H A P T E R XXIV DISCIPLINE IN THE CHILDREN'S HOUSE THE experience gathered from the time when the first edition of the Italian book was printed up till today has confirmed over and over again this truth—that in our classes of small children reaching the size of forty or even fifty pupils, there prevails a discipline more nearly perfect than that existing in the ordinary schools. Anyone who visits well-managed schools is struck by the discipline of the children. Here you may find forty children from three to seven years of age, intent each on his own work; some are doing sense exercises, some arithmetic, some tracing letters, some drawing; some are busy with the clothes, some are dusting; some are seated at a table, some are stretched on mats on the ground. One hears a faint noise of objects being moved about lightly, of children going about on tip-toe. Every now and again there is a badly repressed cry of joy, a quick call of " Signorina, Signorina!;" an exclamation of " See what I have done!" But more frequently the peace is absolute. The teacher moves about slowly and silently; she goes to any- one who calls her; she supervises in such a way that anyone who needs her is aware of her presence at once, whilst those who do not need her do not notice her existence.