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It is qnite desirable that the pupils time should be well employed except the time necessary for esercis). It gives them a substan. tial trade conducive to both p'casure and profit, cultivating habits of industry, and to those who once enjoyed the pleasme of looking upon our beautiful fields, and gazing with never ending delight at the great treasure house of nature, it casts aside the past and brings the present home with all its exciting reality; it occupies their time and prevents many a sad and lonely hour.
The annexed schedule, "B,” shows the cost of implements for brooin and brush manufacture, material for manufacturing broom brushes, &c. &c.
We expect to commence the manufacture of brushes about the tenth of this month. The work has been delayed a long time for want of necessary implements and patierns to arrange the shop. These could not be obtained especially from another state without the money, and we have labored under the same disadvantage in every thing elec, for which the Board of Trustees is not in the least responsible, as our quarterly appropriations could not well be drawn from an empty Stato Treasury.
In accordance with a resolution passed in October last by the Board, I have employed a young man by tho name of Andrew Keikle, as foreman to our shop. He bad formerly been engaged in a work-chop in the Ohio Institute for the blind. IIo nderstar.ds his business thoroughly, and comes with high reconumendations from the Superintendent of that institution.
The pupils have improved much during the past year in music, under the instruction of Mrs. L. Walls,
The discriminating ear of the blind, renders them well adapted to learn the science of music, and they should be encouraged, for it may be a means of wuch pleasure and employment in the future.
- The piano bonght last spring has done excellent service during the summer, and proves to be one of the most durable kind.
:. The situation of assistant teacher in the literary department, occupied during the past year by Miss Mary A. Weed, is now filled by Miss Saralı Ellsworth, who is a thurough teacher and perloruis her duties admirably.
The order of daily exercises is as follows:
All rise at the ringing of the bell in the morning at six. The family breakfast at a quater before seven, thc pupils at a quarter past seven. The pnpils are assembled at ten minutes before eight, a portion of the scripture is read; then the daily studies are commenced, which consist of reading, writing, spelling, written and mental arithmetic, grammar and algebra, and thus the time is passed until twelve, and from one till half past two, at which time the pupils mect for singing cla-s, which continues one hour. At half past three the boys go to their work in the shop.
You will observe that the boys are employed more than eight , honrs in their various exercises, and the girls about seven. It is arranged so that the piano can be occupied all day. It is done by giving the pupils their music lessons while free from other tasks.
The blind are often able to perform mental feats, which to those blessed with sight are truly astonishing. It is the result of concentration and cultivation of the mental faculties undisturbed by surrounding influences. The manner of teaching the blind being mostly oral, is calculated to impress the subject upon the mind. Also the habit of relying almost entirely upon the mental faculties gives a power of arranging subjects in the memory, of which few people are aware. Therefore, if a pupil wislıes to succeed well he mast enter the institu.ion with a fixed determinatiun to become the master.of every branch.
Perhaps it is too often the case, that parents, feeling solicitous for the welfare of a child deprived of one'sense, bestow unusual care upon it, and under its influences grow up many pernicious habits, causing the child to become petulant and fault-finding. In so doing the parent makes a great mistake. It should receive superior advantages to the other children—not more indulgence.
During the past summer an admirable system of draining the yard by cess pools, has been adopted, which has contributed very much to the convenience and comfort of all living in the institute.
There can be only one opinion as to the manner the funds appropriated for the building bave been expended, and that is, judiciously. The Board acted the part of wisdom, by going on with the work, and the building committee have performed their work nobly.
The following newspapers have been sent to us regularly and gratuitously, for which, in behalf of the pupils, I return thanks to the gentlemanly proprietors of the same:
do Badger State,
do Beloit Journal,
do Monroe Sentinel,
do Milwaukee Sentinel, do
We have cause to feel a just pride in the advancement of our state, increasing her population by thousands each year. Rich in agricultural and mineral wealth, only six years a state, yet bearing upon her bosom, cities with their thousands. This state
has ever held forth her liberal hand to the institution for the blind, and the deaf and dumb, and the insane, and those unfortanate classes will always hold in grateful remembrance the efforts made in their behalf.
SCHEDULE “ A.”
Showing the namos, ages, residence, place of nativity, timo of admission, do., of the several roupils
in the Institute :
No. of rears