Monday, September 1, 2014

NEW 2-16 Video Lesson XVI: A kind BROTHER. (part 2) - McGuffey's Second Eclectic Reader (revised edition)

Thursday, August 28, 2014

McGuffey's Tip of the Week-Back to School Transition-August 27, 2014

McGuffey Tip of the Week-August 27, 2014
Back to School Transition
It is the last week of August and if your children haven't started school already and have taken the summer off it's time to make that transition back into the school routine. Here are a few tips:
-Designate and clear a workplace
-organize and clean out school supplies: organize pens, colored pencils, and markers, and through out the bad ones.
-re-establish bedtime and mealtime routines
It is a good idea to review the work that your children were doing before their summer break (if they had one) before moving on to the next level. As the saying goes: repetition is the mother of knowledge.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

2-37 Word Card Lesson XXXVII: The Kitchen Clock. - McGuffey's Second Eclectic Reader (revised edition)

2-37 Word Card Lesson XXXVII: The Kitchen Clock. - McGuffeys Second Eclec

THE KITCHEN CLOCK.

1. Listen to the kitchen clock!
     To itself it ever talks,
     From its place it never walks;
   "Tick-tock-tick-tock: "
     Tell me what it says.
2. "I'm a very patient clock,
     Never moved by hope or fear,
     Though I've stood for many a year;
   Tick-tock-tick-tock: "
     That is what it says.
3. "I'm a very truthful clock:
     People say about the place,
     Truth is written on my face;
   Tick-tock-tick-tock: "
     That is what it says.
4. "I'm a most obliging clock;
     If you wish to hear me strike,
     You may do it when you like;
   Tick-tock-tick-tock: "
     That is what it says.
5. "I'm a very friendly clock;
     For this truth to all I tell,
     Life is short, improve it well;
   Tick-tock-tick-tock: "
     That is what it says.
6. What a talkative old clock!
     Let us see what it will do
     When the hour hand reaches two;
   "Ding-ding—tick-tock: "
     That is what it says.
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Friday, July 11, 2014

0-9 Clipart Lesson IX. Tom's Nag. - McGuffey's Eclectic Primer (revised edition)

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See the nag! It is Tom's nag.
Can Tom catch his nag?
He can not catch him.
The dog ran at the nag, and the nag ran.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

2-36 Word Cards Lesson XXXVI: Willie and Bounce (Concluded). - McGuffey's Second Eclectic Reader (re



1. Poor little Bounce gave a great yelp of distress. If he had been a big water dog, he could have jumped in and brought his master out.
[Illustration: Boy in water clinging to log. Dog yelping.]
2. He ran up and down the bank two or three times, barking, looking first at Willie and then around. Then he started, as fast as he could run, up the street to the store.
3. When he got there the door was shut, but he scratched against it and barked loudly, until some one came and opened it.
4. He caught hold of Mr. Brown's clothes, then ran to the door, then back again, catching at him, barking, and jumping.
5. A friend who was in the store said to Mr. Brown, "Something must be wrong; I would put on my hat, and go with the dog." Bounce, seeing Mr. Brown take his hat, started for the river.
6. Then Mr. Brown thought of Willie. As he came to the river, he saw Willie's hat floating on the water, and his small arm thrown up.

7. He sprang in and caught him just as he was going down for the last time, and quickly carried him to the bank. "Willie soon got over his fright, and no one seemed to be more delighted than Bounce.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

2-34 Word Card Lesson XXXIV: Birdie's Morning Song. - McGuffey's Second Eclectic Reader (revised edition

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1. Wake up, little darling, the birdies are out,
   And here you are still in your nest!
   The laziest birdie is hopping about;
     You ought to be up with the rest.
   Wake up, little darling, wake up!

2. Oh, see what you miss when you
     slumber so long—
   The dewdrops, the beautiful sky!
   I can not sing half what you lose in my song;
     And yet, not a word in reply.
   Wake up, little darling, wake up!

3. I've sung myself quite out of patience with you,
   While mother bends o'er your dear head;
   Now birdie has done all that birdie can do:
     Her kisses will wake you instead!
   Wake up, little darling, wake up!
                                        George Cooper.







Thursday, July 3, 2014

2-35 Word Cards Lesson XXXV: Willie and Bounce. - McGuffey's Second Eclectic Reader (revised edition)




WILLIE AND BOUNCE.

1. Two fast friends were Willie Brown and his little dog Bounce. Willie could never think of taking a walk without Bounce. Cake and play were equally shared between them.
2. Willie taught his dog many cunning tricks, and often said that Bounce could do almost anything in the world but talk.
3. There came a time, however, when Bounce really told Willie's father something, though he could not talk. Let me tell you how he did this.
4. It was on a bright summer afternoon. Willie had strolled with Bounce down to the river, which was not more than two blocks from his father's store.
5. Willie began to throw stones into the water, and to watch the ripples as they made one circle after another.
6. Bounce lay on the grass, watching the flies that buzzed around his nose, and catching any that came too near.
7. There were some logs floating in the river near the shore. Willie jumped upon one of them, to see if he could throw a stone across the river.
8. He drew back, and sent the stone with all his might. just as it left his hand, the log turned, and he fell into the water.
9. He was very much frightened, for he did not know how to swim, and there was no one to hear, though he called as loud as he could for help.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

2-26 Word Card Lesson XXVI: Patty and the Squirrel. - McGuffey's Second Eclectic Reader (revised edition)


PATTY AND THE SQUIRREL.

1. Little Patty lives in a log house near a great forest. She has no sisters, and her big brothers are away all day helping their father.
2. But Patty is never lonely; for, though the nearest house is miles away, she has many little friends. Here are two of them that live in the woods.
3. But how did Patty teach them to be so tame? Patty came to the woods often, and was always so quiet and gentle that the squirrels soon found they need not be afraid of her.
4. She brought her bread and milk to eat under the trees, and was sure to leave crumbs for the squirrels.
5. When they came near, she sat very still and watched them. So, little by little, she made them her friends, till, at last, they would sit on her shoulder, and eat from her hand.
6. Squirrels build for themselves summer houses. Those are made of leaves, and sticks, and moss. They are nice and cool for summer, but would never do for the winter cold and snow.
7. So these wise little people find a hollow in an old tree. They make it warm and snug with soft moss and leaves; and here the squirrels live all through the long winter.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

2-34 Word Card Lesson XXXIV: Birdie's Morning Song. - McGuffey's Second Eclectic Reader (revised edition

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1. Wake up, little darling, the birdies are out,
   And here you are still in your nest!
   The laziest birdie is hopping about;
     You ought to be up with the rest.
   Wake up, little darling, wake up!
2. Oh, see what you miss when you
     slumber so long—
   The dewdrops, the beautiful sky!
   I can not sing half what you lose in my song;
     And yet, not a word in reply.
   Wake up, little darling, wake up!
3. I've sung myself quite out of patience with you,
   While mother bends o'er your dear head;
   Now birdie has done all that birdie can do:
     Her kisses will wake you instead!
   Wake up, little darling, wake up!
                                        George Cooper.





Tuesday, June 24, 2014

2-33 Word Card Lesson XXXIII: The Fireside. - McGuffey's Second Eclectic Reader (revised edition

2-33 Word Card Lesson XXXIII: The Fireside. - McGuffeys Second Eclectic Reader (revised edition)



1. One winter night, Mrs. Lord and her two little girls sat by a bright fire in their pleasant home. The girls were sewing, and their mother was busy at her knitting.
2. At last, Katie finished her work, and, looking up, said, "Mother, I think the fire is brighter than usual. How I love to hear it crackle!"
3. "And I was about to say," cried Mary, "that this is a better light than we had last night."
4. "My dears," said their mother, "it must be that you feel happier than usual to-night. Perhaps that is the reason why you think the fire better, and the light brighter."
5. "But, mother," said Mary, "I do not see why we are happier now than we were then; for last night cousin Jane was here, and we played 'Puss in the corner' and 'Blind man' until we all were tired."
6. "I know! I know why!" said Katie. "It is because we have all been doing something useful to-night. We feel happy because we have been busy."
7. "You are right, my dear," said their mother. "I am glad you have both learned that there may be something more pleasant than play, and, at the same time, more instructive."

Friday, June 20, 2014

2-27 Word Card Lesson XXVII: The Sparrow. - McGuffey's Second Eclectic Reader (revised edition)





THE SPARROW.

1. Glad to see you, little bird;
   'Twas your little chirp I heard:
   What did you intend to say?
   "Give me something this cold day"?
2. That I will, and plenty, too;
   All the crumbs I saved for you.
   Don't be frightened—here's a treat:
   I will wait and see you eat.
3. Shocking tales I hear of you;
   Chirp, and tell me, are they true?
   Robbing all the summer long;
   Don't you think it very wrong?
4. Thomas says you steal his wheat;
   John complains, his plums you eat—
   Choose the ripest for your share,
   Never asking whose they are.
5. But I will not try to know
   What you did so long ago:
   There's your breakfast, eat away;
   Come to see me every day.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

2-28 Word Card Lesson XXVIII: Sam and Harry. - McGuffey's Second Eclectic Reader (revised edition)





1. One fine summer afternoon, Sam was walking home from school. He went along slowly, reading a book.
2. Sam had spent all his money for the book, but he was a happy boy.
3. At length he came into the highroad, where there was a gate. A blind man stood, holding it open.
4. The poor man said, "Please give me a few cents to buy some bread!" But Sam gave him nothing.
5. What! did Sam give the poor blind man nothing? Yes; for, as I told you, he had spent all his money.
6. So Sam walked on, very sad. Soon after, a fine carriage came up, and in it were Harry and his mother.
7. The blind man stood, and held out his hat. "Let us give the poor man something," said Harry to his mother.
8. His mother gave him some cents. Harry took them, but did not put them into the man's hat.
9. He threw them into the hedge as far as he could. The poor man could not find them, for, you know, he was blind.
10. Sam had turned back to look at the fine carriage. He saw Harry throw the cents into the hedge; so he came back at once, and looked for the money until he found it all for the blind man.
11. This took so long a time, that he almost lost his supper.
12. Which of the boys do you think was truly kind to the poor man?
13. I know which he thanked most in his heart.

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