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Books of Reference.

BOOKS OF REFERENCE

FOR THE

ORAL COURSE OF INSTRUCTION.

In conducting oral exercises on the various subjects relating to common life, teachers are often at a loss to know what sources of information are most available. The following catalogue will serve as a general guide to works of this class. The list is by no means complete; but it embraces the most useful of those which have fallen under the author's observation.

Teachers will generally derive more aid from such works as “The Science of Common Things,” “First Book of Science,” “Fireside Philosophy,” etc., than from the more elaborate text-books prepared for the use of High Schools and Academies. By cultivating a familiarity with elementary and practical works on the different subjects to be presented, teachers will more readily adopt a style of instruction and illustration that is adapted to the wants of their classes, than by studying works which are more extended and more strictly scientific. One of the greatest dangers in giving oral lessons, is that of attempting too much. The principles of science must be drawn upon sufficientiy to give the pupils a clear and satisfactory explana

Books of Reference.

tion of most of the common phenomena around them, without attempting to exhaust the different sciences to which they relate.

ACKERMAN.–First Book of Natural History, by A. Ackerman, 12mo, pp. 286, New York.

ABBOTT.—Learning about Common Things, by Jacob Abbott, 16mo, pp. 193, New York.

BARNARD.-Object Teaching and Oral Lessons on Social Science and Common Things, with various Illustrations of the Principles and Practice of Primary Education, as adopted in the Model and Training Schools of Great Britain; republished from Barnard's American Journal of Education; 8vo, pp. 434, New York and Chicago. $1.50.

This volume contains a reprint of several of the most valuable English works on Oral Teaching.

BEECHER.-Physiology and Calisthenics, by Catharine E. Beecher, 16mo, pp. 151, New York. 50 cts.

BROWNELL.-How to Use Globes, by F. C. Brownell, 12mo, pp. 33, New York and Chicago. 10 cts.

BATEMAN.—Third Biennial Report of the Superintendent of Public Instruction of the State of Illinois, for 1859–60, by Hon. Newton Bateman, Springfield, Illinois.

Mr. Bateinan's Report embraces an article of sixteen octavo pages on object lessons; the value and use of the slate and blackboard, and of cards and charts; the best methods of cultivating habits of observation and reflection; and the relative importance of Primary Schools in a graded course of instruction.

Books of Reference.

CALKINS.—Primary Object Lessons for a Graduated Course of Development, by N. A. Calkins, 12mo, pp. 362, New York. $1.00.

Carll.-Child's Book of Natural History, illustrating the Animal, Vegetable, and Mineral Kingdoms, with application to the Arts, by M. M. Carll, 16mo, pp. 148, New York. 38 cts.

CoWDERY.-Elementary Moral Lessons, for Schools and Families, by M. F. Cowdery, Superintendent of Public Schools, Sandusky, Ohio, 12mo, pp. 261, Philadelphia. 63 cts.

COWDERY.-Primary Moral Lessons, Part I., by M. F. Cowdery, Superintendent of Public Schools, Sandusky, Ohio, 16mo, pp. 116, Sandusky. 33 cts.

CAMP.-Annual Report of the Superintendent of Common Schools of the State of Connecticut for 1861-62, by Hon. David N. Camp.

Mr. Camp's Report contains an article of twentyfive octavo pages on Methods of Teaching, embracing Object Lessons and a Course of Study for Primary, Intermediate, and Grammar Schools.

EMERSON AND FLINT.-Manual of Agriculture, for the School, the Farm, and the Fireside, by Geo. B. Emerson and Chas. L. Flint, 12mo, pp. 306, Boston.

FITZGERALD.-Exhibition Speaker; to which is added a Complete System of Calisthenics and Gymnastics, with Instructions for Teachers and Pupils. Illustrated with fifty engravings, 12mo, pp. 268, New York. 75 cts.

The Gymnastics and Calisthenics occupy forty-six pages.

Books of Reference.

GREGORY.--Catalogue of the Michigan State Teachers' Institutes, Spring Series of 1862, held under the direction of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. Pamphlet, pp. 80. Lansing, Michigan.

Fifty pages of this Catalogue are devoted to Object Lessons, Physical Education, Moral Education, Primary Teaching, and an extended Course of Study for a Graded School, by J. M. Gregory, Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Most of these articles are also embraced in Mr. Gregory's Annual Report for 1861.

Hill.–First Lessons in Geometry, by Thomas Hill, President of Antioch College, 24mo, pp. 144, Boston.

HAZEN.—Popular Technology, or Professions and Trades, by Edward Hazen, A. M., 2 vols., 16mo, pp. 536, Harper's Family Library.

HOOKER.–Child's Book of Nature, in three parts. Part I., Plants; Part II., Animals; Part III., Air, Water, Heat, Light, etc. By Worthington Hooker, M. D., 16mo, square, pp. 469, New York.

HOOKER.–Natural History for the use of Schools and Families, by Worthington Hooker, M. D., 12mo, pp. 382, New York.

HAILMAN.-Outlines of a System of Object Teaching, by William N. Hailman, 8vo, pp. 38, Louisville, Ky.

Mayo.—Manual of Elementary Instruction, by Elizabeth Mayo, 2 vols., 16mo, pp. 609, London, Home and Colonial School Society. $2.50.

Books of Reference.

Mayo.- Lessons on Objects, by Elizabeth Mayo, 16mo, pp. 229, London. $1.50.

An American edition of this work will soon be issued by J. B. Lippincott & Co., Philadelphia.

Mayo.- Lessons on Shells, by Elizabeth Mayo, 16mo, London. $2.00.

MARCEL.—Language as a Means of Mental Culture and International Communication, by C. Marcel, French Consul, 2 vols., 12mo, pp. 841, London.

This is an elaborate and philosophical system of mental, moral, and physical culture, practically applied. The title is not well chosen.

NORTON AND PORTER.–First Book of Science, designed for Public and Private Schools, by W. A. Norton and J. A. Porter. Part I., Natural Philosophy and Astronomy; Part II., Chemistry and Allied Sciences. 12mo, pp. 419, New York. $1.00.

NORTHEND.-Exercises for Dictation and Pronunciation, by Charles Northend, A. M., 18mo, pp. 252, New York. 40 cts.

PHILBRICK.--Boston Primary School Tablets, by John D. Philbrick, Superintendent of Public Schools of Boston. Twenty Tablets, mounted on ten cards, illustrating the Alphabet, Penmanship, Drawing, Punctuation, Numerals, Sounds of the Letters, etc. Boston. $5.00.

PHILBRICK.-Primary School Manual, by John D Philbrick, Superintendent of Public Schools, Bos ton, 12mo, about 400 pages. $1.00. In press.

A treatise on the Principles and Methods of Elcmentary Education.

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