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Thus he learns to use words, the weapons of
same words. the mind.
What is to be studied? What is study? The written word? Spoken word? The steps ?
RECITING THE STUDY,
THE child or class is called out to recite a study. It may be home. The recitation begins. The subject is home.
Teacher.-HOME. This is the subject of study. Robert, what do you know about it?
Child.--Home is the dearest spot on earth. The heart turns to it, wherever we may be.
Child.--Home. Heh, o, em, e, (spelling it,) a cover; the place where one lives.
Teacher.-Is home a dear place?
Thus, the recitation goes on till the study is ended. It is a pleasing talk, and cannot fail to bring light to the young mind.
How are the lessons to be said ?
SE V ENTH
NAMES OF THINGS.
THINGS are about us every where. Their names are common and well known. They were the first words that we gathered up in childhood. What is a name?
A name is what we call any thing by. Tree is a name, for we call a certain thing by it. (See Sentential Reader.)
The child first gathered up the names of things. It
learned the names, pa, papa, ma, mamma, dog, and could call them. So our knowledge of words began. So let our study of words begin-begin with the NAMES OF THINGS.
But with what things ? Those of childhood. We begin with the names of the things of home, and go forth to the wide, wide world. We end with GOD.
What is a name? Do we begin to learn words with names ?
E I G H TH STUDY.
THINGS, in some form or other, are ever with us. When we speak, or write, words are their signs.
Words and things go together. Words are of no use, unless we know the things for which they stand; and things have little interest for us, unless we have words to make known what we know and feel about them.
Things are greater than words. Words wait upon them. This being so, we wisely make them points of interest around which we gather groups of words. They should be made as full of interest as they can be, so that we may not soon forget the words which belong to them. The THING should be held up before the mind till its image is fixed upon the heart. Then its WORDS will abide in our memory.
What do you know about things and words?
HOME is the NURSERY of life. Here, our first hopes were born. And here, in scenes full of sweetness, we began to speak and gather up our first words. Here let us return and begin their study, for home is always dear.
“How dear to this heart are the scenes of my childhood,
When fond recollection recalls them to view;
S. WOODWORTH. Repeat what is said about home.
HOME is the dearest spot on eartn. The heart turns to it, wherever we may be.
OUTHOUSES are a very useful kind of buildings. They belong to every fine home in the country. Neat outhouses adorn a place.
What is said about outhouses?
THERE are many kinds of houses in which man dwells. They range from the Indian wigwam to the royal palace.
"A straw-roofed cabin with a lowly wall,
Repeat what is said of kinds of houses.
Hur, a small cover; a small poor HALL, a tent; a large house where place to live in.
courts of justice meet; also a noble Have the Irish huts?
dwelling-house. HOVEL, an open house, or cave; a
Is the hall a noble house? rude house to live in.
CASTLE, a closed place of defense; a Is a hovel low?
fortified house, or princely buildCor, something cut off for a cover; a ing. very small, rude house.
Are there many castles in Eng- . Do poor people live in cots ?
land? COTTAGE, a cover to live in; a small CHURCH, the Lord's house; a house in house in which the
which God is worshipped. Are cottages pretty?
Is the church holy?
T W E L F T H S T U DY.
GROUPS OF HOUSES.
Man is a social being. He likes to be near his fellowman, and builds near him. Social homes arise, villages, towns and cities.
“Sweet Auburn, loveliest village of the plain,
GOLDSMITH. Repeat what is said about groups of houses.
SAMLET, a little house; a small num-
Is the hamlet small ?
of houses larger than a village.
Is the town noisy? BOROUGH, a closed place; a town having its own rulers.
Is the borough larger
PARTS OF A HOUSE.
THE house has many parts; and all its parts have their
The names of these form a fine group of words
“Through that door
Repeat what is said about parts of the house.