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YARALLA BREAK-UP. [ Kindergarten, a German word meaning "garden of children." is th,> name given " by Friedrich Froebel to a. hind of "play- ' school invented by him for furthering the ' physical, moral, and intellectual growth of young 1 children."' Froebcl's observation " of the development of organisms and Ms fondness for vialogies drawn from trees 1 and plants made liim attach especial ini- ■ portaucc to our earliest venrs, Years in : which, as he said, lies th* tap-root of | much of the thought and feeling of after I life. Although th-j analogies had conftantly. hc*?n referred to before Froebei's days I"' First the blade, then the ear, then the full coni to vlie. car"), and Bacon. • speaking of education, had said that the • gardener bestows thn greatest care on xl.". , young plants, the Renaissance left the . imparting theory of education so firmly ' fixed o;i the mind 0 f Europe for 2CC ■ years that the developing theory could i hardly get a heniini-. and little whp done i to reduce it to practice. Froehd's idea ••! . the kindergarten differed essentially from . thai of the infant school. Ho maintain:"! ' that there was something to do for voung children which even the ideal mother ii: the ideal family could not do. The chiid required to be prepared for society bv being early a.--soebted with its eqria's': , and children thus brought together migh'. have their employments—especially their chief employment, play—so organised for them as to draw out their ■capacities of feeling and thinking, and even of inventing and creating. These, then, are (he underlying principles of what, are gradually recognised as a. very necessary part of a child's education. In different parts of the Dominion so-called kindergartens hare been established, bet many "of these are noi, based on any yysiem. and are probably noted for their lack of system. In son:'" of the principal cities and towns of tin Dominion, however, the work has I>ecr. systematise!, and associations formefl \- cany on the good work of which Froebd laid the foundation. Notable amongst these is the Dimedin -Association, winch has throe "play schools." One of these, the Yaralln. which conducts its operations in the- gynnrisium of th<» .Albany Street Public School, closed the year's duties yesterday, and bad what is generally luvuvrr as a "break-up." Before one approached thn building he was struck by the sight of little tots rniiL'iiiLr in age from three to five years, attired in tlv.'ir beet "bib and tr.rkejj" One, however, did not require i this < xtcnial cvidi-nre to convince him th; t | something out of she usual was about, to take place. The iiithi tots were radiant with Mipp:e-scd cxi iterneTrt. In the building itself a happy scene wet the gaze. A large Chi it mas tree occupied, the centre, of the floor, and on i! Merc hung, not toys. jas o;io wo'ild uatuially suppose, hut a j number of ivrfnl articles, which bore tee I impro.-s of " Jioinc niaii'." .u;d. wonderfii.' I to relate, the w<vk f.f the pupils of i!if kindergarten. As Miss Kolsey, the pre-i dent, explained, the lnfanis have for ucel.s past, been preparing for the decoration f j this v.i.i.'d.'ihi! ( hristioas tree. Here one save campho!' bags, daintily done up ami tied with ril bons. tr-rvietto. rings. ealordars. and pidi'ics of ■'th" three wise men in the ca.=»." There ycre *uflicionl, of these articles on !;)•• tree to permit ei" each infant's parent;, having one. The that th'- parenrs w. :i to'be so favored was sunp'iscil to have ben kept a profound sr cret frnil the prospective rocipic.'ifi-. luil then- are good reasons inr be. I lie-vin_ r that the .-cerci had gone beyond the school walls. A: a suitable interval there Cl.uis gifts were distributed, and each little tot ve ■•■• :.con to run proiidiv to his or her mother and hand over t!:< gift?. At a I;'t;v :t::ge isiw of the Icachev: 1 —attir'-d in appropriate robes, ;ir.d cany ling the oiihod'c; Sania Clans (sark—caie- ! forward, and deposited a large ball j a miniature foldine i»ra!i). aid a parlor quoit ;.'t. These, i' is understood, arv inI tended to b- i.s.-d iv the children whiblat - school." lr,n';,edi;iteiy .■ijttrv.ard^ j Santa Claue. niadi' " iu.i' " rea)ipe.'iran^v, ; and made a : .-. :m-i;.I <!isii-;bu:io,i of loy.-, j IVHtcll, ;o '.lie 0. il.'il! of the illi'.-llllS. I \- .-,, -i.i-Me nt-rval Mis', Kclsv'- ! called itpoi, ?.'!■ I Mn; ,'in Weight 'oaddrer •a few wnds :■, th • ehi;dr-n and the *'. ,'or 50 miiilea-., ;ne-.-e,.i Mr Wright <-\ I pp'SJ-ed j:''asie.' a' 'lie aiipfirra-nci; of 1 11-1 'room, tin- !ie;>:; : ,y ivu.iits. th" Jar go nuiiii iV'i'oi' rriotlier.- a;;-l babi'-s nreseijt, and th-. | work do: ■ i.;e t'.i.' infants. He oomph ' rrn'r-ted tii- -i.-i.-hii-.-- on tiic result of th • | year's avi wi.-h>;4 teachers ;;iid I tan-lit a. pi-'aoot I: liday. Mii-s K.-i-e--. in .'.''.dr-.vsing the. |]iicsriit. r.-ierie.i iu ihe i-xccllcnr. '.veil, | <lori" bv t'.e litti-- n'M's. and i nyitiVr' to the little Santa Clan- ; gifl .-lie hsd r. e.-iv,d She fhank.'d tin : Faiitield < inh !<•;• their gift of the three : tovs foi ii-e in the kiridergaiten. ! "Mr .I. R-'iiiiic. bead master of th:> Ai--1 banv Sr.-i School. c.,nrratula.tcd the .".« 1 social ion and t!.<i feacliers of "Yaralla" on tiie stii'ce--!u; n suite aclii«-.\--d. Ii- <-'.- the wi-h tliat, i!ie latt'-r wonJd i»t'.un to their duti:.-. benefited !>y their vacation. liming tin' tnoriiing various action and iriteres'.iug )•■■ rfai-inanecs woe yivt:-n by lb- ii;fa:.ts. .'dise-e.- Uritkeil. lyewifrham. ni.<l Islip and teach rs assisting. Ti-.e hall was t:: -•"•fully doeorat-ed, and a I'liion .lack was susj ond'.'d near the d'ioe. and was salut/v! by each little tot as U rcaisel irr--truly an inspiring .sight, and "ail t';'> more pk-asirig owing to the abs/'iK " of artiiif laliiy. An inU'T-viinc cereriiorry was concluded with the singing of :i. pretty little- ditty entitled 'ficr-d-byf:.' Miss Mip playing tlui accompaniment. The b:,-nd of sj-mpatliy eyistinL' lxnwe.rn K-achers and taught, ai;«! thfl natural manner in wlrich the proceedings wore carried oivt, ivflect credit c:i thi teachers, and lvutet ha,ve given intenro pleasure to the pexsicleut, Miss Kclsey, ai>; l:er who oecupicd psats at thf front of the building'- May kindergarten work continue to proper.

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KINDERGARTEN WORK, Evening Star, Issue 15671, 9 December 1914

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KINDERGARTEN WORK Evening Star, Issue 15671, 9 December 1914