Anyone using those? (from Pathway Publishers) I am debating if I want to continue with that or something else similar? My 2nd grader likes the stories and likes to answer the questions. Probably not very CM since it feels more like busy work but he seems to like that. My only problem w/it is all those long and short vowels, the different sounds, I would think one can learn how to write and read without ever learning that, just by reading, am I wrong? Things like consonant blends, contraction, digraph etc.. I am questioning how much value there is in learning this at 7-8 years old? Thoughts? I could skip the questions I find irrelevant but than wondering if I would be better off w/something else.HollySParticipant
I’ve taught my DC to read mainly using McGuffey Readers. I like that they list all new words at the beginning of the lesson, before the actual reading. We spend a minute going over any new words and phonics rules for that word. I just cover the basics and don’t get into very complex rules. We have the Pathway readers as well and add them in for variety (along with various early readers).
In the past, I’ve added simple phonics workbooks like ETC and MCP. However, I just picked up Noah Webster’s Reading Handbook. I’ll be using this in place of a workbook and will add in a bit of copywork. I’m hoping this will be more effective than workbooks…although workbooks are nice to give them something independent to do.
I’ve heard if you don’t teach them all the phonics rules, they will struggle later on with more complex words, but my oldest two are pretty strong readers.
I learned English as a second language (well 3rd actually) and never learned those things. My 2 oldest are very good reader and speller and do not remember those things. one more reason I am wondering about the importance of it!retrofamParticipant
Some children have more difficulty with spelling without the phonics rules. That said I was not taught phonics and was an advanced reader and speller.
It really depends on the individual. My dd is struggling with learning to read, and phonics helps her more than just sight words.
I see, so if my son is already reading I might not need to do that.
Holly can you tell me what the McGuffey are like please? What is the difference between the eclectic primer, number 1, 2 etc..? Do you need to read them in order, does it work w/grade level? Are they readers with questions, grammar? I have seen them at some point but can’t remember.HollySParticipant
You can see them yourself on Gutenber.org: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/search/?query=mcGuffey+reader
We used the online version for a few years before I invested in a printed set. My children have usually started the Primer towards the end of K or 1st grade. They start it whenever they have their letter sounds learned and can do basic blending. I just use homemade flashcards or a whiteboard for teaching blending. After they understand blending, we start with the Primer. We generally do a lesson per day when they are learning to read.
You can place your children in which ever reader is appropriate for them. My 7th grader is in level 4, my 4th grader is in level 3, and my 2nd grader is in level 2. I believe the 6th reader is high school/college level and the 5th is high school.
The early readers focus on phonics and the later ones include vocabulary and questions. Right now we only use them for reading instruction and practice reading aloud. They read aloud a lesson per week for this. In the past we’ve used them for copywork, dictation, and grammar. However, I wanted a more open-and-go language arts program, especially now that we are focusing more on grammar and writing (and I have more kids to teach).KaylaParticipant
I just purchased the McGuffeys off a local b/s/t board on Facebook. I am so excited to use them! I have the Treadwell readers from Yesterday’s Classics, we will alternate between McGuffey, Treadwell, and just early reader books like frog and toad. I think I’m going to use the cursive in the Mcaguffeys also, it is just so beautiful.
thank you both, it is good to get different ideas, I think I will try that…MonicaParticipant
I have a McGuffey boxed set in excellent condition for sale if anyone is interested!
I just bought one on Abebooks! Maybe somebody else, you should post it!
One more question, would using McGuffey’s and the Treadwell book enough?
I am considering Spelling You See as well, would that be overkill?
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