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Slightly OT: McGuffy's Eclectic Reader, etc.

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    Slightly OT: McGuffy's Eclectic Reader, etc.

    Morning!

    Culling through some books in our library (aka The Monster That Is Slowly Taking Over The House) and was wondering if I should donate my volumes of McGuffey's and my "Original Blue Back Speller". Both are in mint condition, as they have never been used, but I don't want to be rid of them if we will need them for schooling at some point. Thanks to Memoria, I know for certain that I don't need "How To Design Your Own Classical Curriculum" -- thank God! ;D
    Boy Wonder: 10, MP2/SC4 (Special Needs)
    Joy Bubble: 8, MP2 (Special Needs)
    Snuggly Cowboy: 6, MPK
    Sweet Lightness: 2, Reverse-Engineering Specialist

    “Have no fear of moving into the unknown. Simply step out fearlessly knowing that I am with you, therefore no harm can befall you; all is very, very well. Do this in complete faith and confidence.”
    ~Pope St John Paul II

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    Re: Slightly OT: McGuffy's Eclectic Reader, etc.

    I'm really glad you asked this! While I sold off most of my modern non-MP curriculum materials, I held on to the older things.
    I, too, have a mint condition full set of McGuffy's Readers and a beautiful, barely used full set of Ray's New Intellectual Arithmetic. I kept them thinking they might come in handy but I've barely given them a glance since starting out with MP.

    I am keeping my set of Uncle Arthur's Bedtime Stories, though. They are lovely bedtime reads. <3
    Mary

    DD14 - 9th core + CLRC Ancient Greek I & Latin IV + VideoText math
    DS12 - 7th core + Novare Earth Science + CLRC HS Latin I + VideoText math
    DD8 - SC level 2

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      #3
      Re: Slightly OT: McGuffy's Eclectic Reader, etc.

      My instinct is to donate them because I haven't been able to find a hit when I type the titles into any of the MP search resources. And while they would be nice to keep around, we already have SOOOOOO many books. So I am disinclined. My husband and MP do a fantastic job of adding more (and more...) wonderful books to our library. So I don't anticipate getting misty if I have to let anything go. Honestly, the less the better.
      Last edited by Anita; 01-05-2016, 11:03 AM.
      Boy Wonder: 10, MP2/SC4 (Special Needs)
      Joy Bubble: 8, MP2 (Special Needs)
      Snuggly Cowboy: 6, MPK
      Sweet Lightness: 2, Reverse-Engineering Specialist

      “Have no fear of moving into the unknown. Simply step out fearlessly knowing that I am with you, therefore no harm can befall you; all is very, very well. Do this in complete faith and confidence.”
      ~Pope St John Paul II

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        #4
        Re: Slightly OT: McGuffy's Eclectic Reader, etc.

        Since this has not been resolved, I infer that we do not strictly need these books (?). Making my Goodwill trip today or tomorrow. Thanks
        Boy Wonder: 10, MP2/SC4 (Special Needs)
        Joy Bubble: 8, MP2 (Special Needs)
        Snuggly Cowboy: 6, MPK
        Sweet Lightness: 2, Reverse-Engineering Specialist

        “Have no fear of moving into the unknown. Simply step out fearlessly knowing that I am with you, therefore no harm can befall you; all is very, very well. Do this in complete faith and confidence.”
        ~Pope St John Paul II

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          #5
          Re: Slightly OT: McGuffy's Eclectic Reader, etc.

          Anita,

          I don't know that Cheryl will see this today, and I don't know if she is planning to use the McGuffey readers, so can you put off your Goodwill trip until tomorrow? She is doing a radio interview today and out of touch!

          Tanya

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            #6
            Re: Slightly OT: McGuffy's Eclectic Reader, etc.

            (Mock sarcasm and pretend eye-roll)
            Tsk... I gueeeeeeesssss. Sheesh.

            I am tickled that Cheryl can't answer -- a radio show! How exciting!
            Boy Wonder: 10, MP2/SC4 (Special Needs)
            Joy Bubble: 8, MP2 (Special Needs)
            Snuggly Cowboy: 6, MPK
            Sweet Lightness: 2, Reverse-Engineering Specialist

            “Have no fear of moving into the unknown. Simply step out fearlessly knowing that I am with you, therefore no harm can befall you; all is very, very well. Do this in complete faith and confidence.”
            ~Pope St John Paul II

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              #7
              Re: Slightly OT: McGuffy's Eclectic Reader, etc.

              Originally posted by Anita View Post
              Since this has not been resolved, I infer that we do not strictly need these books (?). Making my Goodwill trip today or tomorrow. Thanks
              Good morning, Anita! You infer correctly. We do not intend to include these books.

              Like you and Mary, I purchased them. However, in our home those readers were used only one winter, when Michelle played "old-fashioned school" with her dolls!

              Thanks-
              Cheryl

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                #8
                Re: Slightly OT: McGuffy's Eclectic Reader, etc.

                Originally posted by cherylswope View Post
                Good morning, Anita! You infer correctly. We do not intend to include these books.

                Like you and Mary, I purchased them. However, in our home those readers were used only one winter, when Michelle played "old-fashioned school" with her dolls!

                Thanks-
                Cheryl
                Some authors say the readers are indispensable. And they are one of the staples of many home education programs. The content also seems agreeable at a glance. But I don't like the format. The books are too small; there's too much content smooshed together; the line-spacing is cramped; etc.. (The type set in the a Blue Back Speller is largely unreadable as well.) Yes, a little *too* old-fashioned. Besides, MP supplies so many fantastic resources, I don't think we will miss them.

                How was the radio interview? Very exciting!!!!
                Boy Wonder: 10, MP2/SC4 (Special Needs)
                Joy Bubble: 8, MP2 (Special Needs)
                Snuggly Cowboy: 6, MPK
                Sweet Lightness: 2, Reverse-Engineering Specialist

                “Have no fear of moving into the unknown. Simply step out fearlessly knowing that I am with you, therefore no harm can befall you; all is very, very well. Do this in complete faith and confidence.”
                ~Pope St John Paul II

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                  #9
                  Re: Slightly OT: McGuffy's Eclectic Reader, etc.

                  Originally posted by Anita View Post
                  How was the radio interview? Very exciting!!!!
                  A fun day! Thanks for asking.

                  Pics from yesterday:


                  Interview 1/6/16


                  Afterward - lunch with another author who was in the studio at the same time


                  After this, ... I drove back to Missouri. My husband and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary with dinner (kids at grandparents') and then attended the evening Epiphany service.


                  I slept well last night!


                  Cheryl

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                    #10
                    Re: Slightly OT: McGuffy's Eclectic Reader, etc.

                    Squeal!

                    1) HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!
                    2) Lovely
                    3) I love how many people receive the gift of Michelle's poetry book. A treasure
                    4) And you're up early again (writing curriculum?) despite all this! *little kid voice* Are you part cyborg?

                    Okay, back to business, the kids will be down for breakfast shortly and this fridge needs a scrub down, inside and out! Have a blessed day!
                    Boy Wonder: 10, MP2/SC4 (Special Needs)
                    Joy Bubble: 8, MP2 (Special Needs)
                    Snuggly Cowboy: 6, MPK
                    Sweet Lightness: 2, Reverse-Engineering Specialist

                    “Have no fear of moving into the unknown. Simply step out fearlessly knowing that I am with you, therefore no harm can befall you; all is very, very well. Do this in complete faith and confidence.”
                    ~Pope St John Paul II

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                      #11
                      Re: Slightly OT: McGuffy's Eclectic Reader, etc.

                      Happy anniversary! What a fun day!

                      I'm glad to hear another mother say what I'd thought once I cracked open one of the readers. It IS very difficult to read and, though the content is both solid and interesting, the presentation is an immediate turn-off for most children (and adults). I was surprised by this, as it came so highly recommended.

                      We did make good use of Ray's Intellectual Arithmetic, as I'd assign the kids their math lessons, then put mental math exercises on the white board. This was especially fun for my Aspie, who loves mental math. However, it was a ton of work for me. I quite like R&S math, as it gives all the drill I wanted and has built in the timed drills and mental math without any extra effort on my part.

                      I'm taking both of my sets down to Half Price Books. I'll put the proceeds in my MP curriculum savings account.
                      Mary

                      DD14 - 9th core + CLRC Ancient Greek I & Latin IV + VideoText math
                      DS12 - 7th core + Novare Earth Science + CLRC HS Latin I + VideoText math
                      DD8 - SC level 2

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