To choose the appropriate Journeys reading curriculum book for home schooling, purchase the grade-level curriculum for your child's age, and utilize the incrementally leveled texts to find lessons that align with your child's reading skills. If you are unsure of your child's grade level, complete a form to access sample virtual texts through the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt website at forms.hmhco.com.
The Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Journeys curriculum includes more than 100 books for each grade level. Each book has incrementally leveled content, making it customizable for students with different reading skills and challenges within a particular grade. The teacher's materials include weekly lesson plans with differentiated curricula and activities for use with students at varying skill levels within a particular grade. The curriculum, which is research-based, is the most widely used reading program in the United States. Books are available for purchase in sets of six, as of December 2015.
The Houghton Mifflin Harcourt website recommends two alternative curricula for home-schooling families: Head for Home and Saxon Phonics. The Head for Home curriculum includes grade level reading texts for three levels: novice, intermediate and advanced. An intermediate second grade text book costs about $8.
Saxon Phonics supports students in kindergarten through second grade with reading, writing and spelling. Lessons packaged with the curriculum include all of the materials necessary to teach the different lessons, including complete scripts for teachers; no prior knowledge of phonics is required. A kit for second grade students is about $175.