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From H. F. Wilcox, Prin. of Select School, Newark, N. J. Nov. 22d. 1841.
Mr. C. W. SANDERS, Dear Sir,--From personal converse with nearly half a hundred PractiCAL TEACHERS" I have heard but one opinion respecting your " Series of School Books”-all say they are good-and many unhesitatingly pronounce them (particularly the Spelling Book and Primer) the best before the AMERICAN PUBLIC. As I have recently submitted them to my own classes (by the way the best of all ordeals for School Books) I now feel confident to give them a hearty approval. Their chief excellences are.
1st. Uniformity in Orthography and Orthoepy.
2d. The introduction of a Standard Series"-a thing greatly desired by Parents and Teachers, and much needed by the Youth of a whole nation.
3d. A comprehensive chapter in the Spelling Book on the elementary prin. ciples of our language-a part of Education now much neglected—though I hope soon to be revived. The classification of words according to their syllabication, accent, termination, synonymous meaning, sounds of letters where ch sounds like k, or sh-like s, &c.-the whole being more complete than I have ever before seen in one volume.
4th. The progressive order of the Reading Lessons from easy familiar monosyllables to dissyllables, trisyllables and more extended composition thus aiding a free and intelligent habit of Reading. Also their blending amusement with instruction and their obvious tendency to improve the life and heart of those for whom they are designed.
5th. Something might be said of the Type, Paper, Binding &c., though these will speak for themselves. Very respectfully yours.
Á. F. WILCOX. Mr. C. W. SANDERS, Sir,-I perfectly coincide with Mr. Wilcox, in the above written opinion respecting your " Series of School Books." Mr. W has justly remarked that they * blend amusement with instruction;" and while I am writing, some little boys near me are wholly absorbed in the perusal of these (as they style them) “real pretty books.”
The introduction of lessons in vocal music, and of simple popular tunes is also an admirable feature of your plan; inasmuch as the harmony of sounds is naturally calculated to cause the sometimes harsh and jarring feelings of children to flow together and mingle in sweetest concord.
A.N. DOUGHERTY, Jr. Newark, N. J. Nov. 26th, 1841. From the Principal Teachers in Washington City, D. C. Washington,
December 19, 1840. I have examined the elementary school books published by Mr. Charles W. Sanders, and I consider them highly calculated not only to improve the youthful mind, but also to please. The reading lessons, in the Readers, are well selected, and calculated to improve the minds of juvenile readers, by being progressive; and also, so well chosen, as to produce a moral iníuence in the hearts of youth.
Principal Classical and English School. We fully coincide in opinion with Mr. Strahan, respecting - Mr. Sanders' series of school books."
Thomas M. Wilson, Principal Latin and English Academy, S. G. Bulfinch, Principal Central Classical School, C. Newell, Principal Third-street Classical Seininary, D. A. French, Principal Masonic Hall Academy, Charles H. Cragin, Principal Capitol Hill Academy, John E. Norris, Principal Classical and English Academy, Charles H. Nourse, Prin Classical and Math. Academy, N. R. Abbot, Prin. Georgetown Class. and Math. Acaderny, O. N. Stoddard, Principal Female Seminary, Capitol Hill. This Series of School Books have been recommended by the Principal Deputy Superintendents of Common Schools in this State, and generally adopted
AUTHOR OF SPELLING BOOK, SERIES OF SCHOOL READERS,
YOUNG CHOIR, SCHOOL SINGER, &2.
SCHOOL BOOK PUBLISHER,
THE NEW YORK
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ENTERED ac ording to Act of Congress, in the year 1840,
BY CHARLES W. SANDERS, in the Clerk' Office o' the District Court of the United States Mar
the Sou bern District of New York.
STEREOTYPED BY, T. B. SMITE,
74 FULTOX ST NEW YORK.
The approval, as evinced in the reception of the first number of the School Reader, is to the author a gratifying pledge, that his farther efforts in the completion of his proposed series, will be equally sustained and appreciated.
The gradual advance, both in style and matter, which characterizes the former, has been carefully studied in the present number.
It has been thought by some, that the only advantage, derived from the use of the shorter words, consists in their being easier in the combination of their letters. This, however, is a mistake; since, with the beginner, it is his most difficult task to apply the proper accent. But, in the use of monosyllables, there is not even a possibility of a mistake in this respect; so, as it regards other words, those, of the least number of syllables, will of course cause the leamer the least trouble, in giving them a ready and correct accent. Hence it will be seen, that there is an important advantage gained in the use of the shorter word, and one, which a longer word could not supply.
In reading, the habit of inattention to the subject, is, perhaps, the most cornmon fault among the younger classes in our schools. To obviate this evil, the author has endeavored not only to bring each subject within the comprehension of the most limited capacities, but also to render it at the same time, sufficiently winning and attractive to allure the mind of the learner to such a voluntary exertion, as shall readily enable him to answer any question, his teacher may think proper to ask.
From the interesting results which have already attended the use of music in our primary schools, and at the request of those especially entitled to his regard, the author has been induced to insert, at the close of the present work, such easy, familiar tunes as are well adapted to promote, to some extent, an earlier cultivation of so pleasing and useful à science.
New York, October, 1840,