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Full text of "The Discovery Of The Child"

EDUCATION IN MOVEMENT                   117

Little water-taps, placed so low that they do not reach the knee
of an adult: minute appurtenances like bits of soap., nail brushes,
small hand-towels are within the reach of the child. Or, failing
the water-tap and basin, there will be some sort of wash-basin,
"were it only a small bowl set on a low table together with a little
jar and a receptacle into which used water can be poured. A box
containing shoe brushes, a few bags hung on the wall in which
are kept clothes-brushes so narrow that a tiny hand can grasp them
easily, form other practical objects. And, where it is possible,
there ought to be kept a small dressing-table with a small
mirror, placed so low that it reflects perhaps no more than
the space between the feet and the knees of an adult. The little
one will be able to look at himself when he is seated and should
iis hair become untidy by taking off his hat or through the
-wind in the street he will be able to put it in order; there will be
at hand a little hair-brush and a tiny comb. The child then puts
on his pinafore and working blouse, and he is now ready to make
his entry.

If the school is not in order, then there is work to be done.
Perhaps there are vases of rather faded flowers which it is well to
throw away, or the water needs to be changed. The statue of the
baby Jesus, so dear and pretty, has not been dusted; that must be
done. Cloths of various kinds and colours hang from hooks,
together with a bright-coloured feather duster; the article most suit-
able is chosen and the cleaning begins. A table has a spot on it!
It must be removed: soap and a brush. If a little water has fallen
on the floor it must be wiped up at once. Or if a piece of bread
or a dry leaf has fallen on the floor, the broom is there, small,
light, so inviting with the pretty colours and pictures which adorn
a handle shining with polish and cleanliness! What is there more
pleasing than the dust-pans all green with red spots, or what as
white as a wash-tub? Similar occupations are engaged in as often
as occasion arises; we have no time-table either for forenoon or
afternoon. The child is all the time inspecting his surroundings
minutely, his * House'; and when any chair is out of place, making