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'If parents could be persuaded to give due encouragement, their little children would undoubtedly be furnished with better books, and better teachers. And if they would rightly consider the matter; if they would consider how much the good of their own families, as well as that of society in general, depends on the education of their little children, they would certainly pay more attention to it. They would endeavour to employ suitable persons for teachers, and allow them a compensation more adequate to the employment.
The first impressions on the mind, are those which last longest; They grow with our growth, and strengthen with our strength. Of how much importance is it then, that the first impressions be good! Ages of experience have confirmed what was divinely said-Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it. These are truths which no one pretends to deny; yet, how little are they regarded! We who are parents ought to consider, that when we are old, we shall want a friend: and do we not know that the affections of our children will be more grateful to us, than gold can be to the miser? We have it now in our power to secure to ourselves their affections: But if we neglect them-if we neglect our children now while they are young, we have nothing to expect but the like treatment from them when we are old. As, therefore, we prize our own happiness; as we regard the welfare of society; as we love our children, lot us attend to their instruction.
LESSON 1. FIRST
1. Now George we expect you know all the letters and can spell. Now you must learn to read.
A good boy will sit still, and mind his book.
2. What is your name? My name is George. How old are you? Four years Do you go to school? Can you read? Yes, sir, a little.
3. George, can you count twenty? Yes, sir. Öne, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, e-lev-en, twelve, thir-teen, four-teen, fif-teen, six-teen, seven-teen, eigh-teen, nine-teen, twen-ty.
4. George, do you know who made you? Yes, sir; God made me, and takes care of me. He loves good boys and good girls, and we must love him. God is very good to take care of us.
5. When you go to bed you should pray to God; and when you get up do the
same. If you have done a fault, confess it, and take care to do so no more.
6. Please to give me my hat. Please to give me a drink. Please to let me go out. Where is my whip? Where is my horse?
Here is your horse, you may ride him totown,
7. A good boy and a good girl will get good things. All the boys will love them, and God will bless them. Good boys mind their books.
8. As the mind of a child is like soft wax, which will take the least stamp you put on it, so let it be your care, who teach, to make the stamp good, that the wax be not hurt. Teach him to love God, and to obey his parents.
LESSON II. SECOND.
1. A good boy will do as he is bid; he will mind his book and try to learn. Who is a good boy? Charles is a good boy; and so is George.
2. If you are a good boy like Charles, and try to learn, you shall have a top. And you may spin your top. Bad boys shall have no tops.
3. If you are good, all the boys will love you and play with you; but if you are not good,the boys will not love you.
4. Here is a nut. Crack this nut for Charles. If you will be good, you shall have nuts to crack. Do you like nuts? Yes, sir. Nuts are very good.
5. Here is a plum for you. Who will have this plum? Charles shall have it, for he sits still, and inakes no noise. Charles is a good boy.
6. Did you see that boy run? He lost his hat; pick up his hat. Give the poor boy his hat. Here boy! take your hat.
7. The child fell down and hurt his arm. Poor child, do not cry, do not cry; you shall have some cake. Give the child some cake.
LESSON III. THIRD.
1. Charles is now four years old; he goes to school and learns to read. Charles is a good boy. Who is a good girl? Ann is a good girl.
2. Ann goes to school and learns to read. Good girls mind their books. Good girls and good boys shall have good things.
3. Charles shall have a kite; and he may fly his kite. Ann shall have a doll: