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Elementary School Curriculum. Second and Third Years: Grade II. Languageand Spelling


by Evelyn Batchelder 1906

Charles Lamb believed that it was well to turn a child loose in the rich fields of literature and let him browse where he pleased. He is indeed a fortunate child who has a chance to become acquainted with books in the library of his own home, such books as Water Babies, Lamb's Tales from Shakespeare, The Jungle Books, with many of the simpler poems children love because they are so rich in fancy, so vital, so genuine, or so heroic. Unconsciously the child absorbs many new ideas, and adds to his rather limited vocabulary new words and phrases as he reads. He was charmed with the rhythm of verse in his baby days and now at eight years he is ready to feel the beauty of an exquisite lyric phrase as keenly as does many an older person. In order to further encourage and foster literary taste, stories that are too difficult for the children to read themselves are read or told to them by the teacher, and poems are memorized and sometimes dramatized.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 7 Number 4, 1906, p. 372-374
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11629, Date Accessed: 10/17/2017 9:02:11 AM

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