Practical Education, Volume 1

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Page 50 - As it is usually managed, it is a dreadful task indeed to learn, and if possible a more dreadful task to teach to read. With the help of counters and coaxing, and gingerbread, or by dint of reiterated pain and terror, the names of the four and twenty letters of the alphabet are, perhaps, in the course of some weeks, firmly fixed in the pupil's memory.
Page 51 - O in the exclamation Oh ! is happily called by its alphabetical name, but in to we can hardly know it again, and in morning and wonder it has a third and a fourth additional sound. The amphibious letter y, which is either...
Page 67 - ... them to spell some of the words which they have just seen; by these means, and by repeating at different times in the day those words which are most frequently wanted, his vocabulary will be pretty well stocked without its having cost him many tears. We should observe that children learn to spell more by the eye than by the ear ; and that the more they read and write, the more likely they will be to remember the combination of letters in words which they have continually before their eyes, or...
Page 255 - Whenever we defire a child to do any thing, we fhould be perfectly certain, not only that it is a thing which he is capable of doing ; but alfo, that it is fomething we can, in cafe it comes to that ultimate argument, force him to do, You cannot oblige a child to ftand up, if he has a mind to fit down ; or to walk, if he...
Page 51 - Must c in pen, and e in where, and e in her, and e in fear, all be called e alike? The child is patted on the head for reading u as it ought to be pronounced in future; but if, remembering this encouragement, the pupil should venture to pronounce 1t in </un and bun in the same manner, he will inevitably be disgraced.
Page 107 - As soon as they got home, they sat down, with their elbows upon their knees, and hid their faces between their hands. The only words they could be brought to utter were: 'Too much smoke — too much noise — too much houses — too much men — too much every thing.
Page 158 - ... got the hounds out of the kennel, and away they went into the field. After the fatigues of hunting, he refreshed himself by rubbing down...
Page 311 - I'll teach ye to make mifchief through the country ! So I will. Have ye got no better fenfe and manners at this time o'day, then to behave, when one trufts ye abroad, fo like an innocent?
Page 118 - It is impossible to explain this subject so as to be of use, without descending to minute particulars. When a mother says to her little daughter, as she places on the table before her a bunch of ripe cherries, " Tell me, my " dear, how many cherries are there, and I " will give them to you ?" — the child's attention is fixed instantly ; there is a sufficient motive ; not a motive which excites any violent passions, but which raises just such a degree of hope as is necessary to produce attention....

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