Leçons de philosophie naturelle, pages 66 and 67
Montreal, Canada East (Quebec), Lovell and Gibson, 1847.

School Manuals

The Congrégation de Notre-Dame produced more school manuals than any other community of women religious in Quebec. Some 440 publications are credited to its name. Among them are text books and workbooks, for both students and teachers (livre du maître). Half of these have been either re-printed or re-edited. These publications illustrate the evolution of the education systems and the teaching methods, but also the many changes in society, in particular, the transformation of the value system.

The publications of the Congregation touch on many subjects. Some examples are domestic science, with specialties in housekeeping, food preparation and sewing as well as French and English, with publications on learning how to read and write. There are also manuals on such subjects as Catechism, History, Drawing, Geography, Song and Music, Physical Education, Sciences, Pedagogy and Accounting.

Religious communities and school boards used some of these books, which were approved by the Council of Public Instruction. The Congrégation de Notre-Dame also used texts produced by other publishers and imported them from France and elsewhere. When publishing was more developed in Lower Canada, the community began using local publications as well.

Travaux à l'aiguille - 2e année

Montreal, Congrégation de Notre-Dame, envelope

Définitions géométriques appliquées au dessin linéaire

Montreal, Congrégation de Notre-Dame, 16 pages


Montreal, Beauchemin, 23 pages

Géographie-Atlas - Cours élémentaire

4th edition, Montreal, Beauchemin, 70 pages

Method of Teaching the Eclectic System of Writing

Montreal, Congrégation de Notre-Dame, 60 pages

Illustrated Catechism for little children

Montreal, Congrégation de Notre-Dame, 28 pages

Cours de littérature -7e et 8e année - Brevet de capacité

Montreal, Congrégation de Notre-Dame, 250 pages

The secrets of good cooking

Montreal, Canadian Printing and Lithographing Company, 309 pages

La coupe des vêtements à l'école primaire

4th edition, Quebec, L'Action sociale, 30 pages + 1 cutting pattern

La cuisine raisonnée

5th edition, Quebec, Ateliers de l'Action Catholique, 725 pages and 15 pages

Mon premier livre de français par la lecture

Montreal, Congrégation de Notre-Dame, 96 pages

La cuisine raisonnée

11th revised and expanded edition , Montreal, Fides, 664 pages

Peek in, please!

Toronto, Ginn and Company, 64 pages