How To Keep Accounts
( Originally Published 1918 )
It is well for every one to keep a written record of all money received and all money spent. Children should be taught to do this as soon as they are old enough to have money in their possession. A simple little notebook in which all expenditures are entered on the right side and all receipts on the left side, with the balance drawn up each week or month, will prove an easy and satisfactory method of keeping accounts. If the little girl learns to do this with her pennies, she will be better able to take care of the more important household accounts when she is in charge of a home. However, there will he no real incentive for her to keep accounts unless she is endeavouring to save for some good purpose. If she learns to save for the future purchase of a book, a dress, or some little treat, she will feel that her account-keeping is worth while. As a housekeeper, she will appreciate the importance of saving for some future benefit to the family.
In order to make the lesson of vital interest, introduce it at a time when the pupils are saving for some specific purpose, material for a dress to be made in the sewing class, refreshments fur a party for their mothers, a school library, or something else that will be a pleasure and help in the work of the school.
METHOD OF WORK
After discussing the sources of income of the pupil and of her family, and the means of increasing and taking care of that income, discuss simple methods of keeping accounts, illustrate these on the black-board, show how to balance the accounts, and see that each pupil has a small book suitable for the purpose. It may he necessary to make or to rule this hook as a portion of the class exercise.
Household Science in Rural Schools:
Prevention Of Pests
Removing Stains, Bleaching Fabrics, And Setting Colours
Washing Dish Towels, Aprons, Etc.
Care Of The Baby
Cost Of Food, Clothing, And House
How To Keep Accounts
Care Of The Exterior Of The House
Discussion Of Foods And Cooking
Preparing And Serving Vegetables
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