The Parents' Review
A Monthly Magazine of Home-Training and Culture
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HOUSE OF EDUCATION.
EXAMINER'S REPORT. November, 1901.
During the past year no change has taken place in the staff of the House of Education, from the members of which I heard extremely interesting lessons.
Miss Stirling gave a lesson on "Sight," illustrated by dissections, and both the arrangement of the subject matter as well as the demonstrations were remarkably clear. In addition to acquiring information, the students witnessed a model of good teaching, which would enable them to impart as well as to acquire learning.
Miss Sumner, who teaches Drawing, gave a lesson on the effect of the different materials which the artist uses, contrasting by means of some two dozen photographs and engravings the various processes of wood engraving, etching, engraving on steel, wood carving, carving in stone, water colour, oil painting, drawing with pencil and crayon, and charcoal. The lesson was such as to help the students to examine works of art with greater pleasure and intelligence, as well as to improve them in the art of drawing. It is only half the task if children learn to draw without being shown how to appreciate works of art, and the students can learn from Miss Sumner both branches of art instruction.
The lessons in French and German were given with a skill which English students can only envy without hoping to attain.
The Physical Exercises were two kinds; one set is given by Sergeant Thomas, and includes marching, the use of the dumb bell; the other set was that which aims at grace of movement as well as muscular development. Both sets of Exercises have special advantages and supplement each other. The students also play Hockey and accustom themselves to take long walks.
Miss Hodgson has been in charge of the Nature Studies and the Manual Teaching. The Nature Note Books contained interesting records of the results of the results of excursions for the study of natural history, flowers, trees, and the like, and the notes were illustrated by coloured sketches of the objects recorded.
During the year a Botanical Garden has been arranged to illustrate the natural orders of plants. This most interesting addition to the Nature Work has been organised and superintended by the Rev. W. Tuckwell.
The Handwork has reached a high degree of finish, besides including a considerable variety of occupations, among which are leatherwork, basketwork, weaving, carving, needlework, embroidery, and fine knitting. The basis of accurate work is provided for by practice in Cardboard-Sloyd, which, besides forming an excellent training in exactness, leads up to the construction of very useful articles, as well as to Bookbinding.
The students will be able to assist children in their play as well as in their lessons, and to provide attractive and useful occupations for hours which are often spent either in ennui or excessive reading, or even mischief.
Miss Firth gave the students a lesson in Cookery, which left nothing to be desired in aim or method.
From the students I heard ten lessons which were given to the children in the practising school. The lessons were examples of excellent methods of instructing children from the first rudiments to more advanced studies. Much attention is paid to the best ways of introducing young children to Reading, Arithmetic, and Languages. One of the most interesting was a study of local Geography based upon a hand-made map.
In conclusion, I can assert without hesitation that the spirit and life of the House of Education are entirely satisfactory. The students learn how to give their lessons in the most interesting ways. All their studies have a practical end, namely, to teach with effect, and to fill the days of their scholars with sensible, useful and attractive studies and pursuits.
(Signed) T. G. Rooper, M. A., H.M.
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