THE NORTH AMERICAN A RIT H M E TIC. PART FIRST, POR YOUNG LEARNERS. BY FREDERICK EMERSON, BOYLSTON SCHOOL, BOSTOI. Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1838, by Frederick Emoruon, PREFACE. In a systematic course of general education, Arithmetic claime a place among the primary objects. Its elementary exercises, when rationally conducted, are adapted to the capacities of children at a very early age. Its influence on the character of children, in developing the reasoning faculties, and habituating the mind to investigation, is highly conducive to progress in every other branch of knowledge. Notwithstanding the obvious truth of this remark, the practice of postponing arithmetic till children arrive at the age of nine or ten years, still prevails in many of our schools, and calls for the attention of those whose influence may correct the error. The purpose of this manual is, to facilitate the instruction of the younger classes. It contains the first part of a course of Exercises in Arithmetic, which is published in three books, severally denominated, PART FIRST, PART SECOND, and PART THIRD. The method employed for illustrating the subject, it will be seen, is original and peculiar. PART First is confined to the simple elements, and it may be advantageously used as an introduction to the subsequent study of arithmetic from any larger book now in common use. Learners will, however, find the steps of progress to be most gradual easy, and certain, in passing from this book inmediately into Part Second. The lessons contained in Part First are all to be performed orally; the slate and pencil not being required. In the title-page pill be seen a drawing of an improved structure of the Abacus. It is a convenient apparatus for illustrating the combinations of numbers; although it need not be used in teaching from this oook: its use is superseded by cuts and unit marks. F. E. Boston, August 1, 1838. > This book is adopted in the Public Schools of the cities of Boston, Salem, Portland, Providence, New York, Philadelphia, and Louisville, by orders of the respective Boards of School ARITHMETIC. NUMERATION. Note to Teachers. The learners are to have their books open before them, while performing the lessons in Numeration. Do not omit any lesson Lesson First. I. · See this flock of black-birds : they have lighted upon the bars of a gate, and are all singing together. - Find how many there are on each separate bar. LESSON SECOND. II. Note to Teachers. In this lesson, the teacher may read the questions, and tho children give the answers; or, if the children can read with fluency, they may read the questions to each other, by turns; each one reading a question to be answered by the scholar next below him, and thus proceeding ibrough the class. This lesson should pass through the class several times at one recitation, until cach scholar has bad several turns in answoring. The chior purpose of the lesson is to show, that numbers are formed, successivaly, by adding one unit to the next preceding number. How many stars are one star and one star? How many stars are two stars and one star? * * v How many stars are three stars and one star? How many stars are four stars and one star? * How many stars are five stars and one star? * * * * * * How many stars are six stars and one star? * v How many stars are seven stars and one star : * * * * * * * * How many stars are eight stars and one star? * * * * * * * * How many stars are nine stars and one star? LESSON THIRD. III. Note to Teachers. The design of the preceding lessons has been teach the names, and the comparauve magnitude of numbers, from one to ten. The teacher should now inform the learners, that numbers are represented by FIGURES. He may direct them, to obtain the names of the figures by counting the unit marks, (from left to right,) which stand against the figures severally, in the following table. As this exercise will tend to fix a mental association of each figure with the number of units, which it represents, the lesson should not be omitted, oven by children, who are already able to read figures. IIIIII........... OOO00000 IIIIIII......... |