Question:—Miss H. J., Sask.:—Would you kindly tell me if there is money to be made by keeping a private kindergarten, or is the field overrun, and what are the usual charges for children attending a kindergarten? Where is the best school for taking a course? Can one take a course by correspondence?
Answer:—Whether there is money to be made in keeping a private kindergarten depends on the opening that exists.
If there is such a school already in a small town, there would hardly be room for another. Before embarking on such an enterprise it would be wise to canvass thoroughly the best residential district and see if such a venture would be supported.
The Normal School, Toronto, gives a one-year free course in Kindergarten work, and that is the only training school I know of. As far as I can learn here, the Norma! Schools at Regina, Edmonton, Winnipeg and Vancouver do not teach Kindergarten work. However you might write direct to the Regina Normal School and ask if they contemplate offering such a course.
A course by correspondence would not be satisfactory, and reliable schools do not teach it that way.
What your charges were would depend largely on what you could get. In large cities these are higher than in the small places.
I know of a quaint little school in a Western city, where the teacher, an Englishwoman, calls each morning for her little charges and delivers them home again at noon. She amuses them nicely with alphabet blocks, stories, threading beads, easy sewing and games, and I believe charges $5 a month for each pupil. Busy mothers are glad to pay this to have their active youngsters happily entertained. Then the teacher has her afternoons free, so the pay is not too bad. Anyone with a knack for amusing children and fond of them can run a successful school of this kind.
Question:—B. C. Girl:—Could you give me advice regarding getting a better education. I stopped school at fourteen, finishing the public school grades. I am interested in physical culture and home economics and would like to take a course in the same. Is there a field for instructors in these branches? Are there any schools or institutions where one could study for a position and meet one’s expenses by working in any of the departments of the school? My aim is to get enough money to finish my education, or give me such a standing so that I will not be handicapped as I am now. There is no mention of any charge for your services, but I will be glad to pay for any help or advice.
Answer:—You are a plucky girl to want to strike out and win a higher place. It will mean work, but will be worth while. Now to take your questions in order. Physical culture is a branch in itself and is not allied to home economics. There are abundant openings for teachers of both branches, but I fear that matriculation standing is indispensable in order to take the Normal course leading to a teacher’s certificate. It is in the Margaret Eaton School, Toronto, where a two-year course of training for teaching is given. Could you not find a high school teacher in your town who would coach you in the evening so that you could in time pass your entrance examinations? To get the money to pay for this you might have to do some extra work, but if a girl is determined, nothing can hold her back. Taking subscriptions to a magazine is one way; another way is to sell accident or health insurance. Many women do well at this, but it calls for dogged determination. When you had succeeded in passing your Entrance, you could then either take a training in physical culture or in home economics. At Macdonald Institute, Guelph, Ont., a two-year course in institutional management is offered, and while no specific educational qualifications are demanded, preference is given to students of higher academic standing. Some of the students are able to defray part of their expenses by waiting on table. You might write for a prospectus. There is no charge for this information.
Question—Mrs. A. J., Manitoba—Could you tell me where I could get the quickest divorce in the United States, in California, Nevada or Dakota?
Answer—I am sorry to have a question indicative of such unhappiness that a divorce is under contemplation. May I tell you I know several couples who each at one time considered divorce, but this being so difficult in Canada the quarrels in all three cases were made up and they all ended by being happy again. There are of course some cases where a divorce is a very necessary protection for the wife. Reno, Nevada,seems to be a popular and cosmopolitan spot for such a purpose, but it would be well to consult a Manitoba lawyer as to whether a Nevada divorce would hold good in Canada in case of remarriage, otherwise some awkward consequences might ensue on taking up residence again in this country.
Question—Miss A. F.—Enclosed is a simple little poem of my own—I am just feeling my way, but would like to launch out into the literary world. Will you criticize the poem for me. How does one get short stories, poems, etc., accepted?
Answer—The little verses sent show real feeling, but you require to study the form. Poetry must scan and possess a regular metre. Study the poems of Shelley, Keats, Longfellow, Tennyson for example and you will see how in addition to beautiful thoughts a certain set form is adhered to according to the metre used.
The only way to bring your writing before the reading public is by submitting it to editors until it meets with acceptance.
Meanwhile try to improve your style of writing. Study great writers, and seek to express yourself simply and clearly. But you must have ideas to express also, and nothing so tends to promote ideas as a wide range of carefully selected books.
Question—T. S., British Columbia—Your answers to questions in MacLean's have been exceedingly interesting to me, though only an old man who after an active life as long as strength permitted, now finds it very wearisome to have nothing to do. Two of your suggestions have appealed to me, viz., herb growing and rug-making. Could you inform me where I can obtain the necessary seeds or plants, when to sow or plant, how to cultivate, when to gather and how to dispose of the roots or flowers when grown? Then as to rug-making, I can easily make the loom you speak of, and with the necessary directions for weaving I shall be quite set up.
Answer—As you live in British Columbia, I would recommend the growing of lavender. During the War a lady living in Vernon, B. C., made quite a bit of money for the Red Cross by the sale of this fragrant perennial. But be sure to obtain the English variety, as it can be grown from slips. If no one in your neighborhood can supply you with slips, which should be set out the end of April or early in May, you could doubtless order roots from a nurseryman in your nearest large town. The Department of Agriculture some time ago put out a pamphlet entitled ‘‘Medicinal Plants and Their Cultivation in Canada,” but unfortunately this is now out of print. Perhaps the department of Agriculture of the University of British Columbia might be able to give you the required information. I know this department
seeds can be raised and sold in small packages at a good profit. A small piece of land will produce flower seeds in paying quantities. I hope this information will put you in the way of achieving your wishes. As to rag rugs, full directions will soon be forthcoming, as a number have written me about them.
Question—Miss C. F., Nova Scotia— I have been a stenographer for the past five years, hut have recently given up the work, as I did not feel that I was suited to it. I have always loved nice artistic things, and would like to be an Interior Decorator or designer, or work in an Art Exchange. I am also interested in Domestic Science, but find it hard to decide. Please advise me what I should do in regard to training. Your answers seem so helpful and instructive.
Answer—First, my dear young friend, decide which vocation is most suited to your natural tastes and ability. If interested in cooking and household management, a course in Household Science would be a good choice. I do not know if this is taught in Halifax, but Macdonald College, Que., offers both a two-year course and a four-year one leading to a degree. If, on the other hand, your inclinations run towards colour harmony, design and house furnishing, Interior Decorating would be an interesting field in which to work. The first step to become an Interior Decorator would be to take a course in Industrial Design such as is taught in the Toronto Technical School, where a three-year course is given. This is only the preliminary training, but pupils who pursue this course are helped and advised by their instructors who are in touch with the whole wide field. It is an arduous course of training, only to be undertaken when a girl shows decided artistic talent. As for openings in Art Exchange, these are so limited as to be almost negligible.
Question—Miss M. T., Winnipeg—I wish to say I have been taking a Correspondence Course in Show Card Writing for the past three years with the........ They keep returning the lessons to be corrected twelve times or more, with the idea, I guess, that one will get tired or never getting through with the course, but I won’t give them the satisfaction of quitting. I am an invalid, so have to take up some work at home. What would you advise?
Answer—Sometimes I think the wrong kind of work is taken up, and failure to achieve anything at it is not the fault of the school or firm. However before embarking on any course or money-making plan, it would be well to get the names and addresses of several who have taken the course or whatever it is, and learn of their experience, which might have to be done by correspondence in some cases.
A young woman in the East has found remunerative work in the decoration of wax candles for all kinds of festive occasions, and she receives large orders from a well-known firm for them. She paints on them various decorations, such as butterflies, black witches for Hallowe’en, holly, and beautiful color designs, using oil paints.
In England there is a new fad—to wear hand-made gloves of fine cream chamois. A friend of mine over on a visit from London was making herself a pair, and told me Selfridge sold the material, with pattern and directions for five shillings, while if one bought them made up the price was sixteen shillings. No doubt the vogue will soon reach Canada.
The making of long bead necklaces, to sell at from $1 to $3.50, provides another woman I heard of with good returns, as she is gifted with a strong sense of colour harmony. Finally, the making of rag rugs is remunerative if they are artistic in color and design.
Question— Miss H. R., Quebec—Would you be so kind as to give me the address of several Chautauquas, and how' to go about getting on the staff of one. Have you any idea of the remuneration paid to lecturers?
Answer—The address of the Canadian Chautauqua Limited, is Lumsden Building. Toronto. The American Chautauqua Institute is at Chautauqua, N. Y. Whether you can get on the lecturing staff depends on what you have to offer. The remuneration paid depends entirely on the lecturer. A celebrity would receive much more than a newcomer in the field, who would have to make good before commanding a large fee.
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