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able advice* The age of admission is in most schools restricted to six years in some to seven. Without a regulation of this sort a school is liable to be converted into a nursery; as parents will frequently send their youngest children, while the elder to whom instruction is of most importance, are detained at home to assist in the family. To guard against this, it is a practice in some schools not to admit the younger without the elder.
It has been found very useful to give the parents, on admitting their children, the rules of the school, requesting that they may be placed in a conspicuous situation in their houses.The following rules are recommended for adoption:
1. The hours of attendance are in the morning, in the afternoon, and in the evening. As it is a rule that the school should be opened and concluded with prayer, it is necessary that the children should all be present in the school in good time.
2. Any children being absent at either of the above times, unless by the reasonable desire of their parents, (of which notice must be given), or by permission of their teachers, will be liable to reproof; and if absent three successive Sundays, without a satisfactory cause, will subject themselves to be dismissed the school.
3. Those boys and girls able to read the Testament, who attend regularly and behave well, will, as a reward, have the privilege, of learning writing and arithmetic in the week.
4. Every child who does not come to school clean and decent, or is found guilty of lying, swearing, stealing, fighting, or otherwise misbehaving, must be expelled, if after repeated reproof there is no reformation.
5. No book belonging to the institution shall be taken away from the School on any pretence whatever.
6. It is earnestly recommended to the parents or friends of the children to set them proper examples, and to urge them to attend to their own improvement; thus to second the wishes and exertions of the teachers, who cannot hope for much. success in their voluntary labours, if the children behold at home an indifference to their welfare, or an example contrary to the instructions given at school.
7. Once or twice in a year the parents or friends of the children in this School will be requested to meet the teachers, of which due notice will be given.
No. 59, of the publications of the Religious Tract Society, entitled "An address to Parents of Children who attend Sunday Schools," might be an acceptable and useful present on these occasions.
The following is the form of the book used for admitting children, (See Appendix No. 1.)
On the first admission of a scholar, the superintendent or person, who admits, will examine the child, and place him in the class for which he is qualified: For the rules by which the children are classified, (See Appendix No. 2).
As many children are induced to attend for a time from idle curiosity or a love of novelty, who relinquish their attendance when these motives cease to operate, it will be found useful to receive all the scholars at their first entrance upon PROBA-, TION for three months. This will teach the parents aud children to set a higher value on the privilege of admission.
For the form of the roll book in which the attendance of the children is marked (See Appendix No. 3).
As it is desirable for each of the teachers likewise to record the attendance of his scholars, class papers are used, ruled in a similar manner to the roll book, and fastened on pasteboard.
It is necessary to keep regular minutes of the transactions of the School: a specimen is exhibited by way of example, (Appendix No. 4). An alphabetical list of the names and residences, in the form of an index, will be found very useful for reference.
The plans which we have stated comprize the most important and simple regulations which are absolutely necessary for every well conducted School. We have endeavoured to state every thing so plainly, that we trust all our readers will be fully able to enter into the system. We know that many persons who were desirous of establishing Sunday Schools, have been deterred from making the attempt by not knowing how to begin, or how to proceed. We trust that as they have had an opportunity of learning the plans which are sanctioned by a long experience in the work, they will now proceed to form new Sunday Schools with promptitude and zeal, since they see how easily they may be established. In those Sunday Schools where no regular plans have hitherto been adopted, or regular books kept, we trust the great necessity of a proper system will be deeply felt. The apostles advice cannot be too much impressed on the mind of a Sunday School Teacher, "Let all things be done decently and in order."
We intend in our next number to state further particulars as to the place of meeting, hours of attendance, business of the School, rewards and punishments, &c. also to state the duties of the teachers, superintendents, secretaries, and visitors. We shall likewise produce some additional plans which have been found useful in very extensive Schools.
The size of this book is a foolscap quarto. The first column contains the progressive number of boys received into the School from the commencement. The remaining columns, as far as the fifth, are filled up at the time of receiving the children. The tick against the class signifies that the child's name is wrote up into the roll book. The last column contains an account of those children who leave the School, and the cause of it: this is written up from the roll book at the end of every quarter. Those names which have no remarks against them, are the children actually in the School.
* This lad having lost his own father, the name of his father-in-law is inserted. It is usual to place in this column the name of the relative or guardian with whom the child lives, when he has lost his Parents,
APPENDIX N° 2.
LIST of the CLASSES, and the Books used.
1 Class. The alphabet and words of two letters. alphabet and boards containing all the words of two letters in the English language.
2nd Class.-All words of one syllable. The first pages in the first part spelling book containing words of one
3rd Class.-Words of two syllables. The whole of the first part spelling book, and the words of two syllables
in the second.
4th Class. The whole of the second part spelling.
5th Class.-The new Testament, and the third part spelling.
6th Class-The old and new Testament, and the third part spelling.
It is most desirable on every account that the children should be classed, according to their abilities, and be promoted to a higher class as they improve. When a child is qualified for removal, the teacher signs a paper to this effect, and sends him to the superintendent, who examines him, and if he be found qualified, makes the removal accordingly.
If the above number of classes be found inconvenient on account of the smallness of the school, or a deficiency of teachers, the first and second, or the third and fourth classes may be united. Where the School is large, there may be two or three divisions of the same class. There should not be more than twenty scholars to one teacher; in general, fifteen will be found a sufficient number.
The spelling books published by the Sunday School Union, are the cheapest and best adapted for Sunday Schools. They may be purchased of W. Kent, 116, High Holborn; or T. Hamilton, Paternoster-row.
The size of this book is a foolscap folio. It will be observed this specimen is given from the fifth or Testament class.
The excuses given by the parents to the teacher or visitor may be marked by characters in the days they are absent.-