Teaching to Read

Teaching to Read

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1909 edition. Excerpt: ... the letters and their sounds and powers should not remain abstractions to the child, and certainly they cannot continue to be unrelated. The letters should always be spoken of, to the children, as if they had personality. They should be represented as saying something, as speaking alone, as singing duets with other letters, or as keeping silence to listen to their other little comrades in the words, when they are not expected to speak themselves. This simple practice invests the letters with a real personal power, and arouses a.vital interest in them on the part of the children. ' It adds to the interest, and aids in a natural classification of the letters to speak regularly to the children of the vowels as "girls," and of the consonants as "boys." The words " vowels " and " consonants " should of course not be used, but to have both " girl" letters and " boy " letters makes the personation more complete and more real, and prepares the way, lays the apperceptivr basis, for a logical classification of the letters later. It adds greatly to the interest of the child in any subject to attribute personal power to inanimate things. The child's imagination continually associates the idea of life with inanimate things. A piece of stick readily becomes a mamma who tells endless stories to her stick children. A collection of sticks, or pins, or buttons, or even of marks in a row, will form an army of the bravest soldiers. The child's imagination vitalizes everything it touches with life. The child creates his own environment, and sphere, and experiences, if he has favorable conditions, and if his child life is understood and reverenced by the adults with whom he lives. Too often the real child life is dwarfed by the interference of meddlesome adulthood....
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  • Paperback | 36 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236663284
  • 9781236663283