Syllabic spelling, or A summary method of teaching children to read

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Page 2 - ... dunce. O in the exclamation Oh ! is happily called by its alphabetical name, but in to we can hardly know it again, and in morning and wonder it has a third and a fourth additional sound. The amphibious letter, y, which is either a vowel or a consonant, has one sound in one character, and two sounds in the other ; as a consonant, it is pronounced aa in yesterday; in try, it is sounded as i; in any, in the termination of many other words, it is sounded like e.
Page xix - Conversations on English Grammar, in a Series of Familiar Dialogues between a Mother and her Daughter; in which are introduced the various Rules of Grammar, and explained in a manner calculated to excite the attention of Children, and at the same time to convey to their minds clear and comprehensive ideas of the general principles of Language. A small work to be entitled, The Mental Calculator, a Compendium of...
Page 2 - ... the termination of many other words, it is sounded like e. Must a child know all this by intuition, or must it be whipt into him ? But he must know a great deal more, before he can read the most common words. What length of time should we allow him for learning, when c is to be sounded like k, and when like s ? and how much longer time shall we add for learning, when...
Page 3 - ... been taught to call it ? How much time shall we allow a patient tutor for teaching a docile pupil, when g is to be sounded soft and when hard ? There are many carefully worded rules in the spelling-books, specifying before what letters, and in what situations, g shall vary in sound ; but unfortunately these rules are difficult to be learned by heart, and Still more difficult to understand. These laws, however positive, are not found to be of universal application, or at least a child has not...
Page 3 - ... sh, as in sure ; or z as in has ; the sound of which last letter z he cannot by any conjuration obtain from the name zed, the only name by which he has been taught to call it...
Page 2 - , as we call it in the alphabet, but in fir it is changed; in pin it is changed again; so that the child, being ordered to affix to the same sign a variety of sounds and names, and not knowing in what circumstances to obey and in what to disregard the contradictory injunctions imposed upon him, he pronounces sounds at hazard, and adheres positively to the last ruled case, or maintains an apparently sullen, or truly philosophic and skeptical silence.
Page i - O Lud, yes, sir! the number of those who undergo the fatigue of judging for themselves is very small indeed.
Page 2 - Must c in pen, and e in where, and e in her, and e in fear, all be called e alike? The child is patted on the head for reading u as it ought to be pronounced in future; but if, remembering this encouragement, the pupil should venture to pronounce 1t in </un and bun in the same manner, he will inevitably be disgraced.
Page 3 - The step from reading with these marks to reading ' without them, will be found very easy. Nothing more is necessary than to give children the same books, without marks, which they can read fluently with them. Spelling comes next to reading. New trials for the temper; new perils for the understanding; positive rules and arbitrary exceptions ; endless examples and contradictions ; till at length, out of all patience with the stupid docility of his pupil, the 'tutor perceives the absolute necessity...
Page 3 - ... difficult to understand. These laws, however positive, are not found to be of universal application, or at least a child has not always wit or time to apply them upon the spur of the occasion. In coming to- the words good gentleman, get an ingenious grammar, he may be puzzled by the nice distinctions he is to make in pronunciation in cases apparently similar : but he has not yet become acquainted with all the powers of this privileged letter ; in company with...

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