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

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190             THE MONTESSORI METHOD'
advantage of being perfectly adapted to very young chil­dren.
These exercises of the stereognostic sense may be multiplied in many ways — they amuse the children who find delight in the recognition of a stimulus, as in the thermic exercises; for example — they may raise any small objects, toy soldiers, little balls, and, above all, the various coins in common use. They come to discriminate between small forms varying very slightly, such as corn, wheat, and rice.
They are very proud of seeing without eyes, holding out their hands and crying, " Here are my eyes! " " I can see with my hands! " Indeed, our little ones walking in the ways we have planned, make us marvel over their unforeseen progress, surprising us daily. Often, while they are wild with delight over some new conquest,— we watch, in deepest wonder and meditation.
EDUCATION OF THE SENSES OP TASTE AND SMELL
This phase of sense education is most difficult, and I have not as yet had any satisfactory results to record. I can only say that the exercises ordinarily used in the tests of psychometry do not seem to me to be practical for use with young children.
The olfactory sense in children is not developed to any great extent, and this makes it difficult to attract their attention by means of this sense. We have made use of one test which has not been repeated often enough to form the basis of a method. We have the child smell fresh violets, and jessamine flowers. We then blindfold him, saying, " Now we are going to present you with flowers." A little friend then holds a bunch of violets under the child's nose, that he may guess the name of
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