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CHAMBERS'S

SPELLING-BOOK

WILLIAM AND ROBERT CHAMBER LONDON AND EDINBURGH

1866.

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Also published separately,

CHAMBERS'S SPELLING-BOOK.

Part ......... I. 28 pp. ............Price 11d.
1 ...... II. 80 : ............. 6d.
, III. IV. 82............ 6d.

*** For the contents of each Part, see the Table of Contents

of this Volume.

CHAMBERS'S

SPELLING-BOOK

WITH

Numerous Exercises for Dictation.

BY

JAMES CURRIE, A.M

PRINCIPAL OF THE CHURCH OF SCOTLAND TRAINING COLLEGE, EDINBURGH.

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Edinburgh : Printed by W. and R. Chambers. PREFACE.

This volume, as its name imports, is meant to be a Spelling-book, and nothing more. Its purpose is accordingly simple and uniform throughout, and it is hoped that its plan will be found to correspond with its purpose.

Spelling is not to be acquired by rules. It is a habit of the eye, and is to be learnt by constant reading and writing. At the same time, in this as in every other branch of knowledge, the use of some principle of classification greatly helps the learner. Though this volume, therefore, is not a dictionary—whether of sounds, meanings, or derivations—it teaches spelling by grouping words according to their phonic resemblances, contrasts in sense, and rules of increment. And, especially, the spelling of all classes of words, simple or derived, is uniformly taught in connection with their actual use. For this purpose definitions are not employed, because they are not suitable, but the writing of sentences in which the words occur. In this way it is possible, and even easy, to invest with intelligence and interest what has usually been the driest and most mechanical of school-tasks.

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