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way of interpreting the new impression. These new impressions
should first be made through one or more of the five senses. Some experiences leave very vivid impressions, and some times intruction is so given that the impressions made are very vivid and so in either case are lasting: But more often the impressions are not vivid and lasting and to make them so drills must play this important part In struction must also be given so the child may see a reason for its being in other words it must be justified. If you know a thing will be of use you more readily work to make the thing or idea yours. Paths are made by repeatedly walking over the same ground so impressions and ideas are deepened and made lasting by going over them or better still by using them in different ways. "For practice makes perfect." If a fact is always presented in the same way the child becomes indifferent and pays no attention. His mind is not traveling in the desired paths. Drills should be conducted in a spirited and interest ing manner to keep the child's mind upon the desired point to be impressed. Each industry demands skilled labor these days. And skill or perfection in one's art or occupation is gained by repeated action until all the facultities and muscles are trained to work along their line with quickness and precision. This in teaching corresponds to drills which are given to develope or deepen impressions upon the brain so that we respond quickly and corxectly to given stimuli or suggestions. The mind and muscles act in close cooperation. One may be able to learn facts, that is they may be taken in by the mind but they are mere facts which are easily buried and become useless. Thus we find games, plays and busy work a very helpful way of drilling in our facts. Reviews should follow tests and should do their part in helping to make weak impressions clear and lasting. They should be conducted in a manner so as not to become tiresome to the child or its purpose is lost.. There being no especially new thoughts in the review lesson it should be clothed in a bright new phase of work or game so as to keep the child's mind upon it. Tests serve a very important purpose, they give the teacher a 12.