OUTLINES

OF

LESSONS IN BOTANY.

 

FOR THE USE OF TEACHERS, OR MOTHERS
STUDYING WITH THEIR CHILDREN.

BY

JANE H. NEWELL.

 

ILLUSTRATED BY H. P. SYMMES.

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PREFACE.

In this 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.

The former 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 him..........................

 

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