The Beginner's Reading-Book (Classic Reprint)

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Fb&c Limited, Jul 28, 2015 - 154 pages
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A first reader should contain a great many very easy lessons, carefully graded, and so arranged as to aid sight and memory, since these powers are the most active in the process of learning to read. The style should be nat ural and simple, yet never in conflict with good English, and the sentences or paragraphs short, such as may be apprehended at a glance before utterance begins. This plan should continue throughout the first year, in order to establish the habit of natural and fluent sight-reading. After a few months' practice, however, long sentences may be read at sight with little effort, if divided into short sec tions at natural pauses, each section occupying a separate line. In such cases the pupils should read each section through as if it were complete in itself, then combine the parts and read the whole. The mind is thus aided to grasp the entire thought without undue effort, and with out confusion. Extensive practice with easy reading is the surest and quickest way of laying the foundation for intelligent sight-reading of a higher grade.

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