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Conduct to be observed by the Children, They must be obedient, and behave properly to their teachress and monitors.
They must always come to the school clean washed and combed, and punctual to the time appointed.
They must each come provided with a bag to contain their books,
They must always bring the whole of their books with them to school, unless ordered otherwise.
They must not be seen playing, or making a noise in coming to school, or returning home.
No two scholars must be seen talking to each other, during the school hours, or divine service.
While learning their lessons, they must repeat to themselves so as not to be heard.
They are always to stand up while saying their lessons to their teachers, in an uniform posture.
They are not to go out during the school hours, unless ill, or particularly wanted.
They are not to be allowed to go home before the time appointed, without a note being sent by the parents or guardians, requesting that favor, which is only to be granted on very particular occasions.
They are not to bring with them any children who do not belong to the school.
They are not to take home any books till they are purchased.
Whenever they receive a ticket, and on entering and leaving the school they must make a bow or courtesy.
They are not to turn round during prayer, and are to stand with their hands clasped before them.
When they retire from the school room, to go to public worship, or any place appointed, they are to walk in rotation, according to their classes, beginning with the girls; the classes are to be headed by their respective monitors, both in procession and during divine service.
Purchase of Books.
• each Large tickets.
with do. Tract for Sale...... Ope large ticket to be given in exchange for twelve small
2 & 2
ones. All large tickets niust be rehearsed by heart, by the scholar who presents them, before they are received in payment; and no books are to be purchased with small ones.
Fines. Any scholar, who, while another of the same class is repeating to the teacher, speaks out of turn, to forfeit one small ticket.
Any two scholars seen talking together, during school hours, to forfeit cach a small ticket.
Any scholar seen eating fruit, or playing with toys, to for. feit one small ticket, and the things to be taken away.
Any scholar coming without his or her books, to forfeit one mall ticket.
Any scholars seen to take their hats, coats, &c. before they are given to them, to forfeit each a small ticket.
Rewards. For every six verses in Hymns, Scripture, &c. repeated by heart....
1 small ticket. For every four questions and answers, re.
1 do. peated by heart, in Milk for Babes..... For every four ditto, ditto in Watts's or As
do. sembly's Catechism, without Proofs...
For every four ditto, ditto, ditto, with ditto. 1 do. For spelling, the first in the class or division, 2
1 do, small tickets, the second......
An annual reward of books, &c. is to be awarded, according to merit, if thought proper by the committee.
Punishments. No corporeal punishment to be allowed in this school, Any scholar or monitor who misbehaves, is to be sent to the bottom of the class, and a large label is to be suspended about them, descriptive of the nature of the offence. Any particular instance of misconduct to be referred to the consideration of the teachers.
By the Rev. J. A. James. AFTER repeatedly reading this excellent work, on looking back upon the passages which we had marked for quotation, we find that they embrace so large a portion of the book that it would be impossible, in our contracted limits, to insert them. However, it will be less necessary to make many extracts because, we trust, every Sunday School Teacher will make a point of procuring this “ Guide" to direct his steps aright in the path of duty, to point out his dangers and difficulties, to cheer his spirits amidst tue fatigues of the way, and to accelerate his progress in knowlege, benevolence, piety, and usefulness. We assure our readers that we never saw a book on the subject of Sunday Schools so deserving of their attention, so suited to their situation, and so adapted to instruct, caution, animate, and benefit the spiritual instructors of the
young. It is no small credit to Mr. James that, amidst all bis labours and engagements, he should have found time to write such a work as this, and particularly that he should be able to enter so deeply into the spirit of his subject, and should pourtray with so much accuracy, and even minuteness, the feelings of a pious devoted teacher, amidst his difficulties and encouragements, bis hopes and his fears, his distress and his delights. We were led sometimes to imagine that it was a venerable teacher to whose counsels and experienced cautions and animating addresses we were listening, and well we know that no one but a man who deeply felt the importance of Sunday Schools; who had well studied the subject for himself, and felt his mind imbued with its importance, could have written the “ Teacher's Guide.” We should esteem that individual unworthy of being a Sunday School Teacher who did not arise from the perusal of this book more sensible of the importance of his employment-the greatness of his work - the awful responsibility of his situation, and the connexion of his labours with all that is grand in the contemplation of eternity, and transporting in the anticipation of heaven.
We will just give a sketch of the subjects embraced in this truly interesting work, and add a few short extracts.
The introduction gives a brief account of the origin, progress, and improvement of the Sunday School system of education. It is at once interesting and concise. We hope the hints at page 18, as to the religious instruction of elder children on the Sabbath evening, will attract general attention. The statement at page 35, as to the first Sunday School in Asia is, we understand, a mistake.
The following are the important subjects discussed :—The object which Sunday School Teachers should ever keep in view as the ultimate end of all their labours—The qualifications which every teacher should seek to possess Directions as to the manner in which a Teacher should discharge the duties of his office The duties of Teachers to each other—The temptations to which Sunday School Teachers are exposed- The discouragements of Sunday School Teachers, The most effectual means of keeping up the spirit of the office-Motives to diligence in the work.
In such an extensive and important range of Sunday School subjects, there are a great many remarks so worthy of minute and constant attention, that we find it difficult to select a few. Let the following serve as a specimen :
Page 44. It is for you to consider, that every one of the children, which are every Sabbath beneath your care, carries in bis bosom, a soul as valuable, and as durable as that which the Creator has lodged in your own, Neither poverty, ignorance, nor vice, can sever the tie which binds man to immortality. Every human body is the residence of an immortal spirit, and however diminutive by
childhood, or dark hy ignorance, or mean by poverty, or filthy by vice the hovel might appear, å deathless inhabitant will be found within. Every child that passes the threshold of your School on a Sunday morning carries to your care, and confides to your ability, a soul, compared with whose worth the sun, is a bauble; and with whose existence time itself is but as the twinkling of
Page 67. If I werë to delineate, in picture, the emblem of a Sunday School Teacher's duty and employment, I would represent Faith and Love, like the two angels that conducted Lot froin Sodom, leading between them a poor child to the cross, and while one is directing his' eye to the means of salvation, the other should be pointing him to the realms of eternal glory.
Page 141 & 2. You mistake, if you suppose the distinction and elevation of your office, are too inconsiderable to induce pride. Pride is a vice that does not dwell exclusively in king's houses, wear only soft raiment, and feed sumptuously every day upon lofty titles, fame or affluence; generated in the depravity of our nature, it accoinodates itself to our circumstances, and adapts itself to our taste : it is found as often in the cottage, as in the mansion; and never having tasted the richer viands of loftier elevations, feeds with avidity upoir the lowest distinctions, which raise one man above another. Consciousness of superiority, whatever be the object of comparison is the element of this most hateful disposition; and this may be supplied even from the office of a Sunday School Teacher.
Page 149. At the very moment when you are giving vent to the sighs of disappointment, and yielding to the influence of despondency, a thousand harps are struck in heaven by a band of glorified spirits, who received their first devout impressions in a Sunday School. Could you listen to their harmony, and gaze upon their beauty ;-could you witness the seraphic glow which is diffused over their frame, and hear the rapturous praises which they pour forth to him that sitteth upon the throne, as often as they repeat the honoured name of their beloved teacher, discouragement before such a scene would instantly vanish, and ani. Kated hope would fill its place. When you feel despondency creeping through your soul, send your imagination for one of these heavenly harpers, and by the song other couversion, let her charm away the gloomy thoughts of your troubled breast.
These extracts need no comment, and many equally excellent may be found throughout the volume. In the next edition we would strongly recommend an enlarged table of contents at the beginning of the book, or an index at the end for the sake of reference. At page 70 the Assembly's Catechism is recommended as containing a clear and concise view of the doctrines and duties of divine truth, we leave it to the consideration of our author, whether this recommendation should not be qualified in some manner as applicable to Teachers of accordant views with his own, many of the most active Sunday School Teachers objecting to some of the doctrinal explanations of the Assembly's Catecbism. We the rather mention this, because we believe it to be the only part of the book to which any true Christians, of whatever denomination, could raise any possible objection whatever. - We are glad to see, by the advertisement, that this invaluable book has reached a second edition; we hope it will be in the hands of every Teacher, and we pray that its instructions may dwell in every beart.
Hymns, for SUNDAY SCHOOL Teachers, published by the
SUNDAY SCHOOL UNION. WE have long considered such a work as the present very great desideratum; it has frequently happened, both in public and private meetings of Teachers, that considerable difficulty has been felt in selecting suitable hymns for their devotisnal services. This difficulty has been particularly felt since Sunday School Unions have been so greatly established throughout the country. We rejoice to see, in this selection, so many as 127 hymns suitable for teachers. The following is a sketch of some of the subjects of the hymns:- Christian love-Excellence of teaching and unity-Hosanna-Imitation of Jesus - Miscellaneous-On opening a new school-On the death of a Teacher-Parting-Pastoral hymns Pleading for the young-Pleasure of teaching-Praise Self examination-Spread of the Gospel-Sunday School union meeta ings – Teachers encouragement – Teachers' illness - Teachers' prayer meetings.
The hymns appear to be selected very judiciously, and arranged so as to be easily referred to. We sincerely recommend this Hymn Book to every Sunday School Teacher; it will serve to animate his gratitudemto excite his praise-- to enkindle his devo. tion, and to animate all his exertions, by leading him to the source from whence all his ability and inclination for usefulness have been derived. We cannot but rejoice to see that the Compilers have availed themselves of many of the hymns which have appeared in the Sunday School Repository; we trust this will operate as a stimulus to our poetic correspondents, to furnish us with suitable pieces. If there be any subjects in this selection which may have been omitted, we shall rejoice to see hymns on those subjects, in our Repository, from whence they may be selected to be added to the future editions of the Sunday School Teachers' Hymn Book,
Amongst so many hymns, by so many different writers, on rarious subjects, it would be invidious to select a few, and these few could not be considered as specimens of the others. We therefore give no extracts, but advise every Teacher to procure the book as bis pocket companion, in the secret retirements of the closet, bis private meetings with his associates, and the general meetings of Sunday School Unions.
MILK FOR BABES, part second. A catechetical selection from
the Psalms and Hymns of Dr. Watts. By Connitor. JUDGING of this book by the title, we should have been led to suppose that it had been selected by the ingenious compiler of the work entitled “ Milk for Babes," published by the Sunday School Union. Not that we think the title so very excellent : we have often wished that this very useful little book had some other designation more descriptive of its contents, and not so liable to excite risibility or ridicule. But whatever the title of a book may