THE OGLALA LIGHT,:
valuable as it takes little space and is easily added to from years to
years: Magazine cover illustrations are invaluable as decoratons
and illustrations in general lessons- Even some advertisements are
very artistic and can be used to advantage in language work. Have
a few good prints mounted and framed by passe partent, Hang these
permanently on t.ie walls and teach the children to live and admire
the best representation of each class of the pictures. Biblical his
torical, animal and ''still life pictures can be made to appeal strongly
to a child and to teach him love for artistic and beautiful things.
So closely united are pictures and stories that one without the
other is incomplete. A child sees a picture and his mind demands
a story to explain it. He hears a story and his mind creates a more
or less correct picture If we give him good pictures then we must
give him the gems in child literature. Fairy tales seem to satisfy
craving for something mysterious and wonderful. With the fairy
tales combine those of adventure, history, nature, and biblical char
acters. Tell a story with vim and originality, bringing out the point
strongly, but let the point sink in at its leisure. Don't spoil the story
by moralizing for children are quick to see a point and resent having
a moral picked out and handed to them.
Teach the child to love a good story and encourage him to read
them himself. Let him tell or re-write what he reads or hears read.
Original stories on favorite topics develope originality and strengthen
composition and expression. The teacher can select such stories as
will form a strong foundation on which the child can build his taste
for literature in later life.
Songs are merely a form of story set to music. If the musical
sense is not developed early in a child's life there is danger of the
sense becomming dulled and at last deadened entirely. Rhythm ii
the basis of all music and is easily taught to small children. Songs
cultivate the imagination, encourage sentiment, inspire reverence and
excite enthusiasm. In fact music developes the esthetic, ethical and
imaginative powers of the child. Singing in the school is a necessity
if we reach the highest aims in education.
Concert motion songs with small children overcome self conscious
ness, and gratify the childish love for dramatizing and display,
Games are of two general classes. (1) Educational games and (2)
Recreation games. Almost any school subject can be partially
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