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From fourth to ninth grades, the
children make their problems fas
cinating and understandable, by
transacting them into terms of every
day life through the school store.
Fractions mean so many pounds
pf sugar at so much per pound with
a cash discount of 5 percent Addi
tion, the totaling of items on the
sales slip that accompanies pur
chases. The value of" mental arith
metic is proven by rapid' and proper
' making of change. Spelling, the
identification of objects by their
names a certain brand of tomatoes,
If Ruth or Jennie or Mary ask
"Mr." Willie Cohen for a definite
brand of noodles, and Cohen, because
of faulty spelling, cannot identify
that brand, he's liable to be super
ceded as storekeeper, a highly cov
And so they are beginning to gath
er what "school Is all about. How
"lessons" are applied, v
There's no playing "hookey." No
terrible hatred of school here!
t . "Children's lives," explained Supt.
of Schools Alderman, "are keyed to
v action. Words mean little to them.
Learning by acting is interesting and
leaves lasting impressions."
"The advance of heretofere back
ward children," added Miss Porter,
principal of Failing school, "has been
little short of marvelous under this
A number Of Portland's schools
have these play stores, with counters
and shelves, cashier's desk, weighing
and measuring apparatus and a stock
of dummy goods supplied free by
Jbcal merchants. The "money"- is
paper printed in various denomina
"Sure I like school!" confided
Storekeeper Cohen. "All of us kids
do. I can niajce change ftfr every
thing, and know a lot about frac
tions and decimals already. It's easy
to learn this way. And fun, too!"
While certain children, selected by
the teachers, buy bacon and beans
" and lard from the class storekeepers,
the rest of the youngsters are given
tlifese transactions as problems. They
work them out on sales slips "just
like a real store."
Teachers, parents and taxpayers
are immensely enthused about this
innovation, and the principle of
"learning by dqmg" is to be given a
much wider scope.
"Why, school's v more fun than
bumming around down town!" said
"Mr." Cohen, with the solemn air of
having made a surprising discovery.
And Cohen knows, because he sells
newspapers after school.
Soak iy2 pounds of inch-wide flat
macaroni 1 hour in cold water and
then drain off. Boil 20 minutes, add
ing a small pinch of salt. Grease a
4-inch deep round baking pan with
goose-fat, pure leaf lard or butter
and place a layer of the boiled maca
roni, 1 inch deep, at the bottom.
Sprinkle with 1 tablespoons of
granulated sugar, mixed with a little
powdered cinnamon and a few drops
of essence of lemon; cover with a
well beaten egg and 2 tablespoons of
melted butter; repeat with another
layer of macaroni, sugar and egg.
For the top layer of the pudding beat
the egg, sugar, cinnamon and lemon
together and add the melted butter.
Plae it jn a quick hot "oven for 40.
minutes, covering with soaked paper
so it will not burn. Raisins and cur
rants may be added to each layer to
improve the flavor.
Macaroni and Cheese.
Boil macaroni in salt and water
until tender; put a layer in a buttered
pudding dish, add a layer of grated
cheese, season with butter and pep
per; then add another layer of maca
roni and so on until the dish is nearly
full. Finish with a layer of cheese,
put in enough milk almost to cover
all and bake 40 minutes.
Boil half a package of macaroni