A key to reading, designed to assist parents and teachers to superintend lessons for youth

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Страница 11 - In the second place, when proper books are put into the hands of the scholars, every article, which they read, may be made the means, not only of forming in their youthful minds the invaluable habit of attention, but also of communicating to them, along with facility in the art of reading, much information, which is both adapted to their present age, and may be of use to them the rest of their lives.
Страница 54 - In teaching a language, it is the universal practice to begin with grammar, and to do every thing by rules. I affirm this to be a most preposterous method. Grammar is contrived for men, not for children. Its natural place is between language and logic: it ought to clo3e lectures on the former, and to be the first lectures on the latter.
Страница 17 - This I think will be agreed to, that if a gentleman be to study any language, it ought to be that of his own country, that he may understand the language which he has constant use of with the utmost accuracy.
Страница 54 - ... impatience of infancy to contend with. But then there is for the teacher the great advantage of a combination of simple elements, which may diversify the subject without dividing the attention. If I say that any subject will do for the purpose, I mean this to be understood literally. Not only there is not one of the little incidents in the life of a child, in his amusements and recreations, in...
Страница 16 - Thy heavenly notes, like angels' music, cheer Departing souls, and sooth the dying ear. An aged peasant, on his latest bed, Wish'd for a friend some godly book to read ; The pious grandson thy known handle takes, And (eyes lift up) this savoury lecture makes :
Страница 14 - Then examine in like manner the meaning of the syllable cede, and having shown that in composition it generally signifies to go, demand the signification of its various compounds precede, proceed, succeed, accede, recede, exceed, intercede. The pupil will in this manner acquire not only a much more distinct and lasting impression of the signification of the word in question, but a key also to a vast variety of other words in the language. This too he will do far more pleasingly 'and satisfactorily...
Страница 54 - ... be familiarized with the habit of thinking on what he sees, and speaking after he has thought. The mode of doing this is not by any means to talk much to a child, but to enter into conversation with a child...
Страница 12 - Commentaries in a grammar school, the pupil's sole attention should be directed to the manner in which the Gallic war was conducted. A very little reflection, however, should be sufficient to show, how erroneous such a practice would be in either case. The passages gone over in school must of course be very few and limited, and the direct information communicated through them extremely scanty. The skill of the. instructor must therefore be exhibited, not merely in enabling the pupil to understand...
Страница 10 - ... contained in every individual passage which is read ; and, above all, thirdly, to give the pupil, by means of a minute analysis of each passage, a general command of his own language.
Страница 13 - Thus, for example, if in any lesson the scholar read of one having " done an unprecedented act," it might be quite sufficient for understanding the meaning of that single passage, to tell him that " no other person had ever done the like ;" but this would by no means fully accomplish the object we have in view. The child would thus receive no clear notion of th,e word unprecedented...