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DIFFERENT ELEMENTARY BOOKS
USED IN THE
COMPILED AND ARRANGED BY THE
REV. FREDERIC IREMONGER, A.M. F.L.S.
LATE SECRETARY TO THE SOCIETY FOR THE
ST. PAUL'S CHURCH YARD, AND WATERLOO PLACE, PALL MALL.
IN the following Compilation the Editor begs to acknowledge the assistance afforded him by the Rev. W. Whitear, the Rev. T. Bowdler, and the Rev. C. Pilkington, who have been long actively and practically engaged in carrying into effect the excellent designs of the National Society for the Education of the Poor. The want of such a Manual has been strongly felt within their respective spheres of action, and many coadjutors in the same cause have expressed their conviction of the utility of a publication of this description, particularly for Schools in smaller towns and country villages.
It should be fully understood, that the work is intended for the use of Masters and Teachers only ; and it is admitted, that where the Visitors are constant in their attendance, and active in their exertions, the use of Printed Questions, for the Elementary Books, may be rendered unnecesary; still, however, it is to be feared that, in very many Schools, the admirable plan of questioning, so well calculated to call forth the
attention and understanding of the Children, and thereby to fix permanently in their minds the instruction imparted to them, is at present very defective. In some instances no questions are asked; in others, improper ones: and the object of the Editor is solely to supply the want of a Questioning Book, where, under such circumstances, it may be felt. The children should be asked the questions the first time with their books open; afterwards their recollection should be exercised by trying them with their books shut. It would also be a profitable employment, if the Teacher was frequently to examine his class, by the Questioning Book, in the ground already gone over: and this examination should be without previous reading at the time. Thus, when the Children are reading the 6th Chapter of St. Matthew, they should be asked questions out of the 5th, &c.
In order still to leave some room for the exercise of the Teacher's judgment, it will be observed, that where the answers are to be given from the words of the book which the Children are reading, they are not added in the present work; but merely where an explanation is required, and then they are to be learned by dictation from the mouth of the Teacher, in the same manner as the Catechism, or any other religious instruction. The Teacher should be satisfied, if the general sense is given, without being too particular as to the literal words.