Practical Education, Volume 1

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Page 63 - 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 u in gun and bun in the same manner, he will inevitably be disgraced. Pain and shame impress precepts upon the mind, the child therefore is intent upon remembering the new sound of...
Page 62 - 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 77 - ... 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 63 - Oh! is happily called by its alphabetical name, but in to we can lianlly know it n'_':iin, and in morning and wonder it has a third and a fourth additional sound. 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...
Page 269 - 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 277 - ... gooseberries without feeling ill in consequence of his disobedience, he will doubt the truth of the person who prohibited unripe fruit ; he will rather trust his own partial experience than any assertions. The idea of hurting his health is a general idea, which he does not yet comprehend. It is more prudent to keep him oat of the way of unripe gooseberries than to hazard at once his obedience and his integrity.
Page 326 - TEACHING A COW. A gentleman riding near his own house in Ireland, saw a cow's head and fore feet appear at the top of a ditch, through a gap in the hedge on the road side ; he heard a voice alternately threatening and encouraging the cow ; he was induced to ride up close to the scene of action, when he saw a boy's head appear behind the cow. " My good boy," said he,
Page 170 - ... 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 xii - E. and the rest of the book by his daughter Maria E. • She was encouraged and enabled to write upon this important subject, by having for many years before her eyes the...
Page 329 - Look again ; look at the fame boy in the company of thofe who infp'ire no terror ; in the company of his fchoolfellows, of his friends, of his parents ; would you know him to be the fame being? his countenance is open, his attitude...

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