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This might have been my first homeschool purchase

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McGuffeys Eclectic Readers (Seven Volume Boxed Set, paperback)

In 1978 we bought a set of McGuffey’s Eclectic Readers. I think it was my very first homeschool curriculum purchase. I still have that set, and now my grown kids borrow it for their own children.

There are many versions of the old, original McGuffey Readers. Some currently in print are the Thoburn version (this is the one we bought in the 70’s and love very much), the Mott Media version (we bought this version years ago and I ended up selling it as I didn’t like it near as much as the Thoburn version), the Burger version, which looked to me a lot like the Mott Media version, and the Raymond Moore version (which I don’t like because they edited it). Actually, it’s all a matter of opinion. The reason I like the Thoburn version is probably because I have very happy and warm memories of reading it over and over to my children. Our copies are quite worn and tattered now, but I would never think of getting rid of them or replacing them. I am sure that all and any version of the readers would be fine to use. I would suggest getting one of these reprints, though, instead of going to an old book store and getting one of the really old ones, one of the originals. The very old copies would be hard to handle and would fall apart in your hands.

One Response to “This might have been my first homeschool purchase”

  1. Alisia Williams Says:

    Seven years ago I bought these after reading TTT. My oldest child was then just five. I have used them for reading practice, my read aloud time with them, and for character development. These contain memorable stories and poems that quote and reinforce Biblical teaching. Thanks for the recommendation!

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