A Formidable List of Attainments: For a Child of Twelve Series

It occurred to me as I read through this list recently that perhaps I should start focusing on each one as I go down the list and get a really good idea for what each line is asking us for. Some are much more common sense than others, so I thought I'd start gathering some resources for each attainment as I go through them. Feel free to join along with me and by all means if you have some suggestions comment below!

A Formidable List of Attainments: For a Child of Twelve

  1. To grasp the sense of a passage of some length at a single reading: and to narrate the substance of what they have read or heard.
  2. To spell, and express themselves in writing with ease and fair correctness.
  3. To give an orderly and detailed account of any subject they have studied.
  4. To describe in writing what they have seen, or heard from the newspapers. 
  5. They should have a familiar acquaintance with the common objects of the country, with power to reproduce some of these in brushwork. 
  6. Should have the skill in various handicrafts, as cardboard sloyd, basket-making, clay-modeling, etc. 
  7. In Arithmetic, they should have some knowledge of vulgar and decimal fractions, percentage, household accounts, etc. 
  8. Should have a knowledge of Elementary Algebra, and should have done practical exercises in Geometry. 
  9. Of Elementary Latin Grammar; should read fables and easy tales, and say 1 or 2 books of "Caesar". 
  10. They should have some power of understanding spoken French, and be able to speak a little; and to read an easy French book without a dictionary. 
  11. In German, much the same as in French, but less progress. 
  12. In History, they will have gone through a rather detailed study of American, English, and Classical (Plutarch) History. 
  13. In Geography they will have studied in detail the map of the world, and have been at one time able to fill in the landscape, industries, etc, from their studies, of each division of the map. 
  14. They will have learned the elements of Physical Geography, Botany, Human Physiology, and Natural History, and will have read interesting books on some of these subjects. 
  15. They should have some knowledge of English Grammar.
  16. They should have a considerable knowledge of Scripture History and the Bible text. 
  17. They should have learned a good deal of Scripture and of Poetry, and should have read some Literature. 
  18. They should have learned to sing on the Tonic Sol-fa method, and should know a number of English, French, and German songs. 
  19. They should have learned Swedish Drill and various drills and calisthenic exercises. 
  20. In drawing they should be able to represent common objects of the house and field with brush or charcoal; should be able to give rudimentary expression to ideas; and should be acquainted with the works of some artists through reproductions. 
  21. In Music their knowledge of theory and their ear-training should keep pace with their powers of execution. 

As I go through this list I will link back to this and consider this a Series of posts.

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