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The Summers Readers

Excerpt from The Summers Readers: Manual First Lessons in Reading The Summers series of Readers consists of a Primer, a First Reader, and a Second Reader, closely articulated for the purpose of teaching beginners to read, and a Manual of Instruction intended to give teachers a full knowledge of the elements involved in the process of learning to read, and definite, practical guidance for daily classroom work. The whole purpose and essence of reading is the communication of ideas. It is the thought - the impression - rather than the form the expression which gives value to what is read. With this fact in mind the subject-matter has been chosen with special reference to primal social activities in history and contemporaneous society significant of the race development, as the securing of food, shelter, and clothing. But this subject-matter must touch the child personally if it is to be of value in learning to read. It must appear for him in the form of action, rhythm, stories, observation, plays and games, if the symbols of reading are to be fraught with meaning for him. What is of interest to the child, and what is of value to society, have both been kept in mind in selecting and arranging the literature of childhood used in this series of readers. This Manual of Instruction provides for three half years of work. Foreign children, or those of slower development, will require a longer time. In that event, the lessons in the Manual will suggest the order not the time. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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