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an additional inducement to the regular attendance and diligent application of the children ; and will also, by increasing their knowledge, promote the immediate design of the School. The propriety of a measure like this, which furnishes the children with books on the most improving subjects, for the exercise of that talent of reading which they have acquired, will sufficiently appear to every one. It may, however, be proper to remark, that its great utility has been experienced in respect to the parents as well as the children, in several Schools, where the experiment has been tried. The privilege of the Library is frequently continued to the children after they have left the School. This keeps them still, in some measure, under the view of their former instructors; furnishes employment for that leisure which would otherwise expose them to temptation, and appears calculated to influence their conduct in future life, and become a blessing to their descendants.
A small fund is usually appropriated to the purchase of books; and public notice is given, that if any friends are disposed to present books for the circulating library, they will be thankfully received. A Sub-committee of two or three individuals should be appointed to examine all books before they are circulated, to see that they are suitable for the purpose. All the books should be well covered with strong cartridge paper.
A complete list of the books in the library, regularly numbered, should be placed in a conspicuous situation in the school room. A number should be marked on each book to correspond with the number in the list, and the books should be placed in the library according to the numbers. The name of the School to which the book belongs, should also be stamped on it or written in it.
For the plan of keeping an account of the books lent out, and the children who have them (See Appendix No.5).
An attention to the hints thus far given may be considered indispensable in every well-regulated School, however small. A few additional plans which have been found serviceable, will now be stated.
As many children are induced to attend for a time from idle curiosity or a love of novelty, who relinquish their attendance when these motives cease to operate, it will be found useful to receive all the scholars at their first entrance upon p'R O BATION for three months. This will teach the parents and children to set a higher value on the privilege of admission. The names of these children should be put on a separate paper in each class and in the roll book on the opposite page to the fully admitted Scholars in each Class. This distinction should be preserved where a
NUMERICAL REGISTER is kept, which being a permanent record of the success of the institution, should only have entered in it the names of scholars who have been three months or upwards in the School. These are, once a quarter, entered from the receiving book, and the number of their register marked in the last coluinn of the receiving book, where also the dismissal of such as leave during trial, is entered * This register will not only note the date of their admittance, parent's names and residence, and state of learning when admitted, but also their progress, by the removal of the scholars from one class to another, being posted into it every quarter; and finally the time and reason of such scholar's leaving the School. The boys and girls may be registered on the opposite pages. (See Appendix No. 6.)
ALPHABETICAL REGISTER.- This book is used for the purpose of keeping an account of the residence of the children. It contains the names of the scholars in alphabetical order, to which the names of the parents and the residence are added. By reference to this book, the secretary or teachers will be enabled to find, without delay, the residence of any scholar. When the children change their places of abode, the alteration must be made accordingly.
Class PAPERS AND Books.--In many Schools Class papers ruled in the form of the roll book (See Appendix No.3) are attached to boards, and merely the attendance is recorded. It appears highly desirable that the teachers should keep an accurate account of the weekly progress of their children, of the lessons they have said, and the hymns, chapters, catechism, &c. &c. which they have committed to memory.
This may be done in a class book, (see Appendix, No. 7:) Some children will deceive their teachers by repeating old lessons, unless some account be kept of them. If the same teachers do not regularly attend every Sabbath, such an account is absolutely indispensable.
In order to take in at one view the whole of what a child has committed to memory, a short ledger account may be opened for each scholar, in which this can be stated without much trouble.
In concluding this little work, into which it has been endeavoured to compress much useful information, a few short hints to Teachers, founded on experience, will be given, leaving it
By observing the difference of the numbers in the first and last column of the receiving book, will be seen how many of the children received have not staid three months on an average.
with the readers to enlarge on the miscellaneous ideas suggested.
Let all your instructions have some reference to religious improvement.--Labour to improve the understanding, more than to load the memory.-Weekly scriptural subjects, asking questions, and encouraging the children also to ask them, requiring an account of the sermons and addresses heard, and the books read, are much calculated to improve the understanding. Constantly and privately enforce the necessity of prayer.-Make every service interesting to youthful minds,Be short in your prayers and addresses; where weariness begins, devotion ends. Visit the parents and children at home, induce them to love and respect you as their best friends.Gain a knowledge of the conduct and chosen companions of your pupils when they are not under your care. Speak as occasion admits to each child individually; many opportunities occur for general exhortation, but these are not so apt to be applied by the hearers to themselves. See that all viour is such as you would wish your pupils to imitate. Labour, teach, pray, as those who must give an account before the judgment-seat of Christ. Yours is an important workupon you the prosperity of the School entirely dependsTherefore, “ Beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.”
APPENDIX No. 5.
Suspen ded for one Quarter
APPENDIX No. 6.
FORM OF TUE NUMERICAL REGISTER.
Classes. received. No. Boys Names. Age. Parents Names. Residence.
1 & 2 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 1815.
1815 Jan. 6 326 Case, Thomas 12 Case, John.... 7,Church-street
When, and how
July 30. To Service
327 Sleepy, Samuel
9 Broadhead, Jas 2, Turk-street.
Jan. 1 Dec.31
The size and shape of this book is a demy folio, bound lengthways. It is designed as a lasting document of the efforts of the society, and of the progress of the scholars. A Record of this kind appears desirable, on account of the vast number of scholars who frequent these seminaries from motives of secular gain, a love of novelty, or childish curiosity: lest, from the fluctuating state of the School, its supporters should at any time imagine that no lasting benefit can be expected from their endeavours; as well as that all concerned may in any case, from authentic documents, be convinced of the improvement which has been made by a large proportion. The force of these observations will be more felt when it is stated as a fact, ascertained by experience in London, that of the children received into the Schools on trial, nearly two-fifths are dismissed before the expiration of three months.
It will be observed, that the specimen of the Register bere given, notices but five distinctions; the first and second, or card classes, being consolidated. This may be done or not, at the option of the managers, and if the account is still considered as too laborious, it may be further shortened, by consolidating the spelling-book classes.