I know probably the easiest thing for me to do is have my son read a novel out loud to me, but we are having trouble remembering to do it. I think I would like something more like a reader like I remember having in school because they have short, definite lessons and questions. Although he reads a lot, I am discovering that his pronunciation is not improving and he slurs over words. He does well when something is read to him, but he doesn’t seem to comprehend nearly so well when he must read himself. I think his mind wanders and he (we all) needs to work on the habit of attention.
I would like a faith based reader, but it’s not necessary. Until recently (as in this minute) I’ve been trying to avoid material that uses the King James Bible. Our pastors have been very clear in their desire to refrain from using KJ for children and youth curriculum, and we have always used NIV at home and usually at church as well. I do own a KJ, but I don’t think I’ve ever really used it. I am concerned that using KJ will muddy his comprehension further.
So I guess I need some suggestion for Readers that might suit my purpose (my son is 12 finishing 6th. This has been our second year hsing).2flowerboysParticipant
Have you seen the Abeka Readers? They have great character readers! First, they have the basic multiple story readers. This includes poems, excerpts from great literature, and short stories pertaining to the time period that is studied for that grade. Second, they have some other books that are full stories in themselves. There is one story that is divided into 3 books! I cannot say enough about these books. They teach morals, character, struggle, dependency on God, and faith. We do not do Abeka at all! But, I have found these Readers and Books to be a wonderful addition to our homeschool! As a matter of fact, these have been some of my boys favorites!
They are expensive, but if you ever have a chance to go to a homeschool book sale they are in abundance! Also, check out your local Christian School there is a big chance that they are using Abeka. And don’t forget places like http://www.homeschoolclassifieds.com !
Check out our faves! Secret of the Maple Tree, Song of the Brook, and Message on the Mountain series! My boys did not want these to end! Very moving and touching too!
I did want to give you some more options. http://www.graceandtruthbooks.compslivelyParticipant
You could always go with the McGuffey readers. They don’t have questions until you get to number 4, but they work great for narration. Especially for a child just starting to work on the narration skill. My 11 and 12 year old read from the 4th reader.Melissa HensonParticipant
We love the readers by Harriet Treadwell … Reading Literature The Primer, First Reader, Second Reader and Third Reader. They are available at Yesterday’s Classics.eawernerParticipant
The Pathway Readers go up through 8th grade though I haven’t personally seen the ones past the 3rd grade level.HollySParticipant
We use McGuffey readers. They read aloud a lesson each week. I like that these go through high school and have some pretty challenging material for that age!Wings2flyParticipant
Have you looked at Christian Liberty Press?TailorMadeParticipant
We’ve used McGuffey’s with all five of our children. It’s one of the absolutes in home education at our house. Our children plan on using them with their children. 🙂
I’m curious about how you use the McGuffey Readers. Do you just read them out loud and narrate? How often? I’ve seen these, but I’ve been unsure what to do with them. I remember reading a few of the stories and they are um..scary. 🙂 Did your dc perceive them that way?HollySParticipant
We have the Eclectic reader set (published by Wiley), which is less dark from my understanding. The older set (how published by Mott Media) was written in a time when children often died young, so death was much more common and the readers show that. I can’t think of anything dark or scary in the Eclectic readers.
As far as using them, my DC read from them daily when they are just starting with their reading…it’s a large portion of their phonics. They also add in some other readers for variety. Once they are reading well on their own, they move on to reading chapter books independently and have a weekly McGuffey lesson. Their copywork is usually taken from this lesson (we sometimes have Bible verses or poems from other sources). I was also using it for dictation, but just switched to Spelling Wisdom. When they read aloud, we work on speaking clearly, voice inflection, and oral narration. We do this one day each week.Missy OHParticipant
Thank you for the info. Yes, the ones I saw were from the older set. I’ve been thinking about these to use to work on our reading aloud skills.
- The topic ‘Readers’ is closed to new replies.