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The Blue Book of Iowa Women A History of Contemporary Women

Compiled by Winona Evans Reeves, 1914.

  
 

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Miss Florence Elizabeth Ward

Miss Florence Elizabeth Ward, head of the kindergarten department, Iowa State Teachers' College, was born in Wisconsin and is the daughter of Lemuel J. Ward and Elizabeth Herrington.  She is a graduate of the Chicago Kindergarten College in the class of 1903.  She is one of the foremost kindergartners in this country.  When the American Civic Association sent a commission to Great Britain and Europe to study primary schools, Miss Ward was appointed on the commission.  In 1912 she went to Rome to study the Montessori method first hand.  Since her return she has written a book, "Ten Practical Talks on the Montessori Method for Home, Kindergarten and Primary School," which was published by the MacMillan Co. of New York, and is considered one of the clearest expositions of the Montessori method yet published.  She has delivered many lectures on primary and kindergarten subjects, child study, etc., before chautauquas, and teachers' associations, as well as before city audiences.  She is a member of the Congregational church, is a member of the Propagation Committee of the International Kindergarten Union, member of the educational committee of the I. F. W. C., of the educational committee of the Iowa Society, D. A. R., is chairman of the educational committee, Iowa Congress of Mothers, chairman of the Iowa Department of school patrons of the National Educational Association, member of the educational committee of the General Federation of Women's Clubs.  She is a member of the Waterloo Woman's Club and is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.  She has contributed to many school journals and other school publications.

 

 

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