- The McGuffey Readers were part of the Eclectic Education Series and were widely used from 1836 until the 1960’s. The Eclectic Education Series was the most popular collection of textbooks before educators secularized the public school system.
- During this shift in education, the Biblical teachings of these textbooks were no longer allowed in the public school system. Authors of the Eclectic Education Series knew that it was impossible to teach morality apart from Christ.
- Educators of that time also had their pupils ready for college after completing the 8th grade. William Holmes McGuffey began teaching public school at age 14. The McGuffey’s Revised 6th Reader, however, is considered to be a college senior reading level by today’s standards.
- Teachers of that time had the freedom to teach without government bureaucracy. Shouldn’t we raise our standards again?
- We haven't written an entirely new curriculum. We've simply enhanced these old textbooks, modernized some of the language, and made them "teacher friendly".
I lay out all the cards and have my tester look and find all the nouns (then color them red) as we review the definition of a noun. Then we look for verbs, adjectives, etc. I am AMAZED by how this activity had increased my tester's grammar knowledge!
Every now and then, the lessons use the Word Cards in different way- like alphabetizing all her nouns (and she begged to do the verbs too...score one for mom!). We keep them in plasic baggies by type of word. She also uses them to build sentences.
In addition, each lesson has a handwriting/memory section. My tester does know cursive (making her extra special) and loves to get to write in it. These are short selections of scripture or an inspirational quote. Poetry is introduced and included with copywork too. The skills build steadily throughout the program.
This is such an affordable and EFFECTIVE program that my 2nd grader begged me to get her one! Let me say... Level B is equally as great!
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