LESSONS IN BOTANY.
FOR THE USE OF TEACHERS,
STUDYING WITH THEIR CHILDREN.
JANE H. NEWELL.
ILLUSTRATED BY H. P.
study, as in all scientific teaching, the teacher's aim
should be to foster in his pupils the power of careful
observation and clear expression. The actual amount of
knowledge gained at school must needs be small, and
often quickly forgotten, but the habit of right study is
an invaluable possession.
method of teaching Botany was confined almost wholly to
dry, technical classification. The pupil learned to find
the name and order of a plant, but its structure, its
habits, its life in short, were untouched by him. We
know now that Nature is the best text-book. The pupil
should first ask his questions of her and try to
interpret her answers; then he may learn with profit
what those who better understand her speech have to tell