1. Biblical worldview. As a Christian, it is important that our children are taught Biblically. The educators of the 1800’s and early 1900’s also believed this. During this hay-day of education, educators unapologetically taught Biblical truth and American patriotism. Scripture verses and Biblical lessons are scattered throughout the program. "The Christian religion, is the religion of our country. From it are derived our prevalent notions of the character of God, the great moral governor of the universe. On its doctrines are founded the peculiarities of our free institutions." William Holmes McGuffey
2. Easy to teach. 144 lessons are intended to cover 36 4-day weeks. The answers to workbook sheets are located directly on the Teacher’s Guide lesson pages. You do not need to thumb through the back of the book or locate a different book for answers. One student workbook and teacher’s guide includes all needed lessons for Phonics, Grammar, Spelling, Reading Comprehension, Handwriting, Composition, and Poetry. Another curriculum would most likely require many books.
3. Simple yet effective. • Letters are taught using multisensory activities. As soon as your student learns enough letters to form a word, the letters are “put to work”. Immediate use of the letters allows your student to make better sense of the material being taught. • Comprehension questions are included with every McGuffey Reader selection. • Word Cards are colored to correlate with the parts of speech. Studies show that associating difficult concepts with simple concepts such as colors or shapes can be very effective. • Author studies and poetry studies help your student think critically and understand selections from various points of view. • This program starts cursive in Level B. Studies show that cursive writing taught at an early age can be beneficial especially for children with dyslexia. • Copy work includes quotes from authors, historical figures, and philosophers. Your student will copy quotes from some of the greatest minds of the past. • Lessons are interesting, short, and effective. The work progresses slowly and steadily. You won’t find “busy-work” in this program.
4. Historically successful. • 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. • After 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 upon completing the 8 th 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 educational standards again?
5. Economical Each program is designed to last one year. One student workbook and teacher’s guide includes all needed lessons for Phonics, Grammar, Spelling, Reading Comprehension, Handwriting, Composition, and Poetry. No other program that I know of provides this much at such a low price. to where they are.
You can download the word cards, appendixes, and phonics practice sheets for each level. Word cards will need to be printed on card stock. Phonics practice sheets and appendixes will need to be laminated.
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