Young Folks Treasury - Ideal Home Life - online book

A valuable and well-organized system for homeschooling
3 to 12 years.

Edited By Hamilton Wright Mabie, Edward Everett Hale, William Byron Forbush,
Published By The University Society Circa 1919

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I DEAL HOME LIFE is chock full of practical suggestions for home happiness. The first division, "Home Plays for Little People," gives a lot of ideas for plays and games about the house for children from babyhood up to ten or twelve years of age. The baby cannot read this, of course, but mother can tell the baby what to do, and she can show the older children how they may do the things that are described here. Some of the school­children will enjoy reading about "Magic Cities" and Bottle Dolls themselves. "Home Amusements for Everybody" gives a big grist of indoor and outdoor games, puzzles, tricks, and conundrums. Right after this you are told how to get up a party and use these plays. "When Young People Get Together" also describes the popular boys' and girls' clubs of the day. The next three sections are all about making the most of the home itself. "Making Our Home Beautiful" describes how the rooms, the music, the pets, and the guests all contribute to our happier living. "Enjoying Each Other" gives novel ideas about meal-time, evening play, stormy Saturdays in the house, and tells how to travel together and how to have a family camp. "Our Home Library" suggests the best books with which to start the home collection, and how to use them. Perhaps the most valuable and interesting portion of the volume to many of our readers is "Home Handicraft." A group of teachers of manual training in one of the most beautiful cities of America interested their boys and girls by telling them they were going to prepare these articles and sketches to be read by tens of thousands of their young fellow-country­men, and they spent a whole winter in working out these home-made toys and implements. So we know that these are the things young folks like to make, and that you can make them yourselves by these directions. "Making Money At Home"—how many of us want to do it! And this section tells how it has been done. A later portion is devoted to the fascinating subject of growing strong and beautiful. Some pretty-well-known authorities tell you how to go through systematic exercises and how to train for athletic sports. The volume closes, appropriately, with over sixty "Reading Journeys for the Home"' which open up the riches of the whole Treasury both to parents and children. First come the portions that the mother will want to read to the child who is not old enough to read for himself. Then come the depart­ments that interest those who are in the elementary grades of school. Finally are given the topics that our young people will most care for. These graded courses make it easier for each child to find what is most suitable to his own taste and development, and show him that all the interest of the set is confined to no single volume. We expect that parents will recognize this as a valuable feature in a well-organized plan for home education.

Notes: that in order to retain the page numbers as in the book I have moved the full page illustrations to the back ot the book sarting at page 672.