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Elementary School Curriculum. Second and Third Years: Grade II. Nature Study

by Evelyn Batchelder 1906

The world is so full of a number of things, I am sure we should all be as happy as kings," sings Stevenson, and so sings every boy and girl out of the fullness of his heart in the very joy of living. If the mere sense of being a part of this teeming life has the effect of making a child as happy as a king, is it not reasonable to conclude that a more intimate knowledge of some of these things of which ''the world is so full" will make his life broader and more sympathetic and his ideals more elevated and true? But it is scarcely necessary at this late day to justify nature study as a part of the curriculum of our schools. It has long since earned its legitimate place on our programs, and it remains for us to make a selection, as wise as possible, from the great mass of material ready to our hands. In the second grade of the Horace Mann School the study of primitive life leads to a consideration of pastoral and agricultural peoples, and thus man's dependence upon the soil is impressed upon the minds of the children. The limitation of products which grow without cultivation is a topic for discussion, as is the necessity of tilling the soil as a means of furnishing an abundant food supply to man and to animals useful to man. Thus the economic aspect is not an unfamiliar one to the children, and we take advantage of this fact in the nature work, where we develop the utilitarian idea still further and make it one of the large factors in shaping our course for the year by studying animals and plants with special reference to how they effect man.

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 7 Number 4, 1906, p. 350-356
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11626, Date Accessed: 7/20/2018 10:43:05 AM

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