To avoid boredom
"Planned economy " in teaching children the Catechism
was advised by Miss Gruggen,
of the Metropolitan Catholic Teachers' Association, at a
meeting of Our Lady's Catechists in London on Saturday. Miss Gruggen made these points : Economy of lime is forced on us. and economy of words is good. It is better to revise later than to labour a point and make children bored or mentally confused.
Economy of praise and blame-or neither will he effective.
Economy of threats. We want the children to love their religion, not to associate it with threats.
Economy of gesture often fascin
ates children. Gestures are useful, however, in teaching children their prayers.
But no planning and no economy of the love of the good God, both in teachers and taught.
Fr. Francis Devas, S.J.. director of studies, thanked the lecturer and spoke of his own experience with children in regard to the economy of words.
Miss M. Devitt (chairman) warned the members of " the irreparable harm that can be done if religion is made a boring subject. for it is difficult to re-awaken a child's interest."