Elementary School Curriculum. First Year: Manual Training
by Miriam C. Winchester - 1906
Aims Dr. Nicholas Murray Butler has said "Manual training is mental training through the hand and eye.'' In presenting this subject in our school, we aim to keep this fact constantly in mind; to preserve the balance between mental and motor activities; to use constructive work as a natural form of expression. Through the work undertaken we also aim to have the child realize that the school is a genuine form of community life, and that he is a member of that community. By developing common interests and needs with his classmates we hope to have him learn deference for the rights and opinions of others, to awaken a sympathetic cooperation and exchange of suggestions and helpful criticisms. Children come to be keen critics of each other's work, and yet are ever willing to help where it is needed. We find that honest criticism and appreciative comment often prove an encouragement to the timid child and an incentive to the slow and indolent one.
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