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DICTATION DAY BY DAY

A MODERN SPELLER

THE MACMILLAN COMPANY
NEW YORK · BOSTON · CHICAGO

ATLANTA • SAN FRANCISCO

MACMILLAN & CO., LIMITED
LONDON · BOMBAY · CALCUTTA

MELBOURNE
THE MACMILLAN CO. OF CANADA, LTD.

TORONTO

The Schori compartine of the City of Rostom

ADMINISTRATION LIBRARY

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DICTATION DAY BY DAY

A MODERN SPELLER

Fifth Year

BY

KATE VAN WAGENEN
PRINCIPAL PUBLIC School No. 2, BOROUGH OF THE BRONX

NEW YORK CITY

New York
THE MACMILLAN COMPANY

1909

All rights reserved

HARVARD COLLEGE LIBRARY

GIFT OF
BOSTON SCHOOL COMMITTEE LIBRARY

JUL 21 1939

COPYRIGHT, 1909,
BY THE MACMILLAN COMPANY.

Set up and electrotyped. Published April, 1909.

Reprinted August, 1909

PREFACE

DICTATION DAY BY Day is published with the hope that it may appeal to the teacher of the average child. A careful supervision of the work of little children has led the writer to believe that too much is often attempted during the first few years of a child's life. In the large cities, the standard cannot be what a few children, under exceptional circumstances, are able to accomplish, but what the child of ordinary capacity is able to master. Therefore the first principle of these books is absolute Simplicity. A second principle that finds expression here is Repetition. All small, troublesome words — the bane of composition work — are repeated again and again, in every grade of the series.

In these books, the unnatural arrangement of columns of words is reduced to a minimum. The old-fashioned method of teaching children to read, by compelling them to learn lists of words, is happily abolished, and the day is not far distant when a similar method of teaching spelling will also be relegated to the “Land of Forgotten Things."

Thanks are due the following authors and publishers for permission to use copyrighted material : To Harper Brothers for the selections from Margaret Sangster's

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