Pathway Readers

Pathway Publishers has issued thirteen readers in the Pathway Readers series.  These readers are designed to take a student from kindergarten through eighth grade. There are also optional workbooks and teachers manual for all of these readers. To purchase these readers please click on Pathway Readers.

The thirteen titles in this series are as follows:

Kindergarten and First Grade:

• First Steps
• Days Go By
• More Days Go By

Second Grade:
• Busy Times
• More Busy Times
• Climbing Higher

Third Grade:
• New Friends
• More New Friends

Fourth Grade:
• Building Our Lives

Fifth Grade:
• Living Together

Sixth Grade:
• Step by Step

Seventh Grade:
• Seeking True Values

Eight Grade:
• Our Heritage

These readers can be purchased individually or as a set (with a discount).  Also they can be purchased with or without the workbooks and teacher’s manuals.  To purchase these readers or to look at them in more detail, simply click on Pathway Readers

Excerpts from a Pathway Reader:

The Pathway Reader for Seventh Grade is entitled Seeking True Values. It not only contains poems and short stories written by various Amish writers, but also works written by well-known literary figures, such as Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, John Bunyan, Samuel Pepys, Leo Tolstoy, and Henry Van Dyke.  The following poem from this reading book was written by John Greenleaf Whittier:

                  The Bible

We search the world for truth. We cull

The good, the true, the beautiful,

From graven stone and written scroll,

And all old flower fields of the soul;

And, weary seekers of the best,

We come back laden from our quest,

To find that all the sages said

Is in the Book our mothers read.

The following excerpt is from the story, “Horses in the Barley.” The story is about an incident that occurred in 1759 in Waldeck, Germany. The French army had just defeated the Prussian forces, and was still stationed in the area—a region in which several Amish congregations were located.

 Michael Guengerich turned away from the small house and walked briskly toward the road. The morning sun turned the dew on the grass about his feet into a million sparkling diamonds. A soft summer breeze cooled his tanned face and put vigor into his steps. The barley field to this right was an object of simple beauty; just turning a golden yellow, it rippled smoothly before him like the gentle waves of the sea.

 A deep sense of contentment filled Michael as he walked—he was at peace with the world an at peace with himself. He felt rewarded just to be alive, just to see the fruitful fields, the chirping songbirds, the lazy vultures circling overhead, and to fell on his broad back the warming rays of the climbing sun.

 The three miles to Bereleburg would not be a tiring walk for Michael. He was pondering over the verse he had read in the Bible the evening before—“And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also. And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.” In his mind he went over the passage again and again. …