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11 U'iMr'! H-'i I'!! velopmcnt of an appropriate color scheme. "When the buildings have been properly installed, painted and thoroughly completed, un der ideal conditions the interested observer beholds a model commu nity of miniature farm homes with mimic field of waving grain and re sembling a most prosperous township. It is called school county and i these embryo citizens have their local and township organizations and hold their school and other elections at the regular times. In this manner they are taught discipline, practical civics, sociology and economics in a way that appeals to their interests through their play instincts. USING IMITATIVE SENSE. The desire to handle things, make things in imitation of their elders and to be helpful in doing things worth while, is commom to all nor mal children. This fundamental principle is utilized in all the act ivities of the model farm plan to foster and cultivate the homing in stinct: to facilitate the acquisition of useful knowledge and power in the most economical way. The demand for knowledge on the part of the child should precede its acquisition. For this reason, the library method of using books is employed. The children are taught 1 to use books to assist them in solving problems growing out of actual life situations. An interesting illustration related by Mrs. Sherry: "A frame eleven feet square was needed to measure and mark the fields," she said. "Four boards were fastened togather at the ends by as many nails. To square the frame was the problem. A stick was procured and three lengths measured on one side of the angle at one corner. Four lengths on another board to form the brace. These were joined and the frame securely nailed and braced. "In this way, while their momeries are wax to receive impressions and like marble to retain them, these children acquired a practical knowledge of the Pythagorean theorem. These farms are to be cultivated and improved for twelve successive years or from the ages of 6 to 18 years. They are miniature experiment stations among the environments where the children will most likely make their homes and their living. They are to their future home lives 7.