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The Original McGuffeys Eclectic First Reader (McGuffey's Readers) Hardcover – January 4, 1982
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William Holmes McGuffey (1800-1873) was a "born" educator. Beginning by teaching his younger brothers and sisters, William McGuffey accepted his first teaching position at 13 in a one-room school with 48 students. After graduating from Washington College and being ordained as a Presbyterian minister, he taught moral philosophy at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio for almost ten years. It was during this period that McGuffey wrote and compiled the Readers that made him famous. Later McGuffey rose to the rank of university president, serving Cincinnati College and Ohio University. He spent the final third of his life teaching moral philosophy at the University of Virginia.
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The goal isn’t a lesson a day, but mastery of a lesson before moving on. The child should be able to read the words in each lesson well with proper inflection, spell the words in each lesson, understand the lesson (and in this day in age, that also can teach a bit of history at times), memorize & recite parts of or the entire lesson and in the original (Mott Media) versions, moral lessons are a huge part of each lesson. There was also supposed to be an emphasis on oral speaking (something we don’t see much of in today’s education) and not to recite passages in monotone, but with proper inflection.
The grammar books in the McGuffey’s series weren't meant to use until 4th grade. Until that point grammar should be gently taught as part of the reading lesson within the reader as it’s encountered.
The pictures were meant to be part of the lesson as well. The picture was to be studied and discussed before the lesson was read.
You’ll find the Original Mott Media version has a moral to each story and many mentions of prayer, God and the Bible. The Revised American book Company version is less moral. Actually edited to remove the Bible emphasis. Still better than today’s books, but much less of a Christian emphasis in the revised version.
We're using the primer for the writing work and at night I read her the second and third books in the series.
As these books were written by a Cambridge professor in 1901 you can expect a few referenced to be a bit outdated but the values and lessons taught are not.
The stories are written very well and speak incredibly well to the intelligence of a young audience challenging their young minds while teaching them valuable lessons about values and even, sometimes, God.
If this were 100 years into the future I would recommend them still.
The McGuffey Eclectic First Reader is very progressive and is a great resource for homeschoolers as well as any young children learning to read.