The Third Reader

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This Reader is the result of the practical experience of many years. The Phonic Method: though it has been found that the phonic method gives the pupil a better mastery of 'hard' words than any other, yet at this stage of his progress he has still many obstacles to overcome. To meet these with advantage, his knowledge of the power of letters must be extended and perfected. Reading Matter: Acquiring additional power over new words as he becomes more familiar with the diacritical marks, the pupil will advance with rapidity and confidence. Reading Lessons: Except for purposes of special drill, the pieces should be read as wholes, in order that a keep interest in the reading lessons may be excited and sustained. Interest on th the part of the pupil will supersede the necessity of much labor on the part of the teacher. The Words in Columns: at the head of the reading lessons are intended to be studied for spelling, pronunciation, and meaning, before the lesson is read. The diacritical marks can not be thoroughly learned except by practice in marking words. The best means of making sure that a child comprehends the true meaning of a word is to require him to use it in a sentence of his own. "How to Read": The lessons so headed present the most important principles of good reading, in so simple a way that they can be readily understood by even a child. Being made reading exercises, they will not be neglected, as lessons upon elocution usually are when inserted as separate articles, or by way of an 'introduction.'

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Page 29 - Over the river and through the wood, To grandfather's house we go; The horse knows the way To carry the sleigh Through the white and drifted snow.
Page 30 - For this is Thanksgiving Day. Over the river and through the wood, And straight through the barnyard gate! We seem to go Extremely slow; It is so hard to wait! Over the river and through the wood; Now grandmother's cap I spy! Hurrah for the fun! Is the pudding done? Hurrah for the pumpkin pie!
Page 163 - Where the oriole's hammock-nest swings ; And at night-time are folded in slumber By a song that a fond mother sings. Those who toil bravely are strongest ; The humble and poor become great ; And so from these brown-handed children Shall grow mighty rulers of state.
Page 123 - He answered and said, A man that is called Jesus made clay, and anointed mine eyes, and said unto me, Go to the pool of Siloam...
Page 204 - The wonderful air is over me, And the wonderful wind is shaking the tree; It walks on the water, and whirls the mills, And talks to itself on the tops of the hills.
Page 163 - Up through the long shady lane, Where the quail whistles loud in the wheat fields, That are yellow with ripening grain. They find, in the thick waving grasses, Where the scarlet-lipped strawberry grows, They gather the earliest snowdrops, And the first crimson buds of the rose.
Page 174 - Freddy, and all the snow; And the sheep will scamper into the fold When the North begins to blow. Which is the Wind that brings the heat ? The South- Wind, Katy ; and corn will grow, And peaches redden for you to eat, When the South begins to blow.
Page 17 - So the merry brown thrush sings away in the tree, To you and to me, to you and to me, And he sings all the day, little girl, little boy, " Oh, the world's running over with joy ! But long it won't be, Don't you know ? don't you see ? Unless we are as good as can be.
Page 163 - Those who toil bravely are strongest ; The humble and poor become great ; And from these brown-handed children Shall grow mighty rulers of state. The pen of the author and statesman, — The noble and wise of the land, — The sword and the chisel and palette, Shall be held in the little brown hand.
Page 17 - He's singing to me! He's singing to me! And what does he say, little girl, little boy? "Oh, the world's running over with joy! Don't you hear? don't you see? Hush! Look! In my tree, I'm as happy as happy can be!

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