Some water colors are now made which are harmless for children so young that they are likely to put the paints in their mouths. Paints are on the whole less objectionable than colored chalks, because the crayons drop upon the floor and get trodden into the carpet. If children are properly clothed as they should be in simple washable garments, there is practically no difficulty connected with the free use of paints, and their educational value is, of course, very high.
The following questions constitute the “written recitation” which the regular members of the A.S.H.E. answer in writing and send in for the correction and comment of the instructor. They are intended to emphasize and fix in the memory the most important points in the lesson.
STUDY OF CHILD LIFE PART II
Read Carefully. In answering these questions you are earnestly requested not to answer according to the text-book where opinions are asked for, but to answer according to conviction. In all cases credit will be given for thought and original observation. Place your name and full address at the head of the paper; use your own words so that your instructor may be sure that you understand the subject.
1. State Fichte’s doctrine of rights and show how it applies to child training. If possible, give an example from your own experience.
2. What is the aim of moral training?
3. What two sayings of Froebel most characteristically sum up his philosophy?
4. What is the value of play in education?
5. What are the natural playthings? Tell what, in your childhood, you got out of these things, or if you were kept away from them, what the prohibition meant to you.
6. What do you think about children’s dancing? And acting?
7. Do you agree with those who think that the Kindergarten makes right doing too easy? State the reasons for your opinion.
8. What can you say of commands, reproofs, and rules?
9. Should you let the children help you about the house, even when they are so little as to be troublesome? Why? If they are unwilling to help, how do you induce them to help?
10. What would you suggest as regular duties for children of 4 to 5 years? Of 7 to 8 years?
11. Which do you consider the more important, the housework or the child?
12. Wherein may the mother learn from the child?
13. What is the difference between amusing children and playing with them? What is the proper method?
14. Mention some good rules in character building.
15. From your own experience as a child what can you say of teaching the mysteries of sex?
16. Are there any questions you would like to ask, or subjects which you wish to discuss in connection with this lesson?