Using the McGuffey Readers for Progressing Readers and Writers

As promised, I have uploaded my next installment on how I use the “McG’s” as we affectionately call them.


This time my focus is on those who are reading on their own, but need further practice and guidance as they are developing their skills. I also offer some general practical advice on homeschooling.


I am having so much fun doing these! I can’t wait until I can set these things up for another round of video sharing–hope you enjoy!



18 thoughts on “Using the McGuffey Readers for Progressing Readers and Writers”

  1. Sherry,
    Thank you so much for these videos. I have managed a Charlotte Mason home for years but need more ease and consistency with language arts. I have been encouraged by you for years and these videos are giving me the practical application! Thanks!
    My 18 year old needs shoring up on her language arts and the McGuffeys lessons as you presented might be just the ticket!
    You did say you went from the Original 2nd Reader to the Eclectic 5th Reader?
    God bless and keep you,

    • You are very welcome! Actually, I went from the Original 2nd the the Revised Third, just for clarification. As for your 18yo, you might want to do some testing of his/her reading capability by using bits of the readers to find his “instructional” level, which is just below frustration and above ease. Also, I am going to be sharing about the different vintage materials for grammar and spelling soon.

      • Thanks for clarifying!!! I will try different levels and see where she falls in. I believe my younger daughter may need to spend a little time at the end of Original 2, then jump into Revised 3. I believe it will help her transition with success.

  2. Sherry,
    Would you consider doing several videos on notebooking with middle schoolers and highschoolers? You had a few posts and even a video I believe at Large Family Mothering. I would love a few more specific posts or videos on this topic at some point when you have completed your present series.
    Thank you for your ministry and encouragement.

    • Thank you for your input, Sharyn. I will certainly consider doing some video on notebooking since it is one of my favorite topics 🙂

  3. Thank you! These tutorials are great…. please keep it up! 🙂 I’m planning on using ditching the textbooks to use the McG’s but I want to ensure I am doing it “properly”.

    • Would you say that you can fully teach LA with just McGuffey’s? Do I need Harvey’s revised grammar book {elementary and middle school}?

      • Gigi, I would say yes, you will need Harvey’s (or the equivalent) but not right away. At first you will need Long’s Language, or something similar. Here is the link from Google Books that you can simply download and print out. I don’t use all of the lessons in each “reader grade”, just the first ones that are most relevant. If you have older children that have been reading/writing for a while, then Harvey’s would be the way to go. Here is the link for that one. You could also order the book and the answers from Mott Media (or Amazon). Hope this helps!

  4. Why do you switch from the original series to the revised after the second reader? Thank you for the informative video.

    • Thank you for the interesting question! It has to do with a lot of factors, mostly that the stories in the upper originals are not as interesting or engaging, for one thing. The subject matter in the originals is not as diverse and deal with some subjects that are not as applicable today (sort of morose, actually).

  5. Thank you for all the inspiration and encouragement that you share through your videos and blogs. I’m interested in using the McGuffey Readers, but when I did a search there are multiple different editions and different sets and so on. Can you please share a link to where to buy them or give some ideas as to where to find them, and how to know if you are purchasing the right set?

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