A spelling and reading book, upon new principles, Volume 1

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Page 133 - The air was sweet and plaintive, and the words literally translated were these :— ' The winds roared, and the rains fell; the poor white man, faint and weary, came and sat under our tree ; he has no mother to briiig him milk, no wife to grind his corn.
Page iv - 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...
Page v - ... it assumes the character of/, as in tough: the next time he meets it perhaps in the same company, in the same place, and as nearly as possible in the same circumstances, as in the word though; but now g is to become a silent letter and is to pass incognito, and the child would commit an unpardonable error if he claimed the incognito as his late acquaintance...
Page v - The amphibious letter y, which is either a vowel or a consonant, has one sound in one character, and two sounds in the other; as a consonant, it is pronounced as in yesterday ; in try, it is sounded as i; in any, and in the termination of many other words, it is sounded like e. Must a child know all this by intuition, or must it be whipped into him ? But he must know a great deal more before he can read the most common words.
Page iv - In the first lesson of the spelling-book, the child begins with ab, makes ab ; ba makes ba. The inference, if any general inference can be drawn from this lesson, is, that when a comes before b, it has one sound, and after b, it has another sound ; but this is contradicted by and by, and it appears that a after b, has various sounds, as in ball, in bat, in bare . The letter i mJire, is z, as we call it in the alphabet, but in fir, it is changed ; in...
Page v - There are many carefully worded rules in the spelling-books, specifying before what letters, and in what situations, g shall vary in sound, but unfortunately these rules are difficult to be learned by heart, and still more difficult to understand. These laws, however positive, are not found to be of universal application, or at least a child has not always wit or time to apply them upon the spur of the occasion. In coming to- the words good gentleman, get an ingenious grammar, he may be puzzled by...
Page 26 - In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.
Page iv - ', as we call it in the alphabet, but in fir it is changed, in pin it is changed again ; so that the child, being ordered to affix to the same sign a variety of sounds, and names, and not knowing in what circumstances to obey, and in what to disregard the contradictory injunctions imposed upon him, he pronounces sounds at hazard, and adheres positively to the last ruled case, or maintains an apparently sullen, or truly philosophic and sceptical silence.
Page iv - The letter i in fire, is t as we call it in the alphabet, but in fir it is changed, in. pin it is changed again ; so that . the child being ordered to affix to the same sign a variety of sounds and names, and not knowing in what circumstances to obey, and in what to disregard the contradictory injunctions imposed upon him, he pronounces sounds at hazard, and adheres positively to the...
Page 75 - He will also forgive our trespasses ; but if we forgive not men their trespasses, neither will our Heavenly Father forgive our trespasses.

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