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December Mitchell, Tommy. Newport, Frank. Nye, Bill, and Ken Ham. Posted by Unknown at PM 0 comments. Here are some more specifics about using the McGuffey 's Readers. Buy it in PDF Format. First, let me say that there are as many ways to use the McGuffey readers as there are ways to use hamburger! We can take this versatile meat and make it into patties, or loaves or chop it up and add it to noodles or chips or even put it with gravy over potatoes!
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Some folks use the McGu ff ey 's as a read-aloud for inculcating solid moral values, including poetry that reinforces Biblical living. Others use them as only a portion of a language arts program, assigning each child to read a lesson, then perhaps a quick oral narration to make sure the task has actually been carried out. I have chosen to take full advantage of the readers. As I have read through the lessons, I have found them so rich that I didn't want to rush through them.
There is so much to take advantage of in each--the vocabulary, spelling, grammar, besides the practical Biblical morality make them comprehensive for me. These readers are not graded--that is, the number of the reader does not correspond to our current grade levels. This is one reason I so appreciate them. I can put my children wherever they need to be, at their different levels of competency. Each reader was meant to span more than one year, meaning that it is not strange that a child could begin in the middle of a book instead of at the beginning.
These materials were created for the one-room schoolhouse, for frontier and farming children who may not have entered into formal schooling until the ages of 12, or even 19 years of age! It is therefore very possible to use these for the "late bloomers" with great success.
I have assigned a different reader for each child and made library-like book jackets for them from sheet protectors which I cut open and then folded and taped to fit. They keep these in their "learning satchels , " which are actually bits and pieces of small luggage and huge purses that I have collected over the years, many with small pockets for stationery items, etc.
With my number of children-- seven currently in full learning mode, having two sets has been necessary. The readers are also sold separately, so duplicate copies could be obtained to use with children at the same level, or a single copy could be shared. I take each reader and use the planner page I have created to write out the assignments for the specific lessons. As far as the Biblical connection goes, many times the verse will present itself to my mind, then I simply use my concordance and Bible cross-references to find it!
There are times when a further connection will present itself, such as in the 2nd reader original which deals with lions. I felt it important to have my son, who is an artist and nature-lover, to draw a lion for me in his sketchbook. My oldest daughter at home is often presented with lessons which are not easily put into narration format, so I have been obliged to teach her a simple essay outline so that she can re-formulate the philosophical ideas presented as an original composition.
I have created a sample picture of what a "sticky note" assignment looks like. I have the children fasten these to their readers to use as a consumable check-list.
Since I have a copy of the assignments in my home-school planner, none can claim they couldn't complete their assignments because their notes were lost--I can always write out new ones! Of course, this method is only for those who are reading competently. The Primer and First Reader lessons are done differently. These require much more participation on my part. At the primer level, especially, a single lesson could take a few weeks, and of course there is little or no narration, and at first even the copy work is nill to none. The blessing in all of this is that, except for a little bit of planning and follow-up and the planning part gets easier as you get more used to it , the work is pretty much independent--making it easier for a mom of many to keep track of children that are on so many different levels.
This keeps some challenged, others comfortable.
My children really enjoy doing their lessons this way--they are independent and have a bit of freedom, but also have the accountability and direction they need. Posted by Unknown at AM 3 comments. Labels: copywork , education methods , language , spelling.
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McGuffey's Pictorial Eclectic Primer. Some interesting questions have recently come up. First, I would like to explain the differences between the two sets of McGuffey's reprints that are now available. The first is the "original" readers published by Mott Media. They are printed with a sturdy binding, and the pages are thick for longevity and practical everyday use.
I believe it is their simplicity that make these books so endearing.
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The Primer begins with fairly crude pictures to accompany some basic words that are familiar to young readers. I was put off at first because things were not arranged according to phonics rules, but rather go from the simple to the complex. After using them for a while, I see the genius in McGuffey's thinking. My daughter absolutely loved the lessons, since they didn't seem "dumb" to her. We went very slowly, repeating each portion multiple times over several weeks.
The other books are amazing to read as well. My eldest daughter went from barely reading to fluency using the first reader.
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Subjects covered vary -- but they are never trivial or boring. The Professor chose primarily to wisely deal with matters of the heart and morali ty-- even including a story with an orphaned babe being taken in by an old gentleman bachelor! The vocabulary words presented in the first two readers are helpful. Again, there is no particular rhyme or reason to their inclusion, on the surface, but if they are used in oral reading and spelling, along with some basic copy work and dictation, their usefulness soon becomes apparent.
It is almost magical to witness how these materials communicate with young fertile minds. I found that the hard work of learning was actually being accomplished by my children, and I only had to present the lessons and enjoy the process as I witnessed the wonderful transformations. The advanced readers are very challenging reading. All of the readers are extremely Evangelical in nature; confession of sin, salvation through Jesus Christ, etc. This is continued in the 3rd and 4th books of the series, with apologetics for the Holy Bible also included.
My daughter is working diligently through these and finds them replete with nourishment for the mind and soul! The guide written by Ruth Beechick was very helpful to me, although I found that I had to adjust many of her thoughts and ideas to fit my children and our particular educational circumstances. If I had followed her suggestions verbatim, I would have become quite frustrated. The originals are the only ones that can actually be attributed to McGuffey directly.
The later versions, and there were many, were revised by different people, even his brother had a hand in some revisions. These are commonly called the "revised" set, originally edited in there were revisions as late as the early 20th Century, which are hardly recognizable as McGuffey's, but these are not currently in print, that I am aware of. I own two sets of these; one antique actually printed in , the other a more recent, and less refined, facsimile which I purchased new.
My antique set is so beautif ul-- the leather bindings are deeply engraved and detailed; the colors of the covers are darker and brighter. The text is slightly raised and one can see the fine lines of the illustrations, as opposed to the muddied ones in the facsimile.
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Needless to say, the children do not have access to these at all, although I keep them in a slipcover on my desk and refer to them when writing up my lessons. The revised edition that was recently printed is the set that my children use. I love these also. It is true that these are the least directly Evangelistic, but they still contain references to God and have many passages from the Bible.
The lessons are moral and very engaging -- a refreshing change from the meager offerings of these modern times. The Primer not only uses simplicity, but also helps present the principles of phonics. For instance, the first lessons deal with short "a" words, the next lessons introduce short "o", and so on. This may be somewhat easier for the 21st Century mind to deal with. They will ponder death, good and evil, the Bible, eternity, duty, and God. Elocution helps Begins with the alphabet.
Moves to simple one-syllable words such as cat and fox, then on to more difficult one-syllable words such as horse and spring.
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