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Elementary School Curriculum. First Year: Reading

by Edith C. Barnum 1906

Not so many years ago it was thought that a child, upon entering school, must devote the greater part of the five or six hours he spent there in learning to read. So he worked, wriggled, and squirmed in his efforts to master the strange symbols in his wonderful primer. It is true he gave part of his time to writing, spelling, and his "tables," but reading had the lion's share. This method was probably the result of the general belief that knowledge was to be gained only from books. To-day these subjects share the child's attention with nature study, literature, art, music, manual training, and physical exercise, because books are no longer considered the exclusive source of knowledge. The world about the child is an open book from which he must learn to read, and the importance of doing as well as knowing has come to be realized.

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 7 Number 1, 1906, p. 73-87
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11590, Date Accessed: 8/20/2018 10:21:54 AM

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