Nature-study Lessons for Primary Grades


DR. C. A. McMuRRY, who has written the introduction to this volume, is one of the chief recognised authorities in America on elementary scientific education, and, indeed, on elementary education in general, and since he has probably read the proofs and given a general approval to the text, the work may be regarded as being written by one having authority. The plan of the work is to take a series of animals and plants and to show how the lessons to be learnt from them may be taught to pupils of tender years, or rather how the pupils may be trained to find out the meaning of the lessons for themselves. Having-gained the confidence and attracted the interest of the pupils, the first object of the teacher should be to endeavour to foster and develop their own powers of observation and of drawing simple conclusions from such observations; and for this purpose the method adopted in the volume seems admirably adapted. Although it is not expected that all teachers will select the same objects for their texts, or that they should all follow by any means the same method of instructing, there can be no doubt of the advantage of having a list of those objects which appear most suitable for the purpose, and also of the benefits which younger teachers may derive from a perusal of the manner in which a more experienced member of their body handles her subject.

Nature-study Lessons for Primary Grades.

By L. B. McMurry. Pp. xi + 191. (New York: The Macmillan Co.; London: Macmillan and Co., Ltd., 1905.) Price 2s. 6d. net.

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L., R. Nature-study Lessons for Primary Grades . Nature 72, 483 (1905).

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