The present time being an age of "Varied Occupations," or, to speak more correctly, a time for introducing suitable occupations and usefulness into our schools, this book is written in the hope that it may be of service to teachers about to choose suitable occupations. The work described has been systematically taught in my own school for the past twenty years.
From the time that I received the first elements of Froëbelian principles at the Home and Colonial Training College until the present, it has been my aim to use the Froëbel gifts as the basis of all teaching, and when possible to apply the same excellent methods to other work of every-day usefulness.
Froëbel inculcated the broad and grand principles of the education and development of a child's faculties in the treatment of his gifts, but he never intended that the work should stop there; he left it for future generations to further develop and perfect his plans.
Kindergarten teaching as it often is taught is too mechanical and narrow in its treatment, and allows little scope for inventive minds.