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Precepts and rules are repulsive to a child, but happy illustration winneth him.
"In vain shalt thou preach of industry and prudence, till he learn of the bee and the ant.
'Dimly will he think of his soul, till the acorn and the chrysalis have taught him.
"He will fear God in thunder, and worship His loveliness in flowers;
"And parables shall charm his heart."
The use of objects, prints, diagrams, models, and specimens of raw and manufactured articles for illustration, is strongly recommended as most effective in conveying accurate impressions and ideas and fixing the interest and attention of the children under instruction. Dexter's Cabinets of Objects selected from the mineral, vegetable, and animal kingdoms are very admirable for this purpose; they may be had at the various Educational Depositories. When these cannot be procured, the teacher will find he can soon form, with little trouble and expense, a collection for himself, probably somewhat limited, yet of the greatest utility.
The following extract from the Eighteenth Annual Report of the Metropolitan Church-Schoolmasters' Association refers to Lesson XLVII. of this
series, and explains the circumstances under which it was written:-"At the meeting of your Committee in March it was determined to offer a Prize for the best Notes of a Lesson on the History and Present State of the Woollen Manufacture in England. Messrs. M'Leod and Daintree kindly undertook the office of adjudicators, and decided that the notes bearing the motto "Acta non Verba" were the best; this motto was found to have been adopted by Mr. W. J. Lake of the Second City School, who, according to the conditions, gave the lesson to a class of boys before the members at the General Meeting in October."