ERIC Number: ED542236
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1933
Reference Count: 0
Group Activities for Mentally Retarded Children: A Symposium. Bulletin, 1933, No. 7
Martens, Elise H., Comp.
Office of Education, United States Department of the Interior
In every school system the education of mentally handicapped children presents serious problems. In the larger cities where such pupils may be gathered from the various classes in the school and placed in one room in charge of a specially prepared teacher, the problems are somewhat simplified. In the country schools where children cannot be so easily classified according to handicaps, or even according to grades, the problems become most serious. One of the chief difficulties in dealing with mentally retarded children, whether in urban or rural schools, comes from the lack of materials of instruction. During recent years the Office of Education has been giving some attention to this problem. This compiler of this bulletin, Dr. Elise H. Martens, has visited classes for exceptional children in a number of cities and States in which they are being successfully conducted, and, with the help of a number of teachers whose names appear in connection with the projects they have developed, has collected a number of fully tested group activities. They include activities concerned with community life in the home and in the city, the food market, child care, a project in manicuring for the older girls, a study of trees, a natural history museum, etc. The activities selected are those related closely to the life of the communities in which mentally exceptional children live and in which they must eventually find a place economically and socially. This collection of group activities presented in this bulletin suggest approved methods for educating children of limited mentality. Following a letter of transmittal and an introduction, this bulletin covers the following topics: (1) Community Life: (a) The Home (Elizabeth Werner); and (b) Our City (Mary Laughlin); (2) The Food Market (Elizabeth Kelly); (3) Food for Boys (Ada M. Whyte); (4) Child Care (Julia Lyons, Gertrude Jarm, Florence Page, and Beatrice Zdara); (5) The Nursery Party (Gladys May Maclin); (6) A Project in Manicuring (Florence Meabrod); (7) Beautifying the Schoolroom (Thelma Langdon Weller); (8) Toy Telephones (Annie Dolman Inskeep); (9) How We Send and Receive Messages (Gladys Nofziger Fager); (10) United States Money (Auxiliary Department, Kalamazoo, Michigan); (11) A Natural History Museum (Jule B. Davis); (12) A Study of Cotton (Zenobia Lyles); (13) A Study of Trees (Myrtle Arbuckle); (14) The Toy Orchestra (Georgia F. Isaac); and (15) Books and Bookmaking (Martha MacDonald). A list of selected references and materials, along with a list of available publications on the education of exceptional children, are also provided. Individual sections contain bibliographies and footnotes. (Contains 10 plates.) [Best copy available has been provided.]
Descriptors: Child Care, Museums, Mental Retardation, Toys, Group Activities, Learning Activities, Family Environment, Food, Interpersonal Communication, Money Management, Agriculture, Musical Instruments, Books, Outdoor Education, Marketing, Cooking Instruction, Daily Living Skills, Art Activities
Office of Education, United States Department of the Interior.
Publication Type: Historical Materials; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: United States Department of the Interior, Office of Education (ED)