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COMPLETE SERIES OF

HOME LESSON BOOKS

For use in Public Elementary Schools,

IN SIX BOOKS CORRESPONDING TO THE SIX STANDARDS OF

THE NEW CODE.

BOOK II. FOR STANDARD II.,
Containing lessons in Holy Scripture, Moral Poetry, Transcription,

Dictation, Arithmetic, and Spelling.

BY

ALFONZO GARDINER,

HEAD MASTER OF THE LINDLEY BOARD-SCHOOL (HUDDERSFIELD SCHOOL

BOARD).

Author of “ Acoustics, Light, and Heat," "Magnetism and

Electricity,” “Electricity," in Extra Subject Series, &c.

MANCHESTER :
JOHN HEYWOOD, 141 AND 143, DEANSGATE.

EDUCATIONAL DEPARTMENT, 141, DEANSGATE.

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PREFACE TO STANDARD II.

THE advice given in Book I. for Standard I., as to the manner of using the books, is in the main applicable to the whole series.

The Dictation Lesson on Tuesday is not meant to preclude the setting of other dictation lessons in school during the week. In the lower standards all dictation lessons should be prepared, and a few minutes in school devoted to learning a short piece every day, or a longer lesson set as a home task, regularly throughout the year, cannot fail to produce good results. As to the correction of dictation lessons, there is no plan so effective as the personal and individual examination of every slate by the teacher. With a large class and a long exercise this will be impossible, within a reasonable time ; but an active teacher, who carefully dictates three or four lines, a word or two at a time, will be quite able to allow a class of 50, five minutes to prepare the lesson, and have it " given out” and corrected in half an hour. After slates are examined the children should write every mistake again correctly; say, if under four mistakes, three times each ; if above that number, four or six times each. Mistakes should include badly formed letters, omitted stops, and want, or misuse of capitals, as well as bad spelling. IT IS STRONGLY ADVISED THAT TUESDAY'S LESSON BE WRITTEN ON PAPER. Half a leaf of an “Exercise Book” will do for two lessons, if the children have no book on purpose.

Occasionally Tuesday's Lesson may be used as a simple spelling lesson, and the class be examined orally on the hard words.

In his daily lessons in arithmetic the teacher should look at the kind of examples given for Home Lessons, and carefully prepare the class for anything new before they have it do at home. There will then be no reason for the common excuse, “ Please, sir, I couldn't do it; it was over hard."

As in Standard I., a great number of examples, marked thus (*), which have been given by Her Majesty's Inspectors in their examinations, are incorporated in the book,

HOME LESSONS.-STANDARD II.

FIRST WEEK.
Lesson 1.-Learn for Monday Morning.

FORGIVE YOUR ENEMIES.
The nob-lest wor-ship of the power above
Is to ex-tol and imi-tate His love:
Not to for-give our en-e-mies alone,
But use our boun-ty that they may be won.— Waller.
Love God with all your soul and strength,

With all your heart and mind;
And love your neigh-bour as yourself,

Be faithful, just, and kind.
OR ELSE LEARN Psalm XXIII., verses 1, 2, 3.

Lesson 2.–Tuesday Morning.–Dictation.

Write on Slate and Learn the hard words. The flax-plant bears a pretty blue flower, shaped like a little bell. Its leaves are small, nar-row, and point-ed. It grows to the height of two or three feet, and when in blos-som gives a blue hue to the fields. From the stem a thread is made, which is then wo-ven into lin-en cloth. Lin-seed oil is made from the seeds of this plant by squeez-ing them in a press : and, when ground in a mill. these seeds are made into a kind of cake for cat-tle to eat.

Lesson 3.-Wednesday Morning. Work | Write and these Sums.

Learn. (1) 85,300 +4,097 +70,079 +7,208 +630+ 17 x 1 = 7 8,704.

7 x 2 = 14 (2) Add five thousand and seventy-two ; 7 x 3 = thirty thousand and nine ; five hundred and twenty-eight; forty-seven ; six hundred and ninety ; and three thousand, four hundred.

(3) From ten thousand and seven take nine.

(4) From twenty-seven thousand and sixtythree take four thousand, five hundred and

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