I want to use these with Lance and Ethan my 5th and 7th graders. We haven't started them just yet as we've been busy cleaning up after the hailstorm and all BUT next week I'm going to start Ethan use the Fourth Reader and see how he does with it. I plan to sit with him and make sure he's saying all the words correctly.
I was going to start Ethan using the Fifth McGuffey's Reader but I want to make sure he's not struggling with it. His reading has improved a lot but I feel that the phonics review in the Fourth Reader will be good for Ethan.
These McGuffey Readers are different from the original McGuffey's hardback readers which were published in 1837.
The McGuffey's New Eclectic Readers from Everyday Education were published in 1857 and include an 18 page introduction for use with Charlotte Mason teaching methods by Janice Campbell. These ones are also paperback.
Another item that I'm excited to use with my boys is Perfect Reading, Beautiful Handbook by Caroline Joy Adams - republished by Janice Campbell.
I started using this with Lance. He's on the 4th lesson which is short vowels. They are easy for him but I wanted to start from the beginning.
The handwriting lessons are a bit hard for him. My goal was to have him have beautiful handwriting but we'll see, ack! I am going to sit with him and really try. Many times I'll admit I walk off leaving him to complete his handwriting lessons on his own. I don't think that's a good idea with Lance. He already has trouble with handwriting. I'm kind of caught with number 1. does he really have a problem and is writing difficult for him because of his Aspie tendencies- or number 2. is he being lazy. Sometimes I feel like it's #1 and other days #2. Maybe it's a combination.