Elementary School Curriculum. First Year: The Children of the First Grade
by Miriam C. Winchester - 1906
Advantages of Home Environment Much has been written regarding child life in the poorer districts of great cities, but Colonel Parker used to speak also of the problems connected with the children of the "poor neglected rich." It is in attempting the solution of some of these problems that the Horace Mann School is now engaged. The pupils entering the first grade of our school come from well-to-do homes. Many belong to professional families or to families engaged in art or literary pursuits. The of Home parents are enabled to secure for their children such refining influences in the home as are imparted by good pictures, good books, good music, and the association with cultured friends. Many children spend the summer months in the country or at the seashore, and through their own observations, and because of the companionship of intelligent elders, are well informed on many subjects connected with nature. Their acquaintance with the best in children's literature, and the uniformly good language heard in the home, account for the comparatively few grammatical errors on their part and for a somewhat unusual vocabulary. Coming, as a rule, from homes in which the moral standards are high, they have had presented to them ideals of truth and honor and have developed a keen sense of justice.
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