Early Childhood Education

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World book Company, 1923 - Education - 220 pages

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Page 144 - Wah-wah-taysee, Flitting through the dusk of evening, With the twinkle of its candle Lighting up the brakes and bushes, And he sang the song of children, Sang the song Nokomis taught him...
Page 144 - What is that, Nokomis?" And the good Nokomis answered : " 'Tis the heaven of flowers you see there : All the wild flowers of the forest, All the lilies of the prairies, When on earth they fade and perish, Blossom in that heaven above us.
Page 165 - The alder by the river Shakes out her powdery curls ; The willow buds in silver For little boys and girls. The little birds fly over, And oh, how sweet they sing ! To tell the happy children That once again 'tis spring.
Page 4 - All this is a part of education for independence. We habitually serve children; and this is not only an act of servility toward them, but it is dangerous, since it tends to suffocate their useful, spontaneous activity. We are inclined to believe that children are like puppets, and we wash them and feed them as if they were dolls. We do not stop to think that the child who does not do, does not know how to do. He must, nevertheless...
Page 4 - Any nation that accepts the idea of servitude and believes that it is an advantage for man to be served by man, admits servility as an instinct, and indeed we all too easily lend ourselves to obsequious service, giving to it such complimentary names as courtesy, politeness, charity. In reality, he who is served is limited in his independence. This concept will be the foundation of the dignity of the man of the future: "I do not wish to be served, because I am not an impotent.
Page 176 - The child is best prepared for life as an adult by experiencing in childhood what has meaning to him as a child, and further, the child has a right to enjoy his childhood. Because he is a growing animal who must develop so as to live successfully in the grown-up world, nothing should be done to interfere with growth, and everything should be done to further the full and free development of his body and his mind.
Page 29 - They serve to make him realize, to bring to consciousness, what he already is striving for in a vague, confused, and therefore ineffective way. From the psychological standpoint it may safely be said that when a teacher has to rely upon a series of dictated directions, it is just because the child has no image of his own of what is to be done or why it is to be done. Instead, therefore, of gaining power of control by conforming to directions, he is really losing it — made dependent upon an external...
Page 14 - Poet born in the chanting and dancing games, Man the Nurturer growing through play with dolls and pets and plants and younger children, Man the Scientist evolved in plays of imitation, of exploring, collecting, classifying, Man the Hunter developed in the chasing games, Man the Fighter— the Hercules of our nature, addressed to obstacles as such, whose joy is in the cussedness of thingswrought in the hundred games of contest, and Man the Citizen —in the great team games.
Page 5 - If I were persuaded that children needed to play, I would provide the proper apparatus; but I am not so persuaded.
Page 5 - Play builds the child. It is a part of nature's law of growth. It is in truth for the sake of play, and of growth conducted by it, that there is such a thing as a child at all. As Herr Groos, our best of Germans and chief teacher in this matter, has well said : " Children do not play because they are young ; they are young in order that they may play.

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