A Study of Child-Nature From the Kindergarten Standpoint

Paperback | January 10, 2012

byElizabeth Harrison

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1890. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER V. THE INSTINCT OF CONTINUITY, OB THE TRAINING OF THE REASON. What is it that gives the attraction to such rhymes as, "This is the house that Jack built?" Is it not that each step in this nursery tragedy is seen clearly to proceed out of the previous one and to develop into the succeeding one? What is it which makes the child ask at the end of a story, "What became of the little dog?" or, "What did the mamma say then?" Does not the question plainly show the child's dislike of endings, or isolations? Why do all children listen with delight to stories of when they were babies, or, better still, of when mamma was a little girl, or papa was a little boy? Is it not that this gives to them the continuity of their little lives, or that of the parent's larger life? Have not the magic words "Once upon a time," "A long time ago," the same fascination for the very reason that they show him a connection with the remote past? How a boy's face lights up when one begins to talk with him about what he is going to do when he gets to be a man! The thought links him 90 with the mysterious future. What is the attraction which the steady, neyer-stopping pendulum of the clock has for the child? It marks the continuity of time. Have you never soothed the restless fretting of a baby by calling his attention to running water or falling sand? This is the continuity of motion. "The earliest cradles of the race were rocked in rhyme to sleep," sings the poet. It is the measured accentuation of sound in melody that has such charm for the child; all simple rhythmical measurement of music is a delight to him. Without doubt this is the secret charm in "Mother Goose" which has held enthralled generations of little listeners. . So keen is the child's enjoyment of continuity in sound...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1890. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER V. THE INSTINCT OF CONTINUITY, OB THE TRAINING OF THE REASON. What is it that gives the attraction to such rhymes as, "This i...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:36 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.07 inPublished:January 10, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217152503

ISBN - 13:9780217152501

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