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DR M'CULLOCH'S EDUCATIONAL WORKS, Published by OLIVER AND BOYD, Edinburgh; Simpkin, Marshall, and Co., London.
A valuable series of works has been prepared by Dr M'CULLOCH, formerly Head Master of the Circus-Place School, Edinburgh, now Minister of the West Church, Greenock, for the use of schools where the general mental culture of the pupil, as well as his proficiency in the art of reading, is studiously and systematically aimed at.
They form, collectively, a progressional Series, so constructed and graduated as to conduct the pupil, by regular stages, from the elementary sounds of the language to its highest and most complex forms of speech; and each separate Book is also progressively arranged,-the lessons which are more easily read and understood always taking the lead, and preparing the way for those of greater difficulty.
The subject-matter of the Books is purposely miscellaneous. Yet it is always of a character to excite the interest and enlarge the knowledge of the reader. And with the design of more effectually promoting his mental growth and nurture, the various topics are introduced in an order conformable to that in which the chief faculties of the juvenile mind are usually developed.
That the moral feelings of the pupil may not be without their proper stimulus and nutriment, the lessons are pervaded throughout by the religious and Christian element.
THIRD READING-BOOK, 37th Edition, .
The Publishers confidently invite the atte of these Works, in the belief that, after the now been revised and improved by the Aut adapted to the present advanced state of E
The First and Second Reading-Books consist, as before, of lessons on the elementary sounds of the language; but they have been enlarged for the purpose of introducing additional exercises, and thereby facilitating the acquirement of the first elements of reading.
The Third Reading-Book has undergone some changes both in its contents and in their arrangement, in order to render the lessons at once more interesting in themselves and more gradational in their sequence.
The Fourth Reading-Book (only recently published) supplies a gap, previously existing between the THIRD BOOK and the SERIES OF LESSONS. Being intended for the use of the pupil at a stage of his progress when he needs to be exercised chiefly in reading, without having his attention constantly distracted by questions on the import of what he reads, it contains only such lessons as are level to his unaided understanding,-Fables, Tales, Allegories, and other compositions of a character at once interesting and self-interpreting. A Synopsis of Spelling is appended.
The Series of Lessons comes next in order; and in the New Edition it has been not only revised and corrected, but to a considerable extent recast. Obsolete lessons have been cancelled; those which are retained have been amended; and new ones have been introduced of a nature and style adapted to the educational requirements of the day. The whole contents, moreover, are so graduated in respect both of expression and of thought as to form an appropriate sequel to the FOURTH BOOK, and a suitable introduction to the COURSE OF ELEMENTARY READING IN SCIENCE AND LITERATURE.
In the New Edition of this last-named work-The Course-the changes introduced, for the purpose of bringing it into harmony with the progress of knowledge and the altered conditions of education, are on so extensive a scale that they amount to little short of an entire reconstruction of the work. As before, however, the greater part of the book consists of lessons on Natural History, the Physical Sciences, Geography and Astronomy, and the Christian Religion; though on most, if not all, of these lessons material changes have been made, in order to render them at once more consecutive and more comprehensive. Among the subjects introduced for the first time are a series of lessons on Electricity and the Electric Telegraph, on Language and Literature, and on the Phenomena of Industrial Life (such as Prices, Wages, Strikes, etc.) The Miscellaneous Lessons have been remodelled, so as to supply a greater amount and variety of interesting and agreeable reading. And in the Poetical department, specimens are given, in chronological order, of all our great poets from Spenser to Tennyson, along with examples of the manner in which the same subject is handled by different poets. A Vocabulary of Scientific Terms has been added for the use both of teachers and of pupils.
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