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“THE STUDY OF THE CHILD." The Study of the Child.-A Brief Treatise on the Psychology of the Child.

By A. R. Taylor, Ph. D. (International Education Series. Edited by William T. Harris, A. M., LL. D.) 16mo, pp. xliii, 215. New York: D. Appleton & Co $1.25. In the deluge of literature on the subject of child-study poured forth from the press in the last three or four years, one often wonders where to find just the right sort of a book to put into the hands of the parent or untechnical teacher. Dr. A. R. Taylor, president of the State Normal School, of Emporia, Kansas, now contributes a volume to the International Education Series which ought to go far toward supplying the want. In the first place, the author has a real appreciation of what the want has been, so he does not write on "child-study," but entitles his book, The Study of the Child. The distinction is real, and the difference is great. The question with the parent, and, indeed, with the teacher, ought to be, not "Am I a childstudent ?" but, "Do I know this child ?” A careful perusal of Dr. Taylor's chapters will unquestionably help the child's caretaker to this knowledge. A book upon an abstruse subject so simply and untechnically handled and withal so thoroughly up to our latter-day requirement, is a rare addition to the literature of education. The preface of the editor, Dr. William T. Harris, gives to each book in this series added value, but in this book he makes an important contribution, brief though it is, on the symbolic and conventional stages of mind in childhood, and on the process by which the child outgrows the symbolic stage of mind.” The editor also discusses some other philosophical points in the study of the mind of the child. Much has been said in some quarters recently about the formal introduction of “child-study”' into the teaching ranks of the Sunday school. Psychologies have sometimes unadvisedly been recommended as text-books in this supposed part of the Sunday school teacher's preparation. It would be well for Sunday school teachers who wish to pursue a psychological course to examine a book like Dr. Taylor's which will lead them into a conscientious inquiry as to how they can become better acquainted with the particular children in their particular care.The Sunday School Times.

I have today finished reading your “Study of the Child." I have found it a book of exceeding interest, and of deep discernment. It must make a large and controlling place for itself in its peculiar field. Let me thank you for the profit and delight which the book has given me.- Arthur B. Patten, pas. tor First Congregational rch, South Hadley, Massachusetts.

We are enjoying your work on "child-study" so very much, that our City Circle has decided to spend a whole year on it. We vote it the best and most practical book that has been in the State Reading Circle for years.—Supt. W. H. Olin, Ottawa, Kansas.

The Corner Book Store, Emporia, Kansas, has sold nearly two hundred copies of the book already.

The Study of the Childdeals with the general subject, expounding theories and laying down principles for the guidance of those who intend to occupy themselves with the study. The author says in his preface that his aim has been to bring the subject within the comprehension of the average teacher and parent, and that he has avoided technical terms as far as possible. Like the other volumes in its series, it has substantial value for those who are directly engaged in educational affairs. The author dwells upon the importance of observing children in every phase of their daily lives. “They must be studied," he says, “in their homes, in their plays, in the schoolroom, at their work, at their books, asleep, awake, alone, with their inferiors and their superiors, in moments of despondency

and in moments of triumph, wherever they may reveal themselves to us, and wherever we may be able to gain admittance to their real selves.” He continues by indicating that these observations suffice only for the diagnosis of the case, and proceeds to give practical suggestions for the correction of defects in the child and the stimulation of its mental activities. Several chapters deal with the nature and functions of the physical senses, with their relation to the developing mind, and the will and the emotions are successively discussed in much detail. In conclusion Dr. Taylor says: “The greatest direct educative force that can be brought to bear upon a child is sympathy; that sympathy that counts no sacrifice too great that may result in good to him; that sympathy that prompts an exhaustive study of his nature and of the various forces by which he may obtain to the stature of the highest manhood. pathy is the mother of patience and the inventor of devices. Its touch never chills, its resources never fail. If the study of the child does not quicken affection and interest for it, you are not called to its service, either as parent or teacher. If you are not moved to give it the best of your life, your work must in a large measure be vain. The great teachers have ever been men and women of warm hearts and of unselfish devotion." —New York Tribune.

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Can you do better than to take The Overland for 1899? Here are one thousand pages of the fresh, strong work of the men and women of the West, writers who have lived the life of which they write, and seen and felt the things they describe, and five hundred pictures the work of the most talented artists of a

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THE STATE NORMAL MONTHLY. in Kansas, and after?” His reminiscences of the twenty-nine

years of service in the cause of education in Kansas were in

teresting from beginning to end. The address was, frequently THE STATE NORMAL SCHOOL,

punctuated with characteristic humor and yet contained much EMPORIA, KANSAS.

food for reflection and profit. Though the president sees much A. R, TAYLOR

Editor still to be done in the way of the improvement of our public ELI L. PAYNE,........

Business Editor schools, he found many things to commend. He showed very

conclusively that we have not been walking backward. ComHELEN M. OLDHAM, '99..

...Lyceum CURTIS M. LOWRY, '00..

... Literati mittees were announced, the Modoc Club responded to several MINNIE K. WOHLFORD, '99

Belles - Lettres ALBERT M. THOROMAN, '99

encores, and "light conversation and laughter” held many of Philomathian

us there for a long time after. SUBSCRIPTION, FIFTY CENTS PER YEAR.

The report of the committee on school legislation occupied Entered in the postoffice at Emporia, Kansas, as secoud-class matter. the first hour on Wednesday morning, with vigorous and sug

#TAll orders for subscriptions and all inquiries concerning advertising gestive papers by Hon. Wm. Stryker, Superintendent C. G.
space should be addressed to

Swingle, Superintendent E. T. Barber, and Principal Wm. G.
Riste. The discussion was lively and well timed, in spite of

the absence of several superintendents assigned on the program.
Through budding trees the South Wind sighed

Mrs. W. A. Johnson, of Topeka, presented a valuable paper on And said: "In silence yet abide.

traveling libraries. She outlined the method in vogue in other Thy message for thy friend confide

states and explained what progress had already been made in To me, and take thine ease;

Kansas. The subject was new to many teachers present, and
And I'll repeat it word for word,
I'll sing it soft as note of bird,

the address will undoubtedly result in great good.
It will be welcome though deferred.”

Everybody regretted the inability of President Barrows to be Thus tempted me the Breeze.

present for the evening lecture. He wired that he was in the 'Neath burdened trees of Junetime fair,

hands of the grippe, but President MacDonald was fortunate A sunbeam glanced through fragrant air,

in finding a most satisfactory substitute in Bishop Vincent. And thrilled me as I slumbered there

The Bishop seems more at home among school teachers than And dreamed of thee, of thee.

among any other class of people, and “That Boy" was never “Stir not," it said with warm caress, Deep, fervent, wordless tenderness

discussed with more telling effect than on the evening of To her I'll bear." ... And I confess

December 28. “That Boy” is no fiction, but a real living I yielded languidly.

entity and everybody not only knows him, but is personally O’er leafless trees the Rain Cloud sailed;

interested in him. The forest, stript, her loss bewailed;

Thursday morning at nine o'clock, Director H. H. Belfield, In stillness deep the echoes failed,

of the Manual Training School, Chicago, read a fine paper on And hoar frost, like a shroud,

“Manual Training in the Public Schools.” Though he was in Enwrapt the wood and mountain ledge. “Wouldst thou thy friendships old repledge?

poor health, he succeeded in revealing many interesting things Send me, for words were sacrilege."

about manual training to the teachers present. Again the So spake the passing Cloud.

“discussers” all failed save one, though there were many subOn ghostly trees His Star shines clear.

stitutes present who kept up a running fire for half an hour. O Thou, whose natal hour is here,

At eleven o'clock, “Needed Improvements in Our Institute SysCome forth, and break the silence drear

tem” was discussed by President Taylor, Superintendent CowThat locketh Friendship Land. The South Wind's song, O Heart most dear,

drick, and others. It seemed to be generally agreed that some The Sun's warm touch, the Rain Cloud's tear,

plan should be devised, (1) for shutting out school children All these,- my love-lines of the year,

from attendance at the institutes, (2) for giving the instruction Now thou wilt understand.

a strictly professsonal trend, (3) for advancing the standard for Christmas, 1898. -Harriet Horner Louthan.

instructors and conductors, and (4) for revising the institute

work so as to articulate with the monthly teachers' meetings State Teachers' Association.

throughout the year. The thirty-sixth annual meeting opened in the high school Though perhaps over a hundred teachers had been compelled building at Topeka, on Tuesday evening, December 27, with to leave on the afternoon trains, a fine audience greeted Miss patriotic songs by the Modoc Club, the whole audience stand- Katherine Oliver on Thursday evening. Her readings from ing and joining in America. The address of welcome by Mrs. “The Little Minister” were intensely interesting and were Margaret Hill McCarter, of Topeka, was a rare bit in its way appreciated by everybody. When she touched the “Bonnie and was enthusiastically received. Little less happy was the re- Briar Bush” a great number of people seemed at home and sponse by Miss Edna Carpenter, of Howard. Both almost there was only regret that she could not give us at least half an entirely discarded humor and directed the teachers more to the hour with these fine pictures of Drumtochty life. profit to come from the gathering.

The various departmental meetings in the afternoon of each President Peairs introduced John MacDonald, the president day were well attended, in spite of the fact that the legislature elect, who took for his inaugural theme, “Twenty-nine years was in session and the city offered other attractions elsewhere.

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