In 1835, a small Cincinnati publishing firm
asked McGuffey to create a series
of four graded readers for primary-level students. McGuffey's Readers were
among the first textbooks in the United States designed to become progressively
more challenging with each volume. They used word repetition in the text as a
learning tool, developing reading skills through challenging students
using the books.
Sounding-out, enunciation and accents were emphasized. Colonial-era texts
had offered dull lists of 20 to 100 new words per page for memorization.
In contrast, McGuffey used new vocabulary words in the context of real
literature, gradually introducing new words and carefully repeating the old.
McGuffey's readers became part of America's heritage.
This heritage combined with new technology makes teaching and learning
at home intuitive and accelerating.