I have read about people using one lesson over a week. Something like using the word list for spelling, reading one day, copy work the next two, ??, spelling test on the last day.
I do have the Teacher Guide by Ruth B. and she gives some great advice on things to do with each lesson, but I haven't found where she suggest anything like the above.
If you use your MCGuffey's similar to the above, or somewhat different, I would love to hear how you use them. Also if you could tell if you use the Blue and Maroon ones or the Brown and Tan ones and what age your child is.
This is how one of my Internet friends does it:
It’s my understanding that the way they were originally used, they were set up to do one lesson per week. I don’t have any guides, but here’s how we’re using them right now:
We plan one lesson per week. The words at the beginning of the lesson become our spelling words. I go through the entire list (Monday) and the ones my dd gets incorrect go on a white board so she can see them any time. Then she reads the lesson out loud to me. Her goal is to make no mistakes in reading and to put “action” into her voice. Her mind seems to work faster than her mouth, though, and she gets ahead of what she’s saying when reading out loud. This has really helped her to slow down and be more consistent. Finally, I take the number of numbered paragraphs in each lesson and divide by either 4 or 5 (the number of days in that week we’ll be doing “school”). Those paragraphs become her copywork (Charlotte Mason style) each day.
Each day, we go over the spelling words orally, then she reads the lesson out loud to me, and then does the next section of copywork. Fridays are spelling words written quiz day (at her request-believe it or not!). The spelling words and read aloud take about 5 minutes a day. It’s really quick, but my dd loves this time.
I got slammed once for posting this but I'll post it again anyway. :o)
Back when I used McGuffey this is how I did it (condensed from a different group I used to visit):
>>>How to use McGuffey Readers
This may look long but it really only takes about ten minutes with the littler kids and the older ones can help each other or do it alone.
Primer to mid third reader-
~Print letters on the board, review sounds of each letter at the beginning of each day's lesson
~Print new word on the board, opt: find photo or sketch picture to represent word
~Teach children to pronounce the word by sight
~Have children show understanding by using word in a sentence; older child copies sentence in copybook
~Child uses letter tiles to spell the words & read them aloud; older child- copies words in notebook & read them aloud
~Have child find word in a pile of loose words; teacher can call out words for child to find
~Have child find word in a column of words; teacher can call out words for child to find
~Find the words in the text, read them but out of order to avoid rote recitation
~Make flashcards of the diacritical marks, review at the beginning of each day's lesson until mastered
Mid third reader to sixth reader-
~Child make flashcards of vocabulary words, drill daily
~Write out each word, look up its definition in the dictionary and copy it completely (including part of speech, origin of the word, definition(s) and forms of the word), then write at least one original sentence for each definition of each word
REPEAT WITH EACH NEW WORD
CONTINUE UNTIL ALL WORDS ARE MASTERED
~Child reads sentence by sentence out loud, narrating after each
~Younger child copies a selection of the lesson; older child prepares a section for dictation
~Practice reading the sentence until smooth
~Review by making words with letter tiles, by memory if possible
Spelling Lesson (not necessary if child is good at spelling)
The child makes up spelling cards with the words.
~Child print clearly the words on the card.
~Review cards daily together.
~Teacher holds the card in her hand. She *flashes* it quickly for the child to see and then covers it with her hand or another card.
~Child says the word, begins to spell, teacher uncovers that letter until the word is spelled completely.
Age 6: copy letters and very short words from Reader
Age 7: copy a sentence a day from Reader
Age 8: copy a paragraph from Reader once per week, from other sources on other days
Age 9: copy 2 paragraphs from Reader once per week, from other sources on other days
Age 10: copy 3 paragraphs from Reader once per week, from other sources on other days
Age 11: copy entire page from other sources<<<
I also used to teach grammar by having the girls use colored pencil to circle nouns or verbs, etc, changing every couple of lessons and reviewing all previous concepts on the 'review' lessons.
Some of the stuff above was tweaked and changed before we dropped the McGs.
Thank you both ladies! I am copying these ideas!
If I am not being too noisy can I ask why you dropped the McGuffys?
Hi, I have 2 or 3 word files with plans/helps for using the McGuffey's readers. I would be happy to email them to you if you would like? :)
If you go to my blog ( http://rockinhsmom5.blogspot.com ) you can email me from the form there under my picture.
Initially just for a change of pace. Then I found the Pathway Readers and just liked them better. :o)
You have mail, Dawne.
Susie, I have received and sent! :)