McGuffey Primer

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This is Days 172 – 222 of Getting Ready 1, the beginning of the reading portion after learning the alphabet sounds. They will be reading McGuffey’s Eclectic Primer, Revised Edition. Before beginning this page, your child should be able to recognize all of the letters of the alphabet, knowing their names and basic sounds. Just like with the alphabet, if your child isn’t getting it, take a break and come back to it. It took one of my sons a year to get through this section because we stopped and then went back when we started again. He started later and took longer, but because EP’s ahead when it comes to reading, he’s still reading on grade level.

If you prefer to work offline, the daily words and Primer lessons can be found in our book, Learn to Read with EP. The book also contains all of the reading lessons for Getting Ready 2.

Day 172
  • Now we are going to start reading our first book! You will need to have your child go over the day’s words three times a day–maybe after breakfast, after lunch and after dinner. It will only take two minutes. After the third time then your child will read the page for that day. You can print these words out if you would rather not use the computer. 
  1. Look at your words. The program will show your child each word once and then show them randomly. That means a word may repeat. It changes its appearance slightly to show that you can click it again. This is for practicing. After several times a check mark will appear. That’s how you end the lesson. Feel free to end this first lesson before they know all the words perfectly.
  2. Look at your words.
  3. Look at your words and read lesson IYour child should be able to recognize the words before reading the lesson. You or an older sibling needs to listen to your child read the lesson out loud from the online book each day. 
  4. Congratulations on reading your first story!
  5. Your child is learning to read by sight. You are not teaching your child phonics. You don’t have to teach your child to sound out the words. Your child is to learn to identify a word by looking at it. That’s how you are reading this right now. You don’t sound it out. You just know what it says. Your child will learn phonics in Getting Ready 2. Doing it this way will give your child more speed and fluency.
Day 173
  1. Look at your words.
  2. Look at your words.
  3. Put the starting sound on the word. Even though we aren’t learning phonics right now, your child did learn the phonetic sounds of the alphabet. If your child is stuck on a word, the first thing to try is to ask your child what letter does the word start with and what sound does it make. Maybe making that sound will trigger the memory of what the word is.
  4. Look at your words and read lesson II.
  5. Put shapes on the gingerbread man.
Day 174
  1. Look at your words.
  2. Look at your words.
  3. Look at your words and read lesson III.
  4. What colors can you make?
Day 175
  • Remember that 1, 2 and 3 need to take place at three different times during the day.  If your child ever feels like the words are switching too fast, you can always teach your child to pause it between words. 
  1. Look at your words.
  2. Look at your words.
  3. Put the starting sound on the word.
  4. Look at your words and read lesson IV.
  5. You are learning to read! That’s wonderful!
Day 176
  1. Today is review, lesson VDon’t worry about the cursive. Just skip over it.
  2. Listen to a color story.
  3. Paint a picture. Use as many colors as you can!
Day 177
  1. Look at your words.
  2. Look at your words.
  3. Look at your words and read lesson VI. If your child is stuck on a word, another way to help is to remind your child that the story matches the picture. Maybe the picture has a clue as to what the word is.
  4. Build a snowman.
Day 178
  1. Look at your words.
  2. Look at your words.
  3. Put the starting sound on the word.
  4. Look at your words and read lesson VII.
  5. Play a game.
Day 179
  1. Look at your words.
  2. Look at your words.
  3. Look at your words and read lesson VIII. Another help in reading the right word is to ask your child if what he just read makes sense. If he said a word that doesn’t make sense, then that can’t be the right word. What would make sense?
  4. Count the rabbits.
Day 180
  1. Look at your words.
  2. Look at your words.
  3. Look at your words and read lesson IX.
  4. Make music.
Day 181
  1. Read lesson X. Choose one sentence to read again fast!
  2. Put together this puzzle. First you have to make the pieces right-side up! To turn the pieces click on them and then click on an arrow key.
  3. Play this counting game.
  4. Watch this counting song.
Day 182
  1. Look at your words.
  2. Look at your words.
  3. Look at your words and read lesson XI.
  4. Play Monkey  Jump.
Day 183
  1. Look at your words.
  2. Look at your words.
  3. Look at your words and read lesson XII.
  4. Make the chickens dance.
Day 184
  1. Look at your words.
  2. Look at your words.
  3. Look at your words and read lesson XIII.
  4. Count the animals.
Day 185
  1. Look at your words.
  2. Look at your words.
  3. Look at your words and read lesson XIV.
  4. Sort the colors.
Day 186
  1. Read Lesson XV. Choose one sentence to read again fast!
  2. Watch this counting video.
  3. Play lemonade stand.
  4. Make a craft.
Day 187
  1. Look at your words.
  2. Look at your words.
  3. Put the starting sound on the word.
  4. Look at your words and read lesson XVI.
  5. Watch the alphabet video.
Day 188
  1. Look at your words.
  2. Look at your words.
  3. Look at your words and read lesson XVII.
  4. Create an ocean.

Day 189

  1. Look at your words.
  2. Look at your words.
  3. Look at your words and read lesson XVIII.
  4. Sort the colors.

Day 190

  1. Look at your words.
  2. Look at your words.
  3. Look at your words and read lesson XIX.
  4. Be a bug catcher.
Day 191
  1. Read lesson XX. Choose one sentence to read again fast!  (Parent: If you are having to tell your child many words, please consider stopping and going back to the last lesson he can read confidently and start from there. It’s fine to have to point out a wrong word or to have to remind them by asking, “What letter does it start with?” to help them figure it out. You can also encourage your child to use the picture for clues.)
  2. Watch this counting video.
  3. Play this jungle counting game.
  4. *Put together this caterpillar. (craft)

Day 192

  1. Look at your words
  2. Look at your words.
  3. Put the starting sound on the word.
  4. Look at your words and read lesson XXI.
  5. Make music.
Day 193
  1. Look at your words.
  2. Look at your words.
  3. Put the starting sound on the word.
  4. Look at your words and read lesson XXII.
  5. Play shape shadows.
Day 194
  1. Look at your words.
  2. Look at your words.
  3. Look at your words and read lesson XXIII.
  4. Count the fish.

Day 195

  1. Look at your words.
  2. Look at your words.
  3. Look at your words and read lesson XXIV.
  4. Create a forest.

Day 196

  1. Read lesson XXV.  Choose one sentence to read again fast!
  2. Watch this counting video.
  3. Play this farm counting game.
  4. Watch the animal sounds video.

Day 197

  1. Look at your words.
  2. Look at your words.
  3. Look at your words and read lesson XXVI.
  4. Can you find your way through the zoo maze?

Day 198

  1. Look at your words.
  2. Look at your words.
  3. Look at your words and read lesson XXVII.
  4. Can you match the shapes?

Day 199

  1. Look at your words.
  2. Look at your words.
  3. Look at your words and read lesson XXVIII.
  4. Play underwater counting.

Day 200

  1. Look at your words.
  2. Look at your words.
  3. Look at your words and read lesson XXIX.
  4. Sort the colors.
Day 201
  1. Read lesson XXX.  Choose one sentence to read again fast! (Parent: If you are having to tell your child several words, please consider stopping and going back to the last lesson he can read confidently and start from there. It’s fine to have to point out a wrong word or to have to remind them by asking, “What letter does it start with?” to help them figure it out. You can also encourage your child to use the picture for clues.)
  2. Play this forest counting game.
  3. Put together this puzzle.
  4. Watch this counting video.

Day 202

  1. Look at your words.
  2. Look at your words.
  3. Look at your words and read lesson XXXI.
  4. Can you make matches?
Day 203
  1. Look at your words.
  2. Look at your words.
  3. Look at your words and read lesson XXXII.
  4. Make music.

Day 204

  1. Look at your words.
  2. Look at your words.
  3. Look at your words and read lesson XXXIII.
  4. Count the bunnies and find the match.

Day 205

  1. Look at your words.
  2. Look at your words.
  3. Look at your words and read lesson XXXIV.
  4. Create a jungle.

Day 206*

  1. Read lesson XXXV.  Choose one sentence to read again fast!
  2. Listen to the story. Click on the first page.
  3. *Do this counting lapbook. You don’t have to finish today. You can do more tomorrow and the next day.

Day 207

  1. Look at your words.
  2. Look at your words.
  3. Look at your words and read lesson XXXVI.
  4. Go food shopping. Buy healthy food by matching the pictures.

Day 208

  1. Look at your words.
  2. Look at your words.
  3. Look at your words and read lesson XXXVII. Turn the page. Don’t forget this one! when
  4. Make music.

Day 209

  1. Look at your words.
  2. Look at your words.
  3. Look at your words and read lesson XXXVIII.
  4. Watch the lonely vowel video.

Day 210

  1. Look at your words.
  2. Look at your words.
  3. Look at your words and read lesson XXXIX.
  4. Count the candles.

Day 211

  1. Read lesson XL. Choose a sentence to read again fast!  (Parent: If you are having to tell your child words, please consider stopping and going back to the last lesson he can read perfectly and start from there. It’s fine to have to point out a wrong word or to have to remind them by asking, “What letter does it start with?” as long as they can figure it out eventually. You can also encourage your child to use the picture for clues.)
  2. Do this counting game. Count to 10.

Day 212

  1. Look at your words.
  2. Look at your words.
  3. Look at your words and read lesson XLI.
  4. Do the senses lapbook. (You can still work on this lapbook even though the link within the lapbook no longer works.)

Day 213

  1. Look at your words.
  2. Look at your words.
  3. Look at your words and read lesson XLII.
  4. Do this senses game.

Day 214

  1. Look at your words.
  2. Look at your words.
  3. Look at your words and read lesson XLIII.
  4. Watch the color song.
Day 215
  1. Look at your words.
  2. Look at your words.
  3. Look at your words and read lesson XLIV.
  4. Paint the shapes.

Day 216

  1. Read lesson XVLV.
  2. Play this counting game.
  3. Play this word game.
  4. *Can you find your way?

Day 217

  1. Look at your words.
  2. Look at your words.
  3. Look at your words and read lesson XLVI.
  4. Can you count backwards from ten?

Day 218

  1. Look at your words.
  2. Look at your words.
  3. Look at your words and read lesson XLVII.
  4. Can you count backwards from ten?

Day 219

  1. Look at your words.
  2. Look at your words.
  3. Look at your words and read lesson XLVIII.
  4. Find the shapes.

Day 220*

  1. Look at your words.
  2. Look at your words.
  3. Look at your words and read lesson XLIX.
  4. *Color the shapes and count the different shapes.
Day 221 
  1. Look at your words.
  2. Look at your words.
  3. Look at your words. read lesson L.
  4. Make music.
Day 222
  1. Look at your words.
  2. Look at your words.
  3. Look at your words and read lesson LI.
  4. Watch the lots of shapes video.
Day 223
  1. Look at your words.
  2. Look at your words.
  3. Look at your words (mute the audio and read it to the child) and read lesson LII
  4. Listen to a rhyme.
  5. Congratulations! You read a whole book!

One thought on “McGuffey Primer

  1. Jessica Jansen February 24, 2013 / 3:00 am

    this is awsome. thankyou

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