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SUGGESTIONS TO TEACHERS.
This work is designed to be recited in the topical method. On naming the title of a paragraph, the pupil should be able to draw on the blackboard the diagram, if any is given, and state the substance of what is contained in the book. It will be noticed that the order of topics, in treating of the planets and also of the constellations, is uniform. If a portion of the class write their topics in full upon the blackboard, it will be found a valuable exercise in spelling, punctuation, and composition. Every point which can be illustrated in the heavens should be shown to the class. No description or apparatus can equal the reality in the sky. After a constellation has been traced, the pupil should be practised in star-map drawing. Much profitable instruction can be obtained in this way. For the purpose of more easily finding the heavenly bodies at any time, Whttall's Movable Planisphere is of great service. It may be procured of the publishers of this work. "Orreries are of little account" A tellurian is invaluable in explaining Precession of the Equinoxes, Eclipses, Phases of the Moon, etc. Messrs. A. S. Barnes & Co., New Tork City, furnish a good instrument at a low price. The article on "Celestial Measurements," near the close Of the work, should be constantly referred to during the term. In the figures, the right-hand side represents the west and the left-hand the east. When it is important to obtain this idea correctly, the book should be held up toward the southern sky.
Never let a pupil recite a lesson, nor answer a question, except it be a mere definition, in the language of the book. The text is designed to interest and instruct the pupil; the recitation should afford him an opportunity of expressing what he has learned, in his own style and words.
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