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Elementary School Curriculum. First Year: Nature Study


by Edith C. Barnum 1906

There is no doubt that nature appeals to children. Every child seems to have been blessed with a love for plants and animals and with an interest in natural phenomena. There is danger, however, that this vital spark may be crushed out by the artificial life which surrounds the city child, and that he may lose the sturdiness of character which contact with nature develops. The Need of Nature Study in the City The city child cannot go among and care for animals. He cannot climb trees and hunt for nuts. He does not watch for the spring flowers, and know the bush where the first pussy-willow appears or the nook where the first violets grow. There is no trudging behind the plow for him or planting of seeds, and generally there is no ground for a garden of his own. The majority of our city children are unable to keep pets or plants, as life in hotels, in apartments, and in most city houses, is not conducive to the growth of either plants or animals. This deprives the child of a most valuable experience.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 7 Number 1, 1906, p. 33-41
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11587, Date Accessed: 10/19/2017 10:52:49 AM

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