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  1. I am new to homeschooling. I have been on this forum to research and find out what I am going to do next year. My son is in Pre-K, and we just finished TYCR100 easy lessons. I looked into PR and AAS as possible choices for LA. I was wondering why people choose new, expensive curriculum over free/inexpensive classics like Webster's Speller and McGuffey's Ecclectic Reader. Genuinely, I want to know if I am missing something:glare:. What is your opinion?
  2. I have just finished analyzing the grade levels of all the reading books which are free to download, by William McGuffey, Charles Sanders, and Salem Town. I posted this information to the general board, but since I think these books are absolutely the best reading books for anyone, especially gifted students, I’m putting it here too. I believe these authors have assembled what are probably the most wholesome and ennobling (for those who haven’t seen them yet, check out the highest levels, like Sixth and Young Ladies,’ for example) reading books there are, and, contrary to my low expectations of modern reading curricula, I don’t doubt that they will raise any student to his or her highest potential. The reason I think they are particularly good for gifted kids is gifted kids are usually reading at a much higher grade level than they can otherwise work in. I had started to worry about my daughter, “If she keeps going at this pace, she’ll reach 9th-grade reading by 1st grade, and I can’t have a 6-year-old learning to write letters and who has never composed a paragraph in a high-school literature course…” Using these books, gifted kids can have a reading course each year, like kids normally do, but just at their reading levels, no matter how high they get, and they can move forward at their own paces. Also, since these books can be found free on the internet, you may want to use more than one of the books at a particular level, assigning all or most of the lessons when extra practice is needed, and skipping ahead whenever they get easy. We are doing something like that. Unfortunately, I have not figured out the differences among indications such as “Eclectic,” “Alternate,” and “Union.” To get the grade levels, I processed samples of the texts with the Lexile Analyzer. Since it accepts only one thousand words at a time, and because it takes awhile to clean up the text-recognition output, I analyzed, depending on the length of the lessons, somewhere between several lessons and several paragraphs of two lessons from the beginning and end of each textbook of progressive difficulty, and also, in the textbooks of non-progressive difficulty, parts of the middles for purposes of comparison to the rest of each book. Thus all of the results are approximate. The links are in the comment because this won’t all fit into one post.
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    McGuffy Readers

    What grade and/or reading level do these start? There is a box set on Amazon and it says it's for ages 9-12, but the title is Primer through 6th grade; is that correct? If you use them, what age did you start your kids on them? We are almost finished with Nora Gaydos' "Now I'm Reading" and are looking for the next step. Thanks!
  4. I'm still stumped on post OPGTTR reading for 1st grade next year. I was recently talking to a hs'ing friend about some suggestions for what I want. She said I need some type of "lit book". Basically and all in one volume, here is what you should read/do next kind of curriculum. So I started looking at the McGuffy readers. Can any of you share your thoughts on these? Does it come with a teacher's manual? How have you used these? Does it work on comprehension type stuff?
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