Notes of Lessons: Reading, Class Ia

Notes of Lessons: Reading, Class Ia

[We have thought that it might be of use to our readers (in their own families) to publish from month to month during the current year, Notes of Lessons prepared by students of the House of Education for the pupils of the Practising School. We should like to say, however, that such a Lesson is never given as a tour de force, but is always an illustration or an expansion of some part of the children’s regular studies (in the Parents’ Review School), some passage in one or other of their school books.—Ed.]

Subject: Reading • Group: English • Class Ia • Time: 10 minutes

By N. Dixon
The Parents’ Review, 1906, p. 468


I.— To help the children to gain power in visualising words.

II.—To interest them in reading.

III.—To cultivate the habits of attention and accuracy.

IV.—To give practice in clear and distinct enunciation. 


Step I.—Interest the boys in the picture belonging to the lesson to arouse the wish to read about it.

Step II.—Print on the blackboard the words from the lesson which present any new difficulty: cabin, lives, turrets, hammock, instead. Children to sound and read them, and then write them in the air with their eyes shut.

Step III.—Let them find them in the reading book, then make the words with their letters from dictation.

Step IV.—Children to read the first three lines of the lesson, from the book.

Step V.—Print on the board any words they still find difficulty in recognising, and let them make them with letters and find them in the book.

A Cabin Boy.

            Ben is a cabin boy. He lives on a big ship with turrets and guns on the deck. Ben has a hammock in the ship, instead of a bed.