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WRITING MONITOR'S INSTRUCTIONS. The following Instructions for the Writing Monitors of Sunday Schools, is extracted, by permission, from a recent publication milled “ Directions for carrying into effect the Plan of Monitors, adapted to Sunday Schools.” Price 6d. and which, for the sake of obtaining correct information on this subject, we recommend Sunday School Teachers to procure.
I. THE superintendent monitor is to be at the school half an hour before the writing scholars assemble, to get every thing in readiness. II
. He is to lay the writing books belonging to each class on the end of the desks, and to deliver a sufficient number of pens to each monitor, which should always be mended previous to the meeting.
III. He is to let the scholars begin writing directly they come, that no time may be lost.
IV. In case the superintendent monitor should be absent, the next superior monitor present, is to take the superintendence of the meeting.
Monitor in Attendance. V. The superintendent monitor is every writing evening to appoint a monitor in attendance, in rotation, from among the senior scholars; who is to give out the ink stands and carry the books, pens, &c. from the teacher or superintendent monitor to the different monitors, attend to the candles, and do any thing else which may be requisite. When the school is concluded, be is to put every thing away in an orderly manner.
VI. There shall be a writing monitor to each class, who must always be present at the appointed time, and see that he scholars come with their hands and faces clean.
VII. The writing monitors must study their instructions, and particularly observe that the scholars sit properly, and hold their pens right; they must see that the scholars keep their books and copies clean, and not let any of them continue writing with bad pens.
VIII. The writing inonitors must not suffer any thing to be written on the covers of the writing books, except the name of the scholar and the date when he began his book, which is to be done by the teacher.
IX. The writing monitor, at each desk, must keep every thing in its proper place, and must not, on any account, suffer the copies or pens to lie about carelessly,
X. The writing monitor must not permit any of the schoļars to leave their seats, but when any thing is wanted in any of their classes, the monitor of the class must attend to it.
XI. The writing monitors are not to allow any of the scholars to take home their pens or their books. When the books are written through, they must ask the teachers consent before they suffer them to be taken home.
XII. At the conclusion, the writing monitors are to deliver the books and pens to the superintendent monitor, and when directed by him, they are to give out the hats; and when ordered, they are to lead their classes quietly out of the school, and see that the scholars proceed home in an orderly manner.
Conclusion of the Writing School. XIII. At the time appointed, the superintendent monitor iş to order the scholars to finish their lines; in a few minutes after, he is to order them to leave off writing. Each writing monitor is then to stand at the end of his desk, and must see that all the scholars wipe their pens, and lay them on their books, which are to remain open. The superintendent monitor will then order the monitors to mark the attendance of their classes ; when this is done, he is to order the scholars to stand up, &c. The meeting will then be concluded, agreeable to the rules of the school. He shall then direct the monitors to give out the hats, after which he shall order them, one by one, to lead their classes out of the school in single rank, but not to permit more than one class to go at the same time. He is also to see that the inonitor in attendance puts every thing away in an orderly manner, before he leaves the school.
Disorderly Writing Scholars. XIV. Scholars who are disorderly are to be disgraced by wearing the disorderly label, and the teacher shall call them to an account for their misconduct when the meeting is over; if he sees it proper to inflict any other punishment, he shall do so, by suspending them from the writing for two evenings; and should they, upon being permitted to attend again, repeat their disorderly conduct; they shall then be reported to the superintendent of the school, who shall consider whether it is proper to strike their names from the writing list.
XV. These instructions are to be read over at the first writing meeting in every month.
The cyphering meeting may be conducted upon nearly the same plan as the writing. The books should be ruled all to one pattern, in squares the size of the figures, and the monitors must observe that the scholars count their lines, and place the figures in the same squares as they occupy in the book from which they are to copy. A sufficient number of these books, from which the scholars are to copy, should be provided and filled up with the sums without the workings; and another book should be provided like these, containing the same sums with the workings, which is to be placed under the care of the superintendent monitor, who is not to suffer any of the scholars to look into it,
The monitors for the writing and cyphering meetings, should be selected from among the school monitors by the superintendent of the school.
The monitors alone should meet once every week, for the purpose of receiving instruction in writing and cyphering ; as their duty occupies them so fully as to prevent them from learning when the scholars assemble.
An ADDRESS delivered to the TEACHERS of a SUNDAY
SCHOOL at an ANNIVERSARY MEETING.
I will therefore lay before you the feelings of my heart, when I reflect upon the circumstances connected with this meeting, persuaded, that it is the most likely means to increase your resolutions to persevere in so good a work.
I cannot see so many children attend, nor their parents disposed to send them, nor so many of you, year after year, willingly devote yourselves to this employ, without feeling a mixture of surprize, esteem, and gratitude, por without hope that you will not grow weary in this well doing.
Considering the selfishness of human nature, a degree of surprize must take place in surveying nearly one hundred persons, (closely confined by labour six days in the week,) stedfastly devoting one half of their Sabbaths to instruct children without bire.
Nor is it possible to withhold esteem from them who do 80, whilst every pious mind must feel gratitude to God, who inclines your hearts to such employments, especially when we take into the account,-First, the motives which induce you to make such sacrifices,--and Secondly, the benefits we have reason to hope will arise from them.-Your motives are not gain, for you receive no pay. They are not,“ to be seen of inen,” for no honour attends it. May I not charitably hope you act from a principle of Christian love ? Do I not speak to those, who in the most sacred and pleasing hours of their lives, secretly say to him, who understands the thought afar off, “ Thou Lord art my witness that I desire nothing so much as to glorify thy name, and do good to my fellow creatures.” “ I mourn daily under my unprofitable life, and am willing to be, to do, to suffer any thing, might I only be an instrument in thy band of promoting these great ends.” Is this the language of your hearts?
I will now endeavour to prove that you may in these schools do good, much good, in your day and generation.
You have engaged in them under a persuasion that the rising generation might be benefited by them, but probably you have not fully considered the extent of good which may arise from them.
You know that when we speak of “ doing good,” we are only instruments, “ the good that is done in the earth the Lord doth it himself.”
We therefore only speak of this, (or any other labour,) as designing to bring “ Glory to God, and good to men."
We will therefore enlarge, in the second place, upon “ the benefits we have reason to expect will arise from your labour in these schools."
The chief design of this address is to call your attention to the subject in this point of view. You will allow me to enlarge on the advantages which are likely to arise. - Ist. to the children who attend them.--2nd, to the families connected with these children.-3rd, to the town at large. 4th, to the church of God.--5th, to yourselves and families. -6th, to future generations.
1. To the children. Look round upon the crouds of ragged and wicked children, who pollute our streets: this I was about to say, but I retract. Our streets are changed. Look back upon the time when these streets were crouded with ragged and wicked children, and say “should no other end be answered, is it not worth your labour to collect them from the streets?"
Your time is not lost, were it employed only to separate them from their corrupting companions, to restrain them from the evils they commit together, and draw them to some regard to order and decency, by the rules of the school.
The difference between one hundred children left to corrupt each other, by mixing in the streets, and the same number brought to observe the habits of a Sunday School, is of no small importance to civil society. But this is the least
. Outward decency of behaviour deserves much labour, yet it is only a branch or leaf, which must appear if the tree (the mind) be made good.
We observe, therefore, a second advantage which these children derive is religious instruction.
My friends, I ask you, what are you doing in these schools? What is the chief object you have in view ? Nothing less than to teach poor children to read and understand their bible. Let those who do not love their Bibles think lightly of this, but let it be your glory. Never let it be forgotten “ that the great design of these schools is to teach poor children to read and understand their Bible," and never forget the greatness of this work. For what is the Bible? It is nothing less than the revealed wiil of God. He raised up Moses and the prophets, Christ and his Aposdes, to spread this book amongst his creatures; be owns it, he sets his seal to it, and uses it as his instrument sinners from darkness to light.”
Are you not then doing, what in you lies, to make poor children acquainted with this wonderous book? This book which God revealed to Moses and the prophets, this book which contains the sayings of the Son of God, this book which the Holy Ghost seals as his own.
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