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I need some ideas on inexpensive readers for my 6 year old son. I have a complete set of McGuffey Readers, but even the Primer is a bit above where he is at right now, though we are using it as regular reading practice with lots of sight words. I am just wondering whether there are any other readers that you would recommend that I might be able to get to encourage his abilities. Thanks!!
Oh, and I should say that I have read through the SCM recommendations, so I do know at the readers that are on site. I’m just looking for other options before I buy.
I really like old Dick and Jane books. My kids enjoy the stories and they are a great mix of sight and sounding out words. I have a couple volumes one is The New Basic Reader set, New Fun with Dick and Jane, Jack and Janet and a few others. I have the McGuffy set but since the language is older the Dick and Jane sets were easier for my kids.
I also have the pathway readers, but they were better for when my kids were a bit more fluent readers and had a bit more confidence.
Where have you picked up the Dick and Jane books?
A few I have from when I was young, that my mom got from my dad’s cousins. They are actually old public school copies with teacher “helps” and some are actually helpful 🙂 I also found some at our homeschool conference used book sale for a few dollars. You could check online like ABEBooks dot com or similar.
Some say they were published in the 1960’s and say they are part of the Curriculum Foundation Series in the front coverRobinPParticipant
They were actually reprinted several years ago. I have a couple of the larger collections in my library.
This recommendation won’t be as inexpensive if you’re purchasing or as easy to find but, for boys, the Dan Frontier series is absolutely fabulous! This (as well as Cowboy Sam…others, too, that are lesser known) is a vintage series of graduated readers based on Daniel Boone. They begin very simply and get gradually more advanced. Boys LOVE these books. Looking at the link I’m posting, I see they have really become very expensive but maybe your library will have them. I’ve also been known to find them at thrift stores and library sales.
My son loves Cowboy Sam series. I came across an ebook collection through Character Concepts when it was on sale. He did not like reading on an ereader so I printed in booklet format and using thick thread bound the books. He really likes them a lot!RobinPParticipant
That’s great to know! There are so many treasures that are out of print. I wish I could start my own reprinting company but thankfully many others are working hard to fill that need.
The Dan Frontier and Cowboy Sam books look amazing! I’ll have to ask my dad to be on the lookout for them at book stores and thrift stores. He’s great at finding treasures in those places. 🙂HollySParticipant
Bob books are the absolute easiest readers I’ve come across. If he’s working through the McGuffey Primer, it should be a good fit. I’m sure some would classify them as “twaddle”, but my DC have been thrilled with having their own books at that age. My 6yo loves reading them to herself at bedtime.
@HollyS, yes, I have been looking at those too. I just need something because he sees his two older brothers reading books, and he is asking for his own. I want to challenge him, but also have books on hand that he can conquer to keep him encouraged and excited about reading. 🙂
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