Practical hints on infant school work, by an experienced examiner [A.W. St. John].

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Page 10 - ... allowing for the special circumstances of the case, and having regard to the provision made for (1) suitable instruction in the elementary subjects, (2) simple lessons on objects and on the phenomena of nature and of common life, and (3) appropriate and varied occupations.
Page 10 - That all such scholars whose names have at the end of the school year been on the register for the last 22 weeks during which the school has been open must be presented to the inspector for examination.
Page 51 - It should be borne in mind that it is of little service to adopt the "gifts "and mechanical occupations of the Kindergarten unless they are so used as to furnish real training in accuracy of hand and eye, in intelligence and in obedience.
Page 70 - The exercises, if completed so far as to furnish a proper test, will satisfy the requirements of the cxamimUion. 3. It is desirable that as a rule, and when the numbers in the Standards are sufficiently large, the whole of the exercises should be given. You should therefore divide the scholars in each standard examined into as many groups...
Page 4 - ... to bring up the children in habits of punctuality, of good manners and language, of cleanliness and neatness, and also to impress upon the children the importance of cheerful obedience to duty, of consideration and respect for others, and of honour and truthfulness in word and act.
Page 71 - Great attention should be paid to evidence of carefulness in teaching ' joinings ' and ' fastenings ' on and off, and to general neatness of finish. 8. In cutting out, more credit should be given to correct proportions and useful intelligent work than to elaborate or trimmed paper models. This applies more particularly to the cutting out that may be shown as part of the work of the year. 9. It is of great importance that teachers of all grades should give evidence of their power of teaching needlework...
Page 37 - Infant school should provide a regular course of simple conversational lessons on objects and on the facts of natural history, and a proper variety of physical exercises and interesting employments.
Page 70 - IV. would be divided into five groups, and each of the five exercises would be worked in one of the groups. 4 Suitable needles, cotton, thimbles, and scissors, if not given out beforehand, should be in readiness for distribution with the other materials, so that time may not be lost at the examination.
Page 73 - Book if the child is readmitted in the course of one school year. 4. No child's name should be removed from the register on account of absence for any period less than six weeks (except in case of death) unless the managers have ascertained, or the school attendance officer reports, that the child has left the school or neighbourhood. 5. This register should show distinctly for each child in the school (a) its number on the register...
Page 9 - Grants are made to Infant schools and classes under this and the two following articles ; and every school or class to which a grant is made under these articles is an infant school or class.

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