Pathway Readers First Grade Set
Designed to be used in Amish classrooms, these basal readers are solidly wholesome, with none of the fantasy that is commonplace in both Christian and secular readers. If you are weary of the brashness that is evident in readers with contemporary story lines, you'll find these a refreshing alternative.
Here the children are expected to obey their parents, respect their teachers, ask forgiveness when they do wrong, and humbly submit to the discipline of those in authority! Yet they still enjoy life!!
Because the Amish don't use electricity, you won't find stories dealing with the latest in films, computers, or TVs. Instead, the stories are centered around farm life, with horse auctions, harvests, and LARGE families. We have compared these books to several home school basal readers and have found that they are more challenging in the lower grades and infinitely more interesting. With simple typesetting and a few black-and-white sketches, these hardback books are not splashy, but are lovely in their simplicity.
Please note: written decades ago, some of the discussion of consequences in these books may have an alarming sound when read in today’s context. As always, be prepared to discuss with your child any passages of concern.
Pages: 468 total
Copyright: 2004, 1975
Made In: USA
Workbooks included: No (We have not found them necessary.)
Awards and Endorsements:
2012 Practical Homeschooling Reader Awards First Place
These books have a lot of repetition of words which is helpful for emerging readers. The stories are okay, not a whole lot going on. Pictures are all black and white. My 6 year old will read these but she isn’t excited to do so. What I do really like is that several of the stories have a parent read section to start which introduces the story and then the kid takes over the reading after this. This gives a little more depth to the story but I am still not super excited about the content of the stories.
My daughter is 8 and has struggled with reading independently. By the end of the first book she was able to read by herself and tell me what she had read. The confidence from these books is priceless, she is reading on her own!
Bought these for my 6 year old. She has enjoyed listening and following along. And so does her 4 yr old brother. Simple, clean, easy to read and follow.
I enjoyed these books but my son did not. The material just wasn't that interesting for him but I thought they were clean, simple and innocent stories. It just wasn't a right fit for him but I would still recommend these books!
My son and I love reading these books. The first one was easy for him, but it gave him more confidence that he knew how to read. And now we are excited to keep reading and learn what happens to the characters in the story. Can't wait for the 2nd grade set!