Level C requires a teacher's guide, student workbook, word cards and phonics practice sheets, and a copy or digital download of McGuffey's Revised Eclectic Second Reader.
McGuffey's Revised Eclectic Second Reader: The McGuffey’s section usually covers two lessons per week. Lessons involve reading the selection and answering comprehension questions or coloring word cards to coordinate with the parts of speech. One day is spent studying the picture and reading the words and the selection. The next day is for coloring word cards and reviewing parts of speech. Nouns are red, pronouns are pink, adjectives are orange, verbs are green, adverbs are yellow, prepositions are blue, conjunctions are purple, and interjections are black. In addition to the word card activities, here are some other ideas for utilizing them…
1. Draw a diagram on a poster board and have your student practice diagramming sentences. (Diagramming will be covered in the next level, but you can have your student get a head start.)
2. Have your student match adjective cards with noun cards and adverb cards with verb cards.
3. Put one color of cards in alphabetical order.
4. Define any words that your student may not know the meaning of.
5. Have your student randomly choose a word out of the box and try to come up with rhyming words.
Word Mastery: This level continues to teach reading with Mrs. Akin’s Word Mastery. Each lesson contains a short word list for your student to study and practice writing in the Phonics Practice Sheets. It is important to understand that these are not spelling tests. Don’t hesitate to help your child spell the words if necessary. This process should not be frustrating. To better understand our technique, here is a direct quote from Mrs. Akin’s Word Mastery:
“No diacritical marks are to be used. Pupils are taught to determine the sound of the vowel by its position in the word and by its associate letters. When pupils learn to read by means of diacritical marks their reading for the first year or more must be largely confined to the reader from which they are taught. The method presented in this book gives the pupil immediate mastery of a word taught and the words of its family, regardless of where he may find them. Diacritical marks should not be taught until pupils are sufficiently advanced to use the dictionary.
Pupils should be taxed with the fewest possible rules. In this course only those are used which are simplest and most necessary for word-recognition. Do not require pupils to memorize them; frequent application of the principles involved will insure a thorough knowledge of them.”
We love the natural approach that Mrs. Akin uses to teach reading and have kept with her original style of teaching. Diacritical marks and phonetic rules are introduced along with spelling lessons in Level D.
Handwriting/ Copywork: This level has a weekly memory verse to copy and memorize. The other three days of the week have quotes from famous people. The authors of these quotes come from many different walks of life and have many different world views. Although none of the quotes have the authority of scripture, we’ve tried to find quotes that will build character, spark your student’s interest, and possibly engage them in conversation. Some of these quotes are even humorous. Cursive handwriting is recommended; but this is at the teacher’s discretion.
Grammar: Grammar lessons are somewhat simpler than the previous year, because your student is expected to work more independently this year. Grammar is based on Speaking and Writing Book One by William H. Maxwell. This little book is a gem. It not only gives a firm foundation in simple grammar concepts, but also teaches the art of speaking clearly and eloquently. You will find that the McGuffey’s word cards and the grammar lessons complement each other well.
Biblical Approach: This program contains constant references to Bible stories, and is designed to teach outstanding character at every turn. Eclectic Foundations will not replace your current Bible curriculum, but isn’t it nice to have a language arts program that won’t work against your values? That cannot be said about many secular programs.
Teacher Friendly: This program is designed to cover four days a week for 36 weeks. It really is an open-and-go program! There is no prep work involved! Everything is laid out for you so you can focus your time on teaching and bonding with your children.