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Life as a Child in a One-room Schoolhouse!

June 6, 2012
Students stood byside their desks when they spoke.

Students stood beside their desks when they spoke in the one-room schoolhouse.

Spending the day in a one-room schoolhouse to experience life as a pioneer child

Life as a pioneer child was a little different then kids today!  My students liked the novelty of it but didn’t like:

  • not being able to have a snack when they wanted it
  • having to go outside to use the “privy” (outhouse)
  • having to work quietly all day and not talking with their friends

They had copy books to work in that included the cursive font used then, period story problems and a photo of a pioneer family that they needed to answer some questions.  We had them held together with a stick.  It made the books look more old-fashioned.

Copying the class rules from the 1800s from the board.

Copying the class rules from the 1800s from the board.

      • Geer School was build when Colorado became our 38th state - 1880, so it ohly has 38 stars on the flag.

        Geer School was build when Colorado became our 38th state – 1880, so it ohly has 38 stars on the flag.

Phoebe and Millicent were happy pioneer girls.

Phoebe and Millicent were happy pioneer girls.

 

Nikolaus truly looks like a pioneer kid!

Nikolaus truly looks like a pioneer kid!

McGuffy Readers was a popular book back then and we used them for our reading groups.

McGuffy Readers were popular books back then and we used them for our reading groups.

Gabriella looking especially lovely.

Gabriella looking especially lovely.

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