If Rev. McGuffey were teaching today, he'd still focus on godly content that promotes moral growth and a well-developed mind! Introduce your children to his 19th-century classics, which stress phonics, memorization, and progressive vocabulary building. Students begin with the alphabet and one-syllable words in the Pictorial Primer and by high school they're learning about Napoleon and Wilberforce in the Fourth Reader. Slight clarifying changes maintain the spirit of the originals. 1408 pages total, seven slipcased hardcovers from Mott Media.
Mott Media has republished the 1830's version of the McGuffey Readers with the original Christian content. How would McGuffey teach reading if he were here today? His first concern would be that the content should promote moral growth and excellence of mind in habits, attitudes, and literary tastes. McGuffey also believed in phonics for beginning reading. McGuffey believed in memorizing as a way to develop habits of attention that promote understanding and mastery of all learning. McGuffey believed that an obvious result of a cultivated mind is a wide vocabulary. These principles produced the education that shaped American character, particularly in the West, for over one hundred years.
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