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

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CHAPTER XX
Sequence of Exercises
In the practical application of the method it is helpful to know the sequence, or the various series, of exercises which must be presented to the child successively.
In the first edition of my book there was clearly indi­cated a progression for each exercise; but in the " Chil­dren's Houses" we began contemporaneously with the most varied exercises; and it develops that there exist grades in the presentation of the material in its entirety. These grades have, since the first publication of the book, become clearly defined through experience in the " Chil­dren's Houses."
SEQUENCE AND GEADES IN THE PEESENTATION OF MA­TERIAL AND IN THE EXERCISES
First Grade
As soon as the child comes to the school he may be given the following exercises:
Moving the seats, in silence (practical life).
Lacing, buttoning, hooking, etc.
The cylinders (sense exercises).
Among these the most useful exercise is that of the cylinders (solid insets). The child here begins to fix his attention. He makes his first comparison, his first selec­tion, in which he exercises judgment. Therefore he ex­ercises his intelligence.
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