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ON A PLAN ENTIRELY NEW,
FAMILIES AND INFANT SCHOOLS.
ILLUSTRATED BY CUTS.
INGRAM COBBIN, M. A.
FIRST AMERICAN FROM THE SECOND LONDON EDITION,
Improved and enlarged by
Instructer in the American Asylum.
RICHARDSON, LORD AND HOLBROOK,
District of Connecticul, ss.
Be it remembered, Tbat on the 10th day of October, A. D. 1829, in the 54th year of the Independence of the United States of America, H. and F. J Huntington, of the said District, bare deposited in this office the title of a book, the right whereof they claim as proprietors, in the words following, to wit: "The Child's Arithmetic, on a plan entirely new, for families and infant schools : Illustrated by Cuts. By Ingram Cobbin, M. A, first American from the second London edition. Improved and enlarged by Rev. William W. Turner, A. M. Jostructer in the American Asylum." In conformity to the Act of Congress of the United States, entitled an Act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of Maps, Charts, and Books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the time therein mentioned." And also to an Act, entitled, “an Act aupplementary to
Act, entitled an Act for the encouragement of learn by securing the copies of Maps, Charta, and Books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned, and extending the benefits thereof to the arts of designing, engraving, and etching historical and other prints."
CHARLES A. INGERSOLL,
Clerk of the district of Conneoticut. A true copy of Record, examined and sealed by me,
CHARLES A. INGERSOLL, Clerk of the district of Connecticut.
This little Arithmetio is designed for the use of very young children, and particularly for the pupils of Infant and Primary Schools. It is, with some alterations and additions, the production of Mr. Cobbin, an English gentleman, who has prepared several interesting books for children. “In preparing this work," he remarks in his preface, “the Author has aimed to express himself so as that a child may perfectly comprehend him. He has passed by nothing which appeared to him likely to produce a difficulty, and has made all the opening sums exceedingly simple that the learner may not be discouraged."
The little learner will, at first, be at a loss how to proceed; but let the teacher once fix the attention of the child, and go through with one or two sums under each rule, slowly and distinctly, explaining every step, and illustrating the process by familiar examples, by reference to the fingers, to beans, or black
and the child will become interested in the subject, and very soon will be able to work out the sums without assistance. The teacher should invent and propose sums at the time, which have reference to the children in the school, to objects with which they are conversant; and aim chiefly to awaken and fix attention. To effect this desirable object, the author has illustrated many of the sums by Cuts. On this subject he thus remarks : “ It occurred to the Author's mind that the path to Arithmetic might be smoothed by means of pictures, and thus while the learner was gaining the abstract ideas of figures by sepsible objects, he would have them, with scarcely any labour, permanently fixed in his mind.” Of the utility of this plan, There can be no doubt. It may be thought unwise to perplex the mind of a child six years of age with Arithmetic; but its elements may as easily be taught at this age as any other. The experiment has already been made in our Infant Schools, and with complete success. It has also been made by many intelligent parents, and with the same result. “The only difficulty," says our Author, " is to fix their wandering minds, struck with the ever varying objects that crowd upon their senses; and to meet this by attractions which neyer fail, is the object of the present pages.". And we have no doubt the public will decide that he has well attained his object.
American Asylum, Sept. 1829.
ELEMENTS OF ARITHMETIC
FIGURES are made thus : One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven, Eight, Nine. 1 2 3 4 5 6
9 and to these we add a Cipher, thus 0, and if we put 1 before 0 it is called ten.
Now learn to know and count these by the pretty pictures, over which we will put the word for the figure, and under which we will put the figures. Count them again and again till you know them without the book :-Here are ten strawberries, say, one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten. One, T'wo, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven, Eight, Nine, Ten.
1 2 3 4 4 5 6 ng 8 9 10 Count these Cats, and put their number down in words: