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INDEX.

Page.

Page.
Attention,

20 Nebuchadnezzar's Image, 180
Arithmetic,
60 John the Baptist,

182
Apparatus,

28
Nativity of Christ,

185
Astronomy,
89 Flight into Egypt,

187
Analysis,

203
Jesus tempted,

187
Appendix,

271 Jesus blessing the little Chil-
Bible, History of,
144 dren,

188
Capital Letters,

297
preaching,

189
Contrast of Words,
50 Jacob's Well,

191
of Characters,
58 Rich Man,

193
Definitions of Words,
33 Good Samaritan,

193
of Character, 52 Jesus walking on the Wa-
of Arts and Sciences, 55 ter,

194
of the various Causes Transfiguration,

195
of Death,

58 Christ riding into Jerusa-
Discovery of America, 85 lem,

196
Devotion,
230 Lord's Supper,

197
Ellipsis Lessons,

59 Jesus bearing the Cross, 198
Government,
11 Resurrection,

201
Geography Lessons,

65 History, Natural, of Plants
Geometry, Lessons in, 103 and Flowers,

108
Grammar,

234 History, Natural, of Ani-
History, Scripture,
148 mals,

117
Creation,
149 Elephant,

118
Cain and Abel,
151 Buffalo,

119
Noah,
152 The Cow,

119
Abraham,
154 Horse,

120
Lot,
156 Sheep,

120
Joseph,

158
Cat,

121
Moses,
170 Squirrel,

121
David and Goliah,
173 Lion,

122
Solomon's Vision,
175 Bear,

122
Daniel in the Lion's Den, 176 Deer,

122
Jonah,
178 Dog,

123

Beaver,
Camel,
Tiger,
Leopard,
Wolf,
Goat,
Fox,
Hare,
Rabbit,
Zebra,
The Ass,
Musk,
Monkey,
Hippopotamus,
Rhinoceros,
Poroupine,
Crocodile,
Sea Otter,
Seal,
Whale,
Cod,
The Cock,
Turkey,
Peacock,
Ostrich,
Vulture,

123 Eagle,

139
124 Swan,

140
126 Goose,

140
126 Duck,

141
127 Lark,

141
127 Nightingale,

141
128 Parrot,

142
128 Cuckoo,

142
129 Silkworm,

142
129 Hymns,

260
130 Items of Various Subjects, 99
130 Manual Exercises,

21
131 Marching,

23
131 Moral Lessons,

211
132

on Texts in Rhyme, 225
132 Numeral Frame,

30
133 Pronunciation,

293
133 Punctuation,

294
134 Questions on Familiar Sub-
135 jects,

97
136 Regulations,

26
136 Reading Lessons,

30
137 Singing,

25
137 School-room,

27
138 Teacher,

19
139 Time, Division of,

94

INFANT SCHOOL MANUAL.

GENERAL PRINCIPLES.

The primary object of Infant Schools is, to redeem the valuable portion of life which passes between the time when children go from their mothers' arms, to that at which they are ordinarily sent to the common school. This interesting part of life, except with a favored few, has been to a great degree wasted and worse than wasted for want of appropriate instruction.

Though the vigor and activity which the healthful child enjoys at this age, will prevent idleness, and cause it to acquire much knowledge by its own observation and amusing experiments, yet few are aware of the amount of wrong impressions received, and false conclusions adopted, by the infant during this period, which, after they have been retained for several years, it is difficult to throw aside, though reason is convinced of their absurdity.

It is the object in these schools not so much to discipline the tender mind and induce premature study, as to assist the eager curiosity of infancy to obtain a right knowledge of the objects which arrest its attention, and prevent those mistakes which tend, more than any other circumstance, to give a wrong estimate of infant minds, and to induce many to view them as incapable of understanding the reason of things, and of course to deem it immaterial whether communications to them are die

eousness.

tated by reason, or humor, or whether the objects of their curiosity are represented in true or false colors.

It is of incalculable importance that the early impressions made on the infant mind should be such as will have a tendency to give a right direction to the moral character. This system is ingeniously adapted to accomplish this desirable work. It is founded in right

The fear and love of God are the grand principles which it brings into exercise.

It is a melancholy truth that there is a tendency to evil in the human heart; but this is not so strong in infancy as when permitted to increase and strengthen unchecked, to riper years.

“ The spring time of our years is soon

Dishonored and defiled by budding ills,

That ask a prudent hand to check them.” * The principles of the infant school system require us to form a due estimate of the infant character. The impression which many appear to have of the rank in which infants should be classed, is erroneous and injurious to improvement. It may be that persons who will not permit children to talk in their presence, would be enlightened by them if they would deign to listen to their artless suggestions. Theirs is the privilege of having minds unsullied by inveterate prejudice, or heated ambition, and uncorrupted by passions which are the

growth of riper age. Their curiosity is awake, their recollection bright, their discernment quick, their consciences active. They judge accurately; they want nothing but a knowledge of words by which ideas are expressed, to enable them to utter dicisions upon some of the most important subjects.

The method of instruction in the infant school is calculated to preserve the understanding from blind credulity, to invigorate its powers, to associate pleasure with literature, and to induce a laudable desire for progressive improvement; or in other words to connect the substance of instruction with the form of it,—to join the elements of thought with the elements of language, -to

* Cowper.

convey substantial information to the infant mind in so pleasing a manner as to arrest the attention, win the affections, elevate the mind, and carry it forward with delight in the paths of science.

The object of instruction in the infant school is not limited to the benefit which may be enjoyed in the present state of existence. It not only considers infants as rational, intelligent beings, endowed with capacities to enjoy and communicate intellectual pleasures; but it views them as destined to an immortal state of existence, of which this life is only the threshold. It views them as subjects of the government of a holy God, and amenable to His tribunal, whose laws are committed to us with the sacred injunction,-Teach them diligently to thy children. That the generations to come may know them, that they may set their hope in God ... and not . . . forget the works of God, but keep his commandments.

GOVERNMENT.

As the government in the infant school is in some respects peculiar to itself, it is necessary to give this subject particular attention.

It is the first business to impress the pupils with a just sense of right and wrong, and show them the natural effects of each.

They are also taught that they are the creatures of a wise, holy and-benevolent God, who loves righteousness and hates iniquity, and will bring every work into judgment; and that God has given us a wise and holy law, to govern our actions, words and thoughts.

This law, is a law of love. It requires only such things of us as are necessary for our happiness, and forbids nothing but what would tend to make us miserable. They are shown that God has manifested a great regard for this holy law, by inflicting fearful judgments upon the wicked, and disobedient, as described in the portions of scripture history selected for their lessons.

They are taught the nature of obedience, and shown

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