Object Lessons

Object Lessons

Lessons on Things: Intended to Improve Children in the Practice of Observation, Reflection, and Description. Philadelphia: Carey & Lea, 1831.

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This book is a series of lessons designed to be used with common objects, like glass, whalebone, and beer--starting with simple observations involving color, touch, and smell, and ending with a brief description of how the items are produced. The text is an Americanized edition of an English book published by teachers at a school guided by the educational principles of Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi (1746-1827).

Adopted by Nan Wolverton in honor of her children Emily, Benjamin, and William

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