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Kindergarten Education: Stories and Story Telling for Kindergarten and Primary School

by Mary D. Runyan - 1904

For no part of her work does the kindergartner need more careful preparation than for the story-telling, and up to a few years ago no part of her preparation was more neglected. The stories hold an important place in the weekly program, serving as the introduction to the study of literature in the later grades, and furnishing often the touch of inspiration needed in the developing of an idea. They afford our best opportunity for bringing into the matter-of-fact and necessarily literal work of the school or kindergarten the uplift of ideality, and they play a large part in the creating of a spiritual atmosphere. Besides all this, the moral force of a story, setting forth in an artistic and enticing form beautiful ideals, is impossible to estimate. In fact, this form of moral influence is the very strongest and most effective one with young children. The purpose of conveying information through the stories is the least important one, but has its occasional place. The student needs first of all, then, a broad range of material from which to select; next, in order that her selection may be wise and appropriate, she must be given the right attitude toward this part of her work, and, lastly, her literary taste and dramatic sense must be cultivated, so that her presentation will be artistic and effective

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 5 Number 5, 1904, p. 32-48
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 9814, Date Accessed: 1/18/2020 3:07:05 PM

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