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Full text of "The Discovery Of The Child"

H          A          P          T          E          R          VIII

THE EXERCISES

How THE TEACHER OUGHT TO GIVE LESSON
Comparison with the Old Systems

THE lessons to initiate the children in the education of the senses,
are individual lessons. The mistress makes an almost timid attempt
at approaching a child, whom she presumes to be ready to receive
it. She sits down at his side and brings an object which she deems
capable of interesting him.

In this lies the preparation of the mistress. She should have
been trained in attempting experiments only; the response she
expects from the child is that an activity is aroused in hiyn which
urges him to use the material that has been presented.

The lesson constitutes a call for attention. The object, if it
meets the inner requirements of the child and represents something
which will satisfy them, incites the child to prolonged activity, for
he makes himself master of it and uses it again and again.

Words are not always necessary; very often showing how to
use the object is all that is needed as a lesson. But when it is
necessary to speak and to initiate the child into the use of the