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Scientific Methods As Applied To Child Education In "the Children's Houses"

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146             THE MONTESSORI METHOD
pieces are boned and therefore correspond to the little bodices worn by the peasants in Italy.)
Six: two pieces of stuff to be fastened by means of large hooks and eyes.
Seven: two pieces of linen to be fastened by means of small hooks and worked eyelets.
Eight: two pieces of cloth to be fastened by means of broad coloured ribbon, which is to be tied into bows.
Nine: pieces of cloth laced together with round cord, on the same order as the fastenings on many of the chil­dren's underclothes.
Ten: two pieces to be fastened together by means of the modern automatic fasteners.
Through the use of such toys, the children can prac­tically analyse the movements necessary in dressing and undressing themselves, and can prepare themselves sep­arately for these movements by means of repeated exer­cises. We succeed in teaching the child to dress himself without his really being aware of it, that is, without any direct or arbitrary command we have led him to this mastery. As soon as he knows how to do it, he begins to wish to make a practical application of his ability, and very soon he will be proud of being sufficient unto him­self, and will take delight in an ability which makes his body free from the hands of others, and which leads him the sooner to that modesty and activity which develops far too late in those children of to-day who are deprived of this most practical form of education. The fastening games are very pleasing to the little ones, and often wThen ten of them are using the frames at the same time, seated around the little tables, quiet and serious, they give the impression of a workroom filled with tiny workers.
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