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Educational School Gardening and Handwork (1913)

Educational School Gardening and Handwork (1913)

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Books likely to be useful

Lessons on Soil, by Dr Russell ; Cambridge University Press. 1/6

This book deals with simple experimental work that can be carried

out in most schools. It is one of the Cambridge Nature Study books

and there are several other volumes in the series that might be

useful to the teacher.

Hand and Eye Training. Its principles and methods, by H.

Holman ; Pitman & Sons. 3/-. This book should be read by every

teacher.

Our Gountrifs Birds, by W. J. Gordon; Simpkin, Marshall & Co.

6/-. There are several more books in this series dealing with Mam-

mals, Fish, Butterflies, Moths, etc. The books are serviceable for

identification purposes.

The Romance of Wild Flowers, by Edward Step ; F. Warne &

Co. 6/-. The title sufficiently explains the object of the book.

Text Book of Elementary Botany, by C. Laurie; Alman & Son.

2/6. A work of a practical and experimental character.

Shown to the Children books, T. C. & B. C. Jack, contain some

works that would be welcome in any school library. The Look

About You Nature Study Books, by the same firm, are good and

helpful.

A Nature Study Guide, by Furneaux; Longmans & Co. 3/6.
A valuable book dealing with the practical side of nature study.

Lessons on Plant a-nd. Animal Life, by Dr Rennie ; University

Tutorial Press. 4/6. Deals with plant and animal life, and contains

just the kind of information which scholars should be taught to

observe. It is a teacher's book for school use.

Helps

185

Text Book of Agricultural Entomology, by E. A. Ormerod ;

Simpkin, Marshall & Co. 3/6. A useful reference work dealing

with small animal life.

Exercises in Nature Study. Stages I, II, III. Jas. Nisbet. 6d.

each. By means of questions a large number of interesting and

useful nature study problems are given.

Land and Freshwater Shells, of British Isles, by Ed. Rimmer ;

John Grant & Co., and Land and Freshwater Shells, Swan Sonnen-

schein & Co. Two books dealing with slugs and snails.

Iryurious and Useful Insects, by L. C. Miall ; G. Bell & Sons.

3/6. A useful work which deals more particularly with the anatomy

of insect life.

Wild Bees, Ants, and Wasps, by E. Saunders ; Routledge.

First Books of Science. Macmillan & Co. Zoology, 1/-. Botany,

1/-. Chemistry of the Garden, Cousins, 1/-. Horticulture, Dean, 1/-.

Geology for Beginners, Watts, 2/6. Useful books for teachers.

Principles ofHorticulture, by W. M. Webb ; Blackie & Co. 2/-.-

Worth a place in any teacher's library.

The Story of the Plants, by Grant Allen ; Newnes. 1/-. A

charming little book, dealing with non-technical botany from an

evolutionary standpoint. It deals vrith heredity, variation, natural

selection and adaptation to environment.

Moths. Vols. I and ii. South. Warne & Co. 7/6 each.

Butterflies.

6/-.

Splendidly illustrated works and up to date.

Weeds. Long. Smith, Elder & Co. 6/-.

Principles of Educational Woodwork, by Binns and Marsden.

G. Bell & Sons. 5/-.

Plant Study in School, Field and Garden. Bridges and Dicks.

Ralph, Holland & Co. 3/6.

'

Board of Agriculture Leaflets. Bound volumes of these are

recommended.

Memorandum on Nature Study and the Teaching of Science

in Scottish Schools. (Cd. 4024.) 3d Full of useful suggestions.

Suggestions on Rural Education, by T. S. Dymond, 1905. %d.

Memorandum on Principles and Methods ofRural Education.

1911. 3d.

186

Educational School Gardening

Suggestions/or the Teaching ofGardening. 1910. (Circular 746.)

Id.

HomeBottled Fruits and How to do Them. Harvey & Healing,

Cheltenham. 1/-. A practical manual on fruit bottling.

Rulesfor Judging at Flower /Shows, Royal Horticultural Society.

1/6.

The Marketing of Garden Produce, by R. L. Castle ; John

Lane. 2/6.

Origin and History of our Garden Vegetables. Rev. Prof.

Henslov?; Royal Hort. Society. 2/-.

Beetle Collector's Handbook.

Among the many helps a teacher should have at his command

books must necessarily take a leading place. A reference library,

either small or great, according as circumstances will allovp, is

a necessity. The above list of books has been given with the idea

of indicating some that are likely to prove useful. A complete or

exhaustive list has not been attempted. Public and other libraries,

vi^here available, should be made use of vfhere possible. In many

of our towns Public Libraries with Reference Departments exist,

and where such is the case, it is a splendid practice to send scholars

to such a department to find out any information required.

Books, however, while of great help cannot take the place of

personal observation and work carried out by an enthusiastic teacher.

The best knowledge must always be that which is achieved through

doing, whether by teacher or by pupil, and this can only be gained

by working through the subject one's own self, either alone or with

the scholars.

Teachers keen on educational progress would be well rewarded

by attending a Summer School such as is held at Scarborough,

Ambleside, etc. li does not much matter which subject is studied,

whether woodwork, cardboard modelling, brushwork, or nature study.

It is the inspiring and suggestive hints and ideas that are likely to

prove most helpful, for these are likely to bear upon any or all of

the subjects of the school curriculum. A month spent at a Summer

School inspires and renews enthusiasm.

In conclusion the teacher may well take to heart and cherish

the motto

:

Bisce ut doceas, "

Learn that ye may teach.''

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