|Publisher:||Creative Media Partners, LLC|
|Product dimensions:||6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.44(d)|
Read an Excerpt
CHAPTER III. THE MIND. THE INSTINCT OF POWER, OR THE TRAINING OP THE EMOTIONS. Old Homer, back in the past ages, shows us a charming picture of Nausicaa and her maidens, aEter a hard day's washing, resting themselves with a game of ball. Thus we see this most free and graceful plaything connected with that free and beautifully developed nation which has been the admiration of the world ever since. Plato has said, " The plays of children have the / mightiest influence on the maintenance or non- maintenance of laws;" and again, " During earliest childhood, the soul of the nursling should be made cheerful and kind, by keeping away from him sorrow and fear and pain, by soothing him with sound of the pipe and of rhythmical movement." He still further advised that the children should be brought to the temples, and allowed to play under the supervision of nurses, presumably trained for that purpose. Here we see plainly foreshadowed the Kindergarten, whose foundation is " education by plav-Ily as the study of the Kindergar- ten system leads to the earnest, thoughtful consideration of the office of play, and the exact value which the plaything or toy has in the development of the child ; when this is once understood, the choice ofjvhajtoys to give to children is easily made. In the world of nature, we find the blossom comes before the fruit; in history, art arose , long before science was possible; in the human ) race, the emotions are developed sooner than the reason. ( With the individual child it is the same ; the childish heart opens spontaneously in play, the barriers are down, and the loving mother or the wise teacher can find entrance into the inner court as in no other way. Thechild's sympathies can be attracted towards an object, person, or line of conduct, much ea...