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The best mode of instruction is to practice what we teach.
SECOND BOOK OF SPELLING AND READING.
PRACTICAL HINTS TO TEACHERS. It has often and justly been observed, that very few persons read well. To read simply and naturally, with animation and expression, is indeed a high and rare attainment. To obtain a correct pronunciation, a proper tone of voice, and the right inflections, such as will convey clearly to the minds of those who listen the real sentiments and ideas which the writer intended should be conveyed, is a degree of perfection in the art of reading that few, very few, ever arrive at.
Besides, what is by many called good reading, is far from it. We mean that which calls the attention of the listener from the subject of the discourse, to the supposed taste and skill in pronouncing it. As the best window is that through which the light passes most freely, and affords the most natural view of the landscape without, so is he the best reader who brings before us the mind of the author, unencumbered by the tints and tracery of his own style and manner. Still, it must be remembered that with most persons reading is AN ART. The best readers are those who have most diligently studied their art; and yet studied it so well that you can scarcely perceive that they have studied it at all. You so thoroughly understand, and so sensibly feel the force of what they read, that you never think how they are saying it.
- It is during the early training of children that the greatest fault in teaching reading prevails. Bad habits then formed are exceedingly difficult to get rid of. But as teachers will not only have scholars who have not been taught at all, but those who have been taught badly, the inquiry naturally arises, “How can we make good readers of those who now read badly, as well as those who cannot read at all ?” In reply we give a few rules, which, if observed, will be of much service in suggesting modes of teaching reading successfully.
Be sure that the pupil thoroughly understands what he reads. Probably there can be no one direction given, which is of more importance, especially in teaching children, than this. Attention to it will sweep away those unmeaning combinations before alluded to, such as “blo, blu, dac, hec," and all the rest of this unsuitable tribe, found in nearly every Spelling-book. It is in reading these that a habit is formed of separating the sight and sound of words from the sense; and this habit, once formed, clings to the mind long after the years of childhood have passed away.
Remember that the tones and emphasis which we use in conversation are those which form the basis of GOOD ELOCUTION. Children should therefore be instructed to read as they talk'; particularly in regard to emphasis and inflection. But there are some children who talk so badly that they can scarcely be understood. This is owing to defects in articulation. To remove this habit, we know of no better way than thorough drilling in uttering the elementary sounds of the language. This may be practised, at first, by the class in concert, then by each pupil singly.
One ill example spoils many good precepts.