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CHILDREN HAVE REAL GROCERY STORE IN
SCHOOL TO TEACH THEM ARITHMETIC
Doing Lessons by School Store Method.
Portland. Ore., March 2. "Good
morning, Mr. Cohen. How's busi
ness?" "Fine, Miss Mason! What can I
do for you today?"
''Well, I'd like a bacon', a can of
mustard and some lard."
"That'll be $2.55. Shall I deliver
"Yes, please. And if I'm not home
leave it on the porch."
"Yes, ma'am. Please pay the
cashier. Call again!"
"Mr." Cohen, 10 years old, is clerk
In one of several "real play stores"
conducted by children as an innova
tion in Portland's grammar gradei.
Two years ago he couldn't speak a
word of English.
"Miss" Wilson, 9, like the little
clerk, is a fourth grader.
Their store transaction was part
of the daily arithmetic, spelling, con
versation and courtesy lessons enact
ed across the school grocery counter
by hundreds of youngsters.
Serious as billy owls, and so deep
ly engrossed in this play-study that
they notice neither teachers noi
chance visitors, the boys and girls
almost have to be driven from the
tasks that were formerly irksome.