The Orbis Pictus of John Amos Comenius

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C.W. Bardeen, 1887 - Latin language - 194 pages
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Page xix - For which reason it were to be wished, that things rare and not easy to be met withal at home, might be kept ready in every great school, that they may be shewed also, as often as any words are to be made of them, to the scholars. "Thus at last this school would indeed become a school of things obvious to the senses, and an entrance to the school intellectual.
Page xviii - IV. Let them be suffered also to imitate the Pictures by hand, if they will, nay rather, let them be encouraged, that they may be willing : first, thus to quicken the attention also towards the things ; and to observe the proportion of the parts one towards another ; and lastly to practise the nimbleness of the hand, which is good for many things.
Page xv - Visible world: or, A nomenclature, and pictures, of all the chief things that are in the world, and of men's employments therein; in above 150 cuts.
Page 2 - See, here I am ; lead me in the name of God. M. Before all things, thou oughtest to learn the plain sounds, of which man's speech consisteth; which living creatures know how to make, and thy Tongue knoweth how to imitate, and thy hand can picture out. Afterwards we will go into the World, and we will view all things.
Page xvi - And out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof. And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the Field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him.
Page xxi - He hath therefore in some of his latter works seemed to move retrograde, and striven to come nearer the reach of tender wits : and in this present book, he hath (according to my judgment) descended to the very bottom of what is to be taught, and proceeded (as nature itself doth) in an orderly way ; first to exercise the senses well, by representing their objects to them, and then to fasten upon...
Page xviii - I. Let it be given to children into their hands to delight themselves withal as they please, with the sight of the pictures, and making them as familiar to themselves as may be, and that even at home before they be put to school.
Page xxv - Children, do not much trouble their thoughts and clog their memories with bare Grammar Rudiments, which to them are harsh in getting, and fluid in retaining; because indeed to them they signifie nothing, but a mere swimming notion of a general term, which they know not what it meaneth, till they comprehend particulars...
Page ii - Janua) could carry it, was indeed agreed withal, by our Mr. Winthrop in his travels through the low countries, to come over into New England, and illuminate this Colledge and country, in the quality of a President, which was now become vacant. But the solicitations of the Swedish Ambassador diverting him another way, that incomparable Moravian became not an American.
Page xxi - Nature itself doth) in an orderly way, first to exercise the senses well by presenting their objects to them, and then to fasten upon the intellect by impressing the first notions of things upon it and linking them one to another by a rational discourse; whereas indeed we generally, missing this way, do teach children as we do parrots to speak they know not what...

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