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McGuffey's Readers: Revised vs Original


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#1 ~Phoenix

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Posted 10 February 2009 - 03:31 PM

Anyone have opinions on the Revised McGuffey Readers vs. The Original McGuffey Readers?

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Posted 10 February 2009 - 04:02 PM

We have the revised edition, and we think they are great! I have looked at the originals, and they just seemed too far out for my kids ... and my kids are used to listening to old-fashioned literature. They just seemed too quaint to mesh well with our lifestyle.

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Posted 10 February 2009 - 08:10 PM

Thanks, Tara...
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Posted 10 February 2009 - 08:20 PM

We have the originals. And, I love them. They are quaint and definitely not up-to-date, but so are most of the books that I have them reading. Normal for us, I guess. My 5 year old is currently reading the primer aloud to me. We started them after 100EL. My 12yo and 10yo are reading the third volume aloud, to practice public speaking. It's been great for them, learning how to stand up in front of us and stand still while reading. ;) It makes me so proud!!! And the stories are filled with valor, character teaching, etc.

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Posted 10 February 2009 - 08:49 PM

It's not that they are old-fashioned that made me not as keen on the originals. We love old-fashioned stuff around here. I guess what I meant by quaint is that a lot of the language is sooo old-fashioned that my kids will never really encounter it anywhere else or use it for anything. I felt like I didn't want to take the time to teach and explain the outdated language when what I want them to be focusing on is reading fluency and comprehension. Does that make sense?

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Posted 10 February 2009 - 10:28 PM

I thought the same, and that's why I hadn't used them before. I've seen over the last month or so that the words I wasn't sure were useful actually are. I think it will be great for them, if only for their creative writing vocabulary usage. If not, they will have more extensive vocabularies, and that's not so bad, either.

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Posted 07 March 2009 - 04:47 AM

It depends on what you want to use them for.

If you're just using them for reading material after you've taught phonics and your children are reading well, I actually like the language and content of the originals better! (But, I also prefer the KJV, which most of my friends and family claim is not in English.)

However, if you want to use them to teach phonics, the revised edition is much superior, in fact, I don't recommend using the original at all, there was a period of whole word teaching going on from 1826 to 1876 which those fell under.

If you want to use them to teach phonics, the speller is the book to start with, not the primer or the reader, Spellers were used to teach reading back then, in fact, Noah Webster himself explains this in his 1828 American Dictionary of the English Language. The entry for spelling-book reads, "n. A book for teaching children to spell and read."

You can read about the history of reading and how spelling books and horn books were used here: (scroll down to the timeline)

http://www.thephonic...yofreading.html

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Posted 07 March 2009 - 01:27 PM

You may have already seen this site and I don't if it'll be helpful to you, but I had it bookmarked from a while ago and thought I'd share...

THE MCGUFFEY READERS - 1836 version

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Posted 26 September 2011 - 08:05 PM

I'm not trying to revive this thread. I was researching something else and came across this.

I just wanted to mention that actually the Original series of the McGuffey (1836) has a Parent/Teacher guide written by Ruth Beechick where she actually incorporates how to use these with phonics methods very similar to SWR way of teaching phonograms (all 3 sounds of "a" at once for example). You would use the Phonics Made Plain flashcards with them that also correspond with ABCs and All Their Tricks.

Anyway, in case someone comes across this wanting to use Original McGuffey for phonics based reading...You can!:001_smile:


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