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Reynolds, Annie / The training of teachers for the country schools of Wisconsin

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 iii turn teach their pupils how to introduce people easily and graciously.
   (2) Behavior at table. It may be a revelation to let the students
 ;,sk questions regarding table manners. Even the keeping of the
 knife in subjection to the fork may be new to them in practice.
 such topics as the passing of food to others and the cordial recog-
 nition of late comers to a meal on the part of those already at the
 table, may be taken up in connection with the work in domestic
   (3) The sharing of leisure with others. Let hospitality be praised.
 ILet training students be given memories of active participation In
 lively games and frolics. Discuss with them the ideal hostess, and
 the ideal guest, and give them opportunities to get practice along
 this line. Discuss with them the happiness that comes from gra-
 viously acknowledging and unobtrusively giving gifts.
 (4) Cultivating a democratic attitude. Friendship comes naturally
 from acquaintance, but the latter needs stimulation. Let training
 teachers call on the students and suggest that they call on one
 another. Those who most need this relaxation may not respond to
 the first suggestion, so teachers should persevere until every girl has
 talked informally with every other girl who is to graduate with her.
 Certainly a service will have been rendered to country communities
 if the country women of the future hold themselves ready to con-
 tinually enlarge their circle of acquaintances.
 (.5) The signi ffcance of a good home in the after life of every young
 person. A series of talks may well be planned on the essentials of a
 home. Help students to arrive at a concept which may In part be
 worded thus: A home is a house In which people, who are generally
 near relatives, live. It should be well-built, well-aired, well-lighted,
 well-cared for, and of proper temperature. It should contain books
 and pictures displaying taste In selection; It should have at least a
 few well-cared for plants; It should delight its Inmates by disclosing
 as much beauty in furniture, table service, and furnishings as the
 family can afford. Above all, the people forming this household
 :hould care for one another and should so show their affection that
 he children brought up in such a home may be strengthened and
 encouraged as they look back upon It.
 (6) Cautions as to forms rudeness may take. It is a good thing to
 ;uggest that since it is women who give direction to the manners of
 a country, it is incumbent on every young woman to become ac-
 Auainted with the causes of seeming rudeness; haste, preoccupation
 ind thoughtlessness are unlovely traits which the students will
 gladly avoid if they are cautioned against them and are practiced
 n choosing better manners.
 (7) Other indispensable topics. Any training teacher who becomes
 interested in the subject will think of other topics pertaining to con-
fluct which are well worthy of discussion. The few mentioned here
ire given only as illustrations. It is helpful to ask the student such
questions as these: What are the characteristics at a lady? What

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