The McGuffey Reading Guide has been developed in conjunction with the Hearthstone Education Plan. Lesson plans have been prepared for each of the McGuffey Readers to help parents provide a complete Language Arts curriculum using the original McGuffey Readers. Many of the teaching tips from Ruth Beechick are included in the Lesson guide. We recommend that parents purchase the Parent-Teacher guide by Ruth Beechick in addition to the full set of McGuffey Readers. (available at Mott Media) This small box of books will prove to be a treasure for many years to come.
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The lesson guides on this website are to be used with the original McGuffey Readers. The lesson plans provide suggestions for phonics, spelling, vocabulary, writing, and oratory skills.
The teacher or parent will be most effective if they use the guides for the suggestions they offer but not as rigid lesson plans. Students will learn best if discussions are conducted in a conversational, natural tone. Suggestions for phonics, spelling, writing, and grammar activities will help the teacher present a full language arts program. Teachers and parents should determine which activities are needed for the student's progress.
The following skills are emphasized in the McGuffey Readers:
Primers and The First Reader: Reading skills by using the phonics method. Explode the Code phonics has been included in the guide to reinforce phonics rules. We encourage children at this age to devote time to understand phonics rules. Spelling tests will be introduced with the next readers. Typically used with students in Kindergarten thru 3rd grade.
Second Reader: Reading comprehension using stories that children can remember. The stories in the Second Reader provide the backdrop for some grammar, vocabulary and writing lessons while emphasizing attributes of character that prepare the child for a lifetime of joy and service. Typically used with students in 3rd - 6th grade.
Third Reader: The First and Second Readers are used to help children learn to read. As they move into the Third Reader they will read to learn. A variety of topics are introduced with an introduction to new vocabulary words with each lesson. Typically used for students in 6th - 8th grade.
Fourth Reader: This reader was written for the highest levels of ability on the grammar school level. This stage involves an advanced kind of comprehension which requires students to understand a variety of viewpoints and think about abstract ideas. Typically used for students in high school.