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Comenius' School of Infancy

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CONTENTS.

 
 

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Translation of Die Mutterschule:

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Claims of Children: Why children are an inestimable treasure—How Jesus, the Great Teacher, honored them—Melanchthon’s tribute—Parents reflected in their children
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Obligations of Parents: Man the image of God—Development of a soul—Training in piety, morals, and knowledge
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Value of Primary Education: Growth implies training—Instructors for the youth—David a teacher—Instruction should be pleasurable
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Character of Early Instruction: Early tendencies—What training in piety, morals and language implies—Introducing the child to nature—Actions—Language
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Physical Education: Value of health—Preparation for motherhood—Suggestions for the care of the new-born child—Mothers should nurse their own children—Suitable food for infants—Medicines to be avoided—Bodily movements—An agreeable temper essential
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Nature and Thought Studies: Natural knowledge the beginning of wisdom—Study of plants, animals, and minerals—Optics—Astronomy—Geography—History—Economics—Political science—Stories and fables—Value of the knowledge of things
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Activity and Expression: The principle of activity—Imitation—Mechanical knowledge—Writing and drawing—Dialectics—Arithmetic—Geometry—Music
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Use of Language: Reason and speech—Beginnings of language—Rhetoric—Figures of speech—Poetry and its use
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Moral Training: Youth susceptible to moral instruction—It must be timely—Necessity of punishments—Temperance—Cleanliness—Respect for superiors—Obedience—Truthfulness—Justice—Benevolence—Industry—Patience—Courtesy
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Religious Instruction: First steps in teaching religion—Simple songs and prayers—Idea of God—Lord’s Prayer—Apostle’s Creed—Confession of faith and Ten Commandments—Other prayers
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Extent of Home Training: The mother the best teacher up to the sixth year—Evil effects of premature development—Indications of the child’s ability to do regular school work
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Preparation for the Public Schools: What the parents should do—How to arouse a love for the school and respect for the teacher—Gifts to the children—Benediction of parents
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Original:

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Translation:

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The author died in 1939, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 80 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.