerns and questions but they did not respond. I do like how it is aligned with NGSS.

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  4. Our school purchased ReadyGen after not having a reading program for 9 years. It is awful!!!!! Does anyone have any pointers on how to make it more fun? The students are not learning the jumble of skills. I feel like I’m rewriting the lesson plans, which was not our intention when purchasing.

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