Thursday, April 1, 2010

Another Great Find

Stepping Stones to Literature by Sarah Louise Arnold and Charles B. Gilbert

I stumbled upon this book at the antique mall that has a copyright of 1902 (the original was 1897).  I told you I love old books!  It's loaded with quality lessons and says something I find interesting in the preface: "It is believed that the mastery of the new word is most easily achieved when the word is studied as it occurs in the text rather than apart from it."  So, it gives words for study after each reading.  I like this because the lessons put words into context before introducing them as words for study, giving them meaning, which ultimately helps children to understand them better, and probably remember them better.  I'm thinking of using this in conjunction with our Spectrum Spelling book.  We'll see.  I'm just happy to have found such great books!

1 comment:

  1. How cool is that!! I love using these older books. They were used when life was simpler, and we're trying to get back to that kind of life. And, as a bonus, I don't have to buy a LA program unless I want to. Or I can buy the spectrum workbooks cheap, and throw a page in every now and then.