A Sound-English Primer

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G.E. Stechert, 1890 - Readers (Primary) - 68 pages
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Page 2 - ... upon the absurdities of English orthography, and upon the gravity with which those absurdities are usually introduced to the child as reasonable things, must perceive that such instruction has an injurious effect upon the child's mental powers, and upon his love of truth.
Page 58 - E e 1ST n W w F f O o X x G- g P p Y v H h Q q Z z I i E r & & THE ALPHABET.
Page 64 - Before long, some one knocked at the door, and cried : " Open the door, dear children ! Your mother has come back and brought something for each of you." But the kids knew quite well by the voice that it was the wolf. " We won't open the door ! " they cried. " You are not our mother. She has a soft, gentle voice ; but yours is rough, and we are quite sure that you are the wolf.
Page 2 - Consider the harm to the child's mind, to his reasoning powers. We say to him, " Here is this letter ; it has this sound, this force." But he then finds that it is purely a matter of chance whether it has this sound, or something utterly different. Suppose we should say : " 2 and 2 make 4 ; " and then the child should find that, if it is apples, 2 and 2 make 5 ; if marbles, they make 3 ; if plums, 0 ; and if potatoes, 7.
Page 65 - But the wolf had laid his black paws against the window, and the children saw them and cried, "We will not open the door, our mother has not black feet like you: you are the wolf!" Then the wolf ran to a baker and said, "I have hurt my feet; rub some dough over them for me.
Page 66 - The first kid ran and jumped under the table, the second into the bed, the third into the oven, the fourth into the kitchen, the fifth into the cupboard, the sixth under the washbasin, and the seventh into the clock case.
Page 2 - A tough constitution resists a great deal of hardship and abuse ; and a vigorous intellect frequently survives the labor of learning to spell in the ordinary mode. A man who has lived through a course of bad diet, and inattention to the laws of health, is apt to regard attention to such matters as a mark of effeminacy ; and, in like manner, those whose love of literature has not been...
Page 65 - But the Wolf had put one of his paws on the window sill where the Kids saw it, and cried — "We won't open the door. Our mother has not got a black foot as you have; you are the Wolf." Then the Wolf ran to a Baker, and said, "I have bruised my foot; please put some dough on it." And when the Baker had put some dough on his foot, he ran to the miller and said, "Strew some flour on my foot.
Page 10 - Sound-English mi and dilee, but the i in pin is " a distinct, though closely allied element. In its formation, the tongue is slightly relaxed from the position assumed for producing e.

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