This Is Reading by Frank G. Jennings (auth.)

By Frank G. Jennings (auth.)

Reading is a many-faceted topic. A booklet at the subject may well, like many, be an outline of the physiological steps one takes in appearing the method referred to as interpreting. quite often, it's a guide, describing the tools a instructor may well use in instructing schoolage little ones to obtain the mechanical facets of studying. a few, a long way fewer, are all in favour of the psychology of examining, such psychology often emphasing the awake and logical methods to studying. nonetheless others are directed towards a few specific a part of studying in its socio-historical surroundings, as for instance, freedom to learn, or grownup studying conduct, or version in developments within the produc­ tion of fabrics. All books of such nature are proper to the omnibus topic-reading. A publication which might comprise interpreting in its old, sociological, and academic environment might certainly be an immense venture, de­ manding either scope and intensity of data from its writer. Frank Jennings has written such an inclusive ebook, and he appro­ priately calls it this can be Reading.

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Rehearsal, mimicry and imitation are the channels for simple learnings. Walking, talking and play are learned this way. The development of muscular skills begins this way too. Much of the education 1 Julius E. Lips, The Origin of Things, New York: A. A. Wyn, 1947, p. 242. 49 50 THIS Is READING of children in the so-called non-literate societies is also of this nature. The use of tools, the care of the body, of the home, these too are learned in this way. It is the thinking about practical things that first confronts us with problems of choice.

In the early months of its life it responds to a stimulus outside its body much as an electric bell responds to its button being pushed. Children don't invent words, at least not in the beginning. They 8 A. F. Watts, The Language and Mental Development D. C. Heath, 1944, pp. 37-38. 0/ Children. London: 32 THIS Is READING might get in the habit of saying ba-ba right after a bath or a feeding or some other pleasant affair. Perhaps the mother has made it a practice of giving him a ball at this time every day.

31 T he World of Words After the first word, the rest is easy, or it appears so. Yet the infant has been learning the wonder of words for a long time before it begins to apply its knowledge. For words are understood long before the power to utter them develops. The words that come first may look like names, they are in fact really action words. A quick examination of the "ball" sentences above demonstrates this. These grammatical terms are scientific counters by which sophisticated adults organize their knowledge about language, after the fact.

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