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Hicks, Ada / Garment construction in schools

Young, S
Preface,   pp. [v]-vi PDF (637.9 KB)

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seeing in each of her young charges the possible future mistress of a home
of narrow means, is anxious that each girl shall leave school efficiently
pared to look to the ways of her household, so far as the skilled use of
and scissors will allow. 
    To such a teacher this book will be of great service. Its practical character
is apparent in every chapter. It is practical from the point of view of the
experienced teacher and of the hard-pressed mother of a family, both inured
in their different spheres of activity to the careful management of money
and time. The young and inexperienced teacher will perhaps find the counsels
given in Parts III. and IV. of the book, on the planning of schemes of work
and the method of presenting the various topics to a class, specially valuable.
It is easy to see that the book is the outcome of long, personal experience
as a teacher of the subject. On the one hand, questions of suitability of
material, the supply of good patterns, cost, etc., are considered and 
difficulties are anticipated and met. On the other hand, the subject is 
so handled from the teaching point of view, as to stimulate the learner's
interest and intelligence, because every teacher knows that successful teaching
depends not only on a clearly realised goal towards which efforts are directed,
but also on insight into the nature and needs of the child. Naturally, much
that is taught will be forgotten in the years immediately following school
days. The memory cannot long hold details of measurement of particular 
garments. But the child taught on the plan giyen in this book will have 
acquired such a lasting knowledge of principles, as will enable her to plan
construct garments under the actual conditions of life. Another valuable
feature of the book is the stress laid upon the choosing of pretty and dainty
materials and trimmings in the making up of the garments. It is sometimes
forgotten that the teaching of needlework gives opportunity for the training
of taste in the choice of clothes, a training sadly needed, as the crudely
and over-trimmed garments of the cheap shop testify. Besides, as the writer
points out, a child will work with much more zest at the pretty and dainty
article than at that which is dull and unattractive in appearance. 
     The teacher who, out of the fulness of her own experience, has written
a book that will be useful to fellow-teachers, is to be congratulated, and
writer of this book has certainly earned her meed of congratulation. 
                                                     S. YOUNG, 
                                                  Late Mistress of Method,
                                             Home and Colonial Training College.

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