The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on September 16, 1953 · Page 6
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BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER NEWS WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 19, 1953 OSCEOLA NEWS Bu Bettu, W* St. larr * Mrs. P. D. Johnson. Introduces Children to Life in Classroom. There is no part of a child's early experience more interesting and more instructive than are his efforts. In learning how to get along with other children. The best -time to start on them is before they are tchool-age and the best place to get that training Is in kindergarten. Kindergarten is an Introduction to regular school. After a child has gone through kindergarten, they have shed that timid feeling, ^drawing away from other children and clinging to their mother's apron string!. A child who has gone to kindergarten Is a big help to the first grade teacher. They have more or less learned to take care of themselves to the extent, in addition to be able to get along with other children, of tying their shoe strings and buttoning up their pants. That alone takes up an awful lot of wasted time. You can Imagine doing that for 50 children 50 times a day. Patience and fortitude are the main requirements in becoming a kindergarten: teacher. If you ahve those two. you are bound to love children and are ready to begin professional training for the job. Maybe you think kindergarten is & new langled idea but it dates back before the Civil War. THI FIRST was established In Blankenburg. Germany, in 1837 by Fredrick Foebel with the same principles of directing the play of the child Into creative self-expression as the modern teachers practice. His original idea was to train mothers to teach their own pre-school+ under Dr Bertha STARR GAZING I wish Lydel Sims hadn't written about his early days" ot newspaper reporting and column writing. He took the words right out of my mouth. I had a, regular speech written on my two years with I the Courier News but now It would sound like a copy-cat, byt I guess! but I never did. My first article to be printed came about when, we published the, "Purple and Gold" school paper back in 1912. A magazine offered a dollar prize to the student who's story was accepted. That was the biggest dollar 1 ever earned in my life and the everybody who ever had the priv- j story was re-printed In our school ilege to work on a newspaper feels pretty much the same way. 1 don't know what it is about it but as the say about masons, once a mason, etc, etc., — ; the same goes double for writing. Everybody grows up thinking they should have been a writter or an actor, some out grow that ambition. MrJ p „ Jnhnson age children. The lirst kindergarten Sn the tlnited states was established in 1856. in Columbus, O., by Caroline Louise Frankenburg and in 1870. Elizabeth Peabody established the first kindergarten in connection with public schools In Boston and later founded a training school for teachers. Osceola Is fortunate in having an accredited teacher who meets every requirement necessary to take care ot small children. Soft-spoken, Mrs, p. D. Johnson is a natural for the Job. She knows the work and Is constantly striving to make even a better teacher. Those on the outside, so to speak, can't realize the training In child phychology It takes to become a kindergarten •teacher. Children are tricky when It comes to having confidence in their elders, and a kindergarten teacher, by her friendliness, gradually gains the childrens confidence and as BOOH as they learn she Isn't trying to put something over on them, by letting them get Into the act, then they're sold on the idea and cease to feel like a misfit. Her philosphical training in college enables her to .handle every type child and. as Mrs. Johnson said, "There are no two alike." One thing, however, all children are possessed with a vivid imagination and It's unwise to discourage it." Mrs. Johnson attended Mississippi Southern College In Hattiesburg, Miss. During her high school days she had three years in Home Economics and had planned to study designing. In her training she had courses in child phychology and in making children's clothes. IN HER senior year, in college. sh e did practice teaching and lived in the practice home. There were always children whose parents were teachers or children of parents attending college and that gave Mrs. Johnson the lirst hand knowledge of what makes a child tick. Gradually the idea struck her to turn her efforts in dealing with small children after she had held down a job in teaching home economics. She had majored In home economics and science and minored in art throughout her four years of college. Her first Job of teaching was In a consolidated school in Forrest Dale. Miss. The teacher who had taught home economics the year before had wasted a lot of material and the parents didn't see too much she had accomplished In teaching their daughters to sew. Following a year Wasted, as the mothers thought, they were skeptical of Mrs. Johnson's ability. She wasn't long in convincing them and was asked back the next year. During the summer, following her first year at Forrest Dale, she took a course in adult educa tion which dealt with the parents and projects of home economics girls. The following year, she went to Preston consolidated school and was there two years..Then followed a year at De Knlh, Miss. She then was offered a better paying Job as assistant Home miuinRcr Supervisor with Farm Security, in West Point. Miss. AFTER FIVE months, she was promoted to a larger area at Boone- vilte, Miss., in the- sume capacity. It was there that she met Mr. John- who was farm supervisor for Farm Security Administration. After a year there, she was transferred to Tupelo, Miss., and Mr. Johnson storyllmc is a highlight • . • was transferred to another place. The two had become engaged and were married at McOool, Miss, Her grandparents were pioneers in that section, having large farming and cotton gin interests with a mercantile and implement business to supply their own farms and neighboring land owners in a small community called Weir, Miss, (pro- SINGER SPECIAL 5 ' each 150 each \50 each \50 Good Used Sewing Machines 2 TREADLES 2 TREADLES 19 3 TREADLES 29 3 PORTABLES 49 1 PORTABLE 59 Come in Early and Make Your Selection for Your Best Buy! Only 10% Down Payment Required All Used Machines Sold Are Guaranteed /or One Year New Singer Portables . . . 94.50 up New Singer Consoles . . . 122.50 up SINGER SEWING. CENTER 414 W. Main St. Blytheville Phone 2782 nounced Ware). Shortly after Mr. &nd Mrs. Johneon married, she resigned and he was transfered to Spartanburg, 8. C., for special training in soil conservation. Later they went to Jackson, Tenn- where they lived until Mr. Johnson went to the Army. Mrs. Johnson and their five month old son, Phil, Jr., lived with their parents until he was stationed at Alexandria, Va. Living In one room and cooking on a hot plate, as a lot of young couples were forced to do, during World War II in order not to be separated, was a far cry from the wide open spaces they knew back in Mississippi. Mrs. Johnson had made the trip by train from Oxford, Miss., to Alexandria, leaving their car and most Important article — the baby bed — back home. The 1,500 mile trip was too much for 9 young mother and her baby son and Mr. Johnson Couldn't get a leave to go for them. Their room was in a tourist court eight miles from the ba.se and the eight months there, with Phil, Jr., falling out of bed every night, seemed like eternity. It was a different story when Mr. Johnson was transfered to Paris, Tex. The chairman of the board of education was an old friend and she found a desirable place with a baby bed. Mrs. Johnson smiled and said, "nobody knows how important baby beds are until they have to weeks before moving to Osceola. She drag a baby out from under a big had always lived in a small town paper. Of course, I knew right then I was going to compete with Louisa May Alcott — and win — but that was the end of my literary career for years and years to come. And then, along in 1943, Paul Flowers of the Commercial Appeal, started his Greenhouse Column and I suddenly became poetic and nearly every day he printed something I sent in and on several occassions, he came up to Osceola for a short visit with me, filling me full of that stuff they call salve. I liked it though and got a big kick out of seeing my material printed in the Commercial — then I decided I was a song writer but I got that nipped in the bud when I sent two manuscripts I had gotten copyrighted to Chuck Foster, when he first came to Peabody and that was the last I saw of my smash hits. I even wrote to Petrillo and tried to get my manuscripts but Foster claimed he never did receive them. First time I ever heard of mail being lost between Osceola and Memphis. But after that, I haven't set the world on lire with my articles but I'll say this much, I'll bet I've told a lot of things about folks that their best Wend didn't know, and loving people as I do, I have throughly enjoyed the two years digging up the past, present and future of my subjects. It's been fun — and work, but I'm perfectly satisfied to keep It for another year — If I've got any readers left. R. C. Bryan farms. Instead of making two moves when the baby arrived, Mrs. Johnson stayed in the hospital for two bed In the middle of the night." • • • AFTER HIS discharge, the family went back to his old home in Oxford awaiting the arrival of their but never on a farm and she was unfamiliar with pump-water and churning as the hands on the place would have been in a home economics class. second child. Mrs. E. C. Bryan's The Bryans had gone all-out to brother had married Mr. Johnsons' redecorate the home they were corn- sister and through that medium. Mr. Johnson came to Osceola as one of the farm managers for the ing to, that part was well and good but a school teacher and career woman had nothing in common with On the Scad Side... Bridge Club Meets several young women Saturday (or Mrs. Max Hart was hostess to luncheon at her home. her Friday bridge club and one ""•- '•" -••---•- • guest. Mrs. Jimmle Hart. A dessert course preceded the bridge games. Mrs. Marvin Aston won high score and Mrs. Louis George won second. Celebrates Blrlhday Danny George celebrated his eighth birthday Saturday by inviting 20 young friends for a picture show party and play party which Those who attended were Miss Grace Ann Brandon, Miss Janet Alford, Miss Annett Dolan, Miss Lorraine Domiquez, all of Memphis and former classmates of Miss Cul- lorn at St. Agnes Academy. Miss Mary Ann Crain Joined the group from Wilson and also was a luncheon guest. They were seated at the dining table which was covered with a followed j hunters green cloth and centered A circus theme was carried out j with a sectional frosted container in the cake which was a replica of j holding marigolds, a clown. Ice cream was served Personals and circus favors were given the _ Mrs. Bill Joe Edrington was a children. Club 17 Meets Club 17 met Thursday night for Memphis visitor Mdnday. Miss Mary Ann Crain and Miss Joanne Cullom were guests of En- dinner with Mrs. Mary Elizabeth! sign Don Lustey and Ensign Phil Balloue. Mrs. Guy Newcomb was I Jones Thursday night {or a dinner- is a patient in the'Methodist Hospital where she underwent surgery Monday. Walter Driver Is home from the an additional guest. Late summer flowers were used in profusion throughout the Balloue home, Following dinner, the evening was spent playing bridge, with Miss Bebe Levenstein winning high and Mrs. Carl Anderson second. Miss Cullom Hostess Miss Joanne Cullom entertained thawing a frczsn pump or knowing exactly how hot water should be to make the butter come. ''The first year is always the hardest in anything and this was no exception. Before the year was out, we both decided to go back home and give up farming. But as soon as we decided to go and even went, as far as to tell Mr. Bryan we were leaving, we began liking it here. See JOHNSON On Page 7 ALFALFA SEED Oklahoma Approved 32* Lb. 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