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 Language • Class Ia • Time: 15 minutes

By Dorothy Brownell
The Parents’ Review, 1903, pp. 847-848



I. To show the children how new words may be formed by adding letters to other words.

II. To improve the children’s spelling.


Step I.—Let the children find “a” and “n” among their letters, and having put them together, ask what they spell.

Step II.—Let the children find out what letter must be added to “an” to make “and.”

Step III.—If “h” were added to these three letters we should have “hand,” what consonant must we put instead of “h” to make “land” or “sand?”

Step IV.—Let the children choose another consonant to put with “a,” and build up words from that, as a-t “at,” h-a-t “hat,” t-hat “that,” or a-m “am,” h-am “ham,” s-ham “sham,” etc.

Step V.—Take the vowel “e,” and let the children build up words by adding consonants.

Step VI.—Build words with the vowel “i.”

Step VII.—Build words with the vowel “o.”

Step VIII.—Build words with the vowel “u.”

As each word is made, write it on the board, in order that the children shall get accustomed to handwriting.