Getting Ready

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The EP McGuffey Primer APP is available at Google Play. It has each lesson’s sight words and stories all together in one place for practice on the go.





Below are books you could use with preschool and kindergarten.

This book contains all the worksheets you need to print to complete the EP preschool course, Getting Ready 1.

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This is the offline version of the McGuffey Primer and Getting Ready 2 reading. This is only the reading portion of those courses. For complete, offline courses, see below.


The GC “Steps” are from Lee’s offline curriculum. Use this link to learn more and to see videos of the insides of these books. These are based on Getting Ready 1, McGuffey Primer and Getting Ready 2, but there are three years’ worth of books, whereas the online courses are meant to cover two years. The reading covers the same but is drawn out with more practice. The final book in this series basically covers what is in Math 1.


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First Step is for ages 3 and 4 and covers learning the alphabet letters and sounds as well as shapes and colors. There are 180 pages of activities.(This is similar to Getting Ready 1.)

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Big Step is for ages 4 and 5 and has the McGuffey Primer words and lessons, which have been slightly modernized as well as expanded to include more practice and comprehension questions. For math children will count objects and identify numbers to twenty. Students will also use counting and a number line to add and subtract small numbers. To develop pre-handwriting skills children will trace, draw, connect, and complete a variety of daily activities. There are 180 days of both reading and math/writing activities. (This is similar to the McGuffey Primer page but the lessons are drawn out with more practice. This covers more days than the online course, a whole school year’s worth. This introduces addition and subtraction with objects.)



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Giant Leap is for ages 5 and 6 and covers reading, writing, and basic math. For reading they will complete a phonics course and be reading the McGuffey First Reader. For handwriting they will write all of the letters of the alphabet in uppercase and lowercase as well as the digits. That is followed by writing words and then sentences. In math they will learn to recognize and count numbers to one hundred. Math covers addition and subtraction as well as basic money, time, and other basic number concepts. (This is similar to Getting Ready 2, but it covers most topics in Math 1 as well. Your student could use Math 2 after this course.)