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ee her, she is engaged. Tell me what you want and will tell her."
But Sally was afraid to give him the precious bag, nd she held it closer to her and commenced to cry. ust then a little girl about her own age ran to the oor and pushed the big butler aside and said, “Little girl, what are you crying for?" and took her by the and and brought her in the house and took her into
beautiful drawing room, where everything was ink and gold and a very pretty lady was sitting 'eading.
Sally handed the lady the bag, and told her all about how she had found it, the lady was delighted and told Sally she was a good girl and that she would give her one hundred dollars reward and she handed the money to Sally, who had never seen so much money before. Then the lady said, "Would you like some pretty dresses? You are just the size of my little girl and she has half a dozen that she does not need." She rang the bell for the maid and presently the dresses were brought. Oh, such - lovely ones, prettier than Sally had ever dreamed of. Then the lady said Sally must be taken home in the automobile.
Sally said good-bye to the lady and the little girl and the big butler put her in the automobile. When Sally arrived home she ran up the stairs two at a time and when she showed her mother the money, and the box of pretty dresses, her mother said, "Sally, you see, Honesty is the best policy after all."
A FINGER PLAY
This is mother cat (hold up thumb)
Always watching near,
These little kittens (hold up four fingers) Never have a fear.
Mother hunts the mice, (move thumb slowly)
For mice are a treat
To funny little kittens
Who wish something good to eat.
Watch these little kittens
Scampering for a ball, (move fingers swiftly) Playing from morn till night,
Never tired at all.
When the little kittens run,
Do they make any noise?
No, not a bit,
Like the little girls and boys.
For their feet are cushioned
Like the softest down. (move fingers on table
Not even mice can hear them
When they run around.
LITTLE PIECES FOR LITTLE PEOPLE
Written for the Kindergarten-Prim. Mag.
MARY V. L. BURNTON
At the circus, yesterday,
An elephant walked round my way, And frightened me, a little bit;
I felt so small, when next to it.
But then I tried to look real bold;
MARY V. L. BURNTON
I used to think, and think and think,
And then I dreamed that I had wings
I had a nice race with the moon,
I played at leap frog with the stars,
But when the sandman came around
And 'woke from that dream glad to find
Prince was a dog, curly and brown,
Now, this dear dog was never bad,
He'd bring back sticks that the boys threw,
A lot of things this dog could do!
Prince would go swimming in the bay,
This was the way a bath he took;
They'd dig great caves in the white sand
By ALICE M. INNES, Blaine, Wash. Give me great powers of heart and hand More wealth of mind to understand; Great deeds and blessings I would sow, Help other lives to brighter grow.
More helpful every day to be
In this desire give strength to me,
A purer heart, more duty done,
Shall be my prayer from sun to sun.
By META SIEBOLT, 778 E. 6th St., St. Paul, Minn.
Gray clouds cov'ring up your face,
THREE NAUGHTY MICE
ANNA SCOTT KENNEDY Three naughty little mice Lived in a tiny hole. Their mother fed them rice, Which wrongfully she stole. One dark and stormy night
They quietly crept out, And ran with all their might, Looking carefully about.
These naughty little mice
Found a wee bit of cheese, Although it wasn't nice
They all three had to sneeze.
Soon these naughty mice
Spied a big and wicked trap; It caught them in a trice, With a very loud snap.
BY MRS. E. M. BURNTON
Shine away, you pretty star,
If you're up there, watching me.
Once a little star took flight,
For 'twas meant that it should stay
In that high and starry way;
In the place, just made for it.
So shine on, you pretty star
In the blue sky where you are, Or on earth, perhaps you'll fall And can never shine at all.
To teach choice a circle. They
of color. The children stand in choose one who runs round the outside of the circle with the basket of colored balls. They all sing. Tune "Twinkle, Little Star."
Violet and blue and green,
Which will you choose between?
Choose your color now in play.
The children in the circle pause and the child outside, asks any child to choose between two colors. He holds out two of the balls toward him. The child must name a color and take the ball of the color he names, or go out of the game.
The game continues as before. It is difficult for some children to distinguish colors, and for others to make a quick choice when two things are offered.
When all the balls are chosen the children holding them, run round the circle being led by the child and sing to the same tune.
Pretty balls we choose today
Roll them like the sphere in play,
Red and orange, yellow too,
Green, and violet and blue.
They roll the balls inside the circle and the child who catches the most becomes leader and skips round with the basket, as before.
Game based on "All Gone."
The children have an empty bowl which they pass from one to another in the circle as they are standing. They say,
All gone, all gone, put the bowl away,
The child who holds the bowl as they say the last word of the verse must turn it quickly upside down or go out of the game.
After the bowl has passed once around the circle, the last child holding it skips inside the circle saying,
Who will fill the bowl today?
Tell me, or I'll skip away.
Any child from the circle skips in, bows and names a breakfast food, and changes places with the child in the center of the circle. This little play
may continue for some time.
A glass may be used instead of a bowl next day and it may be "filled" with butter-milk, sweet milk,
cream, water, lemonade, etc.
3. School-Bell Game.
The children are in a circle, they may choose one child for the School Bell. He runs inside the circle with a little tea-bell. They sing. Tune "Lightly Row."
Hear the bells, hear the bells,
Be on time, that is the rule,
The School Bell tinkles her bell, calls any child, and they join hands and skip round the circle and back to their places (Having gone to school).
They sing the song again and the School Bell chooses another child to skip with her, etc., until all have skipped round.
They then clap hands saying,
Clap the hands, 'tis jolly fun,
They skip to their seats. For a special occasion the School Bell may wear a bell-shaped
crepe paper or a little cape.
By META SIEBOLT, 778 E. 6th St., St. Paul, Minn.
Little Miss Daisy nodded her head,
And whispered soft and low,
"Good night, dear friends, I must go to bed,"
Then sighed, "I am sleepy, oh!
So on the ground her leaves she spread,
And on them she rested her little white head
By META SIEBOLT, 778 E. 6th St., St. Paul, Minn.
Way up in the tip-top branches
Of an old oak tree
Lived Mr. and Mrs. Robin
And baby Robins three.
"Chirrup!" said Mr. Robin,
"Our babes must learn to fly."
"Spread wings, now ready,-try!"
Away flew Mr. Robin,
Then Mrs. Robin, see! !
No kindergartner should modify her patriotism to conform to any pro-allie sentiment there may be in her particular locality. Let her patriotism ring out clear and true. Teachers who are not loyal to our country in this time of greatest need should get out or be put out.
FROM TEACHER TO TRENCH
Little teacher of the one-room school, are you on the firing line? In this big work of food conservation what is your part? Are you going to help win the war by giving your own daily service?
If this message reaches you, and you stand up, face front, and join the "Soldiers of the Commissary," write to the Food Administration at Washington to say you have enlisted.
Do you remember the President's April message calling you to the "Service Army" that "notable and honored host?" This message has gone to you in many ways. Did you receive it? Perhaps you got it in the ten lessons on food conservation given at the summer normal. If not, yon can get the booklet from the Conservation Bureau, Food Administration, Washington, D. C. Study these lessons carefully and re-arrange them if necessary, to meet conditions where you will teach this winter.
Here is your part: You are to see that this message reaches every woman in your school district. First, get it by heart yourself. Then see that it reaches the home through school rallies, afternoon courses on food conservation timed to suit the women, and individual work in the home.
Many first aids are ready for you. The Department of Agriculture at Washington will send you, if you ask, a number of bulletins that will help you to teach your community food saving, food preserving and economical use of available foods. Other bulletins can be secured from your State Agricultural College. Next, get all the help you can from your state and local organizations for food conservation, and organize community work under their direction. Study all your material carefully before you begin work and determine just what should be the line of attack in your neighborhood. A rally and speeches will make a good start; but yours will be the hard follow-up work.
The course of lessons issued by the Food Administration will tell you definite and immediate things to do. Stick to fundamentals:
1. The wise and careful use of wheat, meat, butter fat, and milk.
2. Save by using something just as good for the family but not so much needed by our armies and allies-for instance; the use of other fats than butter in cooking, the use of other cereals for part of the wheat in bread, the free use of game, fish, poultry, eggs and cheese to reduce the demand for beef, pork and mutton.
3. Conserve all perishable foodstuffs of the farm by eating freely in season, and saving for out of season by canning, drying and preserving. Another valuable field of work lies before you in organizing all available agencies to stimulate the production of cattle, sheep, hogs and fowls. The question is not only to make the present food supply go around, but to increase production in 1918.
In taking the lead in your community, you will not
be doing something easy; but--the men in the trenches have a tougher job. Go at it, and help will spring to your side. Call in all the aids-the county superintendent, the county demonstrator, the president of the nearest bank, the preacher, and especially the women of your district-but depend on your own determination to help win this fight.
Every American teacher is needed as a volunteer member of the Food Administration. Your country calls you and will call until you answer, "Here am I.
A CHILD'S SONG
BY JENNIE HARRIS, 85 Chestnut St., Adrian, Mich.
Papa's, mamma's only joy,
Often whe my mamma's sad, And is feeling awfully bad,
I do try my best to ease her Every pain and every care.
And when papa comes in weary,
I just sing my little song,
So I'm going to try to keep
THE GLADDEST WAY
By CELESTA F. MARTIN, 1362 Third St., San Diego
"Just to carol brave and clear,
So the gray old world may hear, And be gladdened with your cheer, That's the gladdest way!"
The slander of some people is as great a recommendation as the praise of others.-Fielding.
Sincerity and truth are the basis of every virtue. -Confucius.
F. G. SANDERS, TORONTO, ONT,
THE PUBLIC SCHOOL AND THE
NATION IN 1917
MARY C. C. Bradford
State Superintendent, Denver, Colorado
The title of the subject under discussion this morning reflects the most vital reality in the life of present day America. To the inflexible test of results, it summons the one public institution in which Americans profess the most profound faith, and which NonAmericans have considered the supremely distinctive feature of the national development. A crucial time is this. How is America to meet the testing process? Will the Mighty Mother of over a hundred million people -America-find her children "arise and calling her Blessed?" Will she prove to the world of nineteen hundred and seventeen that America spells Adequacy, as in earlier years the magic letters of that significant name were interchangeable with opportunity? Does she stand as the Incarnate Will to Righteousness of all Humanity and the Incarnate Will to Sacrifice for all Mankind: Does the fluttering of her flags on the bloodstained soil of France mean the beating of pulses in over a hundred million American bodies-that beating attuned to the victorious music of mankind arising from the sepulchre of dead traditions; mouldering governmental and social forms into the sunlight of a rehabilitated world?
If so, it will be because the American public school has, in some degree at least, fulfilled the august task confided to it by the commands of Democratic government. And if, after this great War to End Wars, shall be over, America functions as the supreme idealistic force in the reorganization of the World, it will be because the public schools of Nineteen Seventeen have given to the people of the Nation a higher vision than the World has before seen,
This is the great task of the public school of Nineteen seventeen, this, the mighty effort which must be made by the school people of To-day. Their work it is to demonstrate the sacredness of the intellectual integrity of the Nation: to hold aloft the standard of straight thinking, incessant and consecrated work and to point out the necessity of the incorporation of mighty loving in the legislation and teaching of the present. A new vision must come to the school world of America, a vision that reveals it to itself as the moulder of the soulstuff of the Nation in the likeness of the ideal humanity, and to so fit the framework of educational activities that the translation of the ideal republic into the terms of practical Democratic living may speedily and beautifully be made effective.
Let us to-day, in this great meeting of the N. E. A. acting as representatives of the school people of the whole United States, offer ourselves to the Nation as one unit in the great army of those who stand ready to give all at the Nations' summons. As the body of people to whom is confided the guarding of the Grail of future citizenship, urge the President of the Republic to use us in some unified direct way in the present national crisis.
For the public school of Nineteen Seventeen is the Casket of the Grail, and the great army of school people forms its body guard. Let us examine ourselves searchingly and fit ourselves reverently for the high emprise of keeping safe and stainless the cup containing the draught commingled of thought and work and love, the immortal draught without which the National ideals must perish.
MANUAL OF GRADED BIBLE COURSES and HABIT, HEALTH AND FIRST AID OUTLINES for Use in Daily Vacation Bible Schools. Edited by Robert G. Boville and Jenny B. Merrill. Octavo, 142 pages. Boards. Century Co., N. Y. Issued by the International Ass'n. of Daily Vacation Bible Schools, 90 Bible House. N. Y. City.
This manual has been prepared with special reference to the needs of the teachers trained by the International Association for the purpose of reaching the innumerable children beyond the Sunday School pale, of whom there are more than 10,000,000 in the United States. But it is a book which will prove invaluable to all parents and teachers who realize the value of stories in the inculcating of right principles and motives, whether they be Bible stories or those from other sources, for the pages on the Psychology of the Child and the Psychology of the Story give a condensation of the latest teachings on these points, which is simple, yet definite and adequate, and will prove very suggestive to those who may not have had opportunity to study child Psychology at length. Mrs. C. C. Merritt of N. Y. City contributes this. Dr. Jenny B. Merrill, so long supervisor of kindergartens in N. Y. City, in addition to assisting Mr. Boville with the editoral work, contributes two fascinating courses of Bible stories, one for the kindergarten and one for the primary age, both giving stories in considerable detail. Miss Ruth Jenkins of Ottawa, Canada, outlines a course on Bible heroes, with a specimen lesson in full for advanced grades. J. W. Merrill D. D. of Chicago, gives a classification of 30 stories relating to the Temple with suggestions for the gradual construction of a model temple, and also a story-telling trip through Palestine. A practical course on habits and health is given by Mrs. J. R. Skillman of Louisville, and Dr. B. Raymond Hoobler of Detroit contributes a more extended course on health and first aid.
Being written with special reference to Bible School teachers there are given outlines for order of exercises in the schools, including physical exercises, singing, and various kinds of handwork. And also suggestion for principals of these schools with general advice on management and the like.
The work was founded in 1901 by Robert G. Boville, the present international director, for the purpose of bringing together idle children, idle churches, and idle students for community welfare on the East side. So well has the movement been responded to that there are now enrolled 47 nationalities, and the work is often continued into the winter. The children are kept off the streets in the summer, their hands kept busy, and as many Bible lessons taught in six weeks as a Sunday School does in seven months. There is now an international organization, with centers in most of our large cities including Canada, and with most of our important colleges cooperating.
Seventy-Five Composition Outlines; By Albert H. Miller, Instructor in Concordia Teachers College, Oak Park, Ill. Eighty-four pages. Price 40c. Published by The Miller Publ. Co., 511 Bonnie Brae, Oak Park, Ill. These outlines are adapted for pupils from fifth grade to the High School, but will be found very helpful to teachers.
The Cave Twins; By Lucy-Fitch-Perkins; 163 pages. Price 56c net. Cloth covers. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, New York and Chicago.
Pied Piper of Hamellin and Other Stories. By Alpha Banta Benson. Illustrated. 128 pages. Cloth. Price 30c. Ten most popular stories carefully selected and arranged for young readers.