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Messrs OLIVER AND BOYD are desirous of bringing under the notice of those interested in Education the Series of Elementary Works adapted to the requirements of the New Code, which they are in course of publishing. These are not hasty productions, but the result of much thought and care, and they have been prepared by Practical Men of eminence in their respective departments.
I. READING. The preparation of this Series has been undertaken by Mr JAMES COLVILLE, M.A., English Master, Glasgow Academy; formerly English Master in George Watson's College-Schools, Lauriston, Edinburgh, one of the Educational Institutions of the Merchant Company.
In the PRIMER the vowel sounds are presented in an easy and natural manner, being in every case exemplified by real words rather than by arbitrary syllables, and arranged in Rhyming Groups. The lessons are composed of sentences woven into Narratives, and Hieroglyphic Lessons have been introduced for the purpose of making the work of revisal more varied and interesting.
In the FIRST BOOK the narrative form has been preserved throughout, and the lessons, while incidentally supplying considerable information, are mainly intended to enable the child to overcome the mechanical difficulties of reading. They have therefore been made as light and attractive as possible; many Elliptical, and, as a new feature, several Alliterative and Hieroglyphic, lessons have been constructed. Easy lessons are also given in Script for the reading and writing of Manuscript.
In the SECOND BOOK a variety of interesting matter has been simplified by the syllabification of difficult words and the grouping together of common affixes. A novel feature is the introduction of lessons on the Tenses of Verbs. Useful information is imparted on common objects and animals, with lessons inculcating duty and honour. In Dictation a large proportion of the matter is shown in Script; while the Exercises appended to these, direct increased attention to the subjects presented, and furnish plenty of school-work.
In the THIRD BOOK, as the child will now have acquired considerable fluency in easy reading, a varied selection has been
BEING A COLLECTION OF HUMOROUS PIECES,
CHIEFLY FROM THE FRENCH, TRANSLATED INTO ENGLISH
FOR THIS WORK, AND PROGRESSIVELY
ARRANGED, WITH NOTES.
For the Use of Schools and pribate Students.
CHARLES HENRI SCHNEIDER, M.C.P., F.E.I.S.
SENIOR FRENCH MASTER IN THE EDINBURGH HIGH SCHOOL, THE MERCHANT
COMPANY'S EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION FOR YOUNG LADIES,
EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTE OF SCOTLAND.
AND FROM THE AUTHOR.