In our use of these readers the children have been simply READING THEM INDEPENDENTLY. Of late, as I am incorporating some ORAL READING into our weekly routine, especially with the older children, I find these books to be ideal…for many reasons.
First, being readers, there is an appropriate reading level for each of my ‘school-age’ children.
Second, they are already broken into short stories or lessons.
Third, the content is wonderfully suited FOR INSTRUCTING CHILDREN of Christian households and lead to much relevant discussion.
Fourth, each lesson has its own VOCABULARY list, with pronunciation helps and the fourth reader (as far as we have progressed) has word definitions as well.
Fifth, I find the 2nd reader to be especially useful for COPYWORK as each paragraph is numbered making it easy to identify a selection for copying.
As we now own a reprint of the original readers, I am reading these lessons to the children ‘over’ the occasional lunch . The 2nd, 3rd, and 4th readers in the original version include questions after each lesson. I am presently evaluating the parent-teacher guide by Ruth Beechick (wrote specifically to complement the original readers) as to its compatibility with the 1879 version. So far it looks very probable.
Although lesson examples/stories differ, the teaching suggestions are wonderful. not only for the ‘teaching reading stage’ but also for grammar and spelling instruction. The purchase of this guide could give the Robinson curriculum users even more ‘mileage’ from their McGuffey readers. Look into it if you will and I will likely give you further updates on the matter myself.