A Day in 1912

Today we joined with a group of home schoolers to visit The Bell School.  It was a really fun day.  The kids were supposed to wear “Little House on the Prairie” type clothes and bring a lunch that might have been typical of that time period.

The morning started with a lecture by Mr. Holt about the customs of the time period, including common tasks, weekly schedules and hygiene.

Then it was time for the schoolmarm, Mrs. Holt, to take over. The children lined up in two lines in front of the school.

Once inside the school, Mrs. Holt taught the children to “make their manners” (bow/curtsy) and led them in the pledge and the Lord’s Prayer.  Next, she gave us an overview of schools during that time and a few decades before.

Each child had a slate, a slate pencil and a cloth for erasing.  They got to practice writing on the slates while other groups of children were called forward for recitations.  Mrs. Holt had selections from the McGuffey Readers for them to read aloud at the recitation table.

Abby diligently made up math problems and answered them. Emma mostly drew stars and hearts.

After each group had a turn to read, it was time for penmanship practice. They got to practice writing with a feather pen and a fountain pen (the moms walked around with the ink to minimize spills).

And then it was lunch time.

After eating lunch, the children took turns trying out various activities such as the corn shucker, the clothes washing…um, stick thing, playing with toys and walking on stilts.

Eating lunch

Trying out the saw with Mr. Holt

Abby tried the stilts, with help from Mrs. Holt

Emma, as usual, preferred to watch

Pretending to wash clothes

The day ended with a spelling bee. When it was Emma’s turn, she confidently said, “Actually, I’m four and a half, so I need an easy word.”  (She didn’t really understand the concept of spelling though, so she had to sit down right away. She didn’t mind.)  Abby correctly spelled “can” but missed “calendar.” A bit of difference in difficulty there, don’t ya think?

Ready to spell

My confident non-speller

The littles

It was a fun and educational day. I’m sure they will remember it for a long time.  When I asked them about their favorite part of the experience, Abby said she liked the spelling bee best.  Emma said she liked the dog. (Duh.)

About waymel

Navy wife. Homeschooling mom. Adoptive parent. Pianist. Introvert. One who loves quiet and beauty.
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7 Responses to A Day in 1912

  1. Jen says:

    Love it, love it, love it!! What a great experience for them. We had a couple field trips like that (I think I was a little bit older, though) and I always enjoyed them. You should’ve included some pictures of Abby. I only saw Emma and this little girl who looked sort of like Abby but waaaay too grown up! 😉

    • waymel says:

      Did you go to Burton Village? I always loved going there. In fact, I’m going to have to do some research and see if that’s still open for our trip next month.

  2. Becca says:

    Wow! What a neat experience. I hope it was as fun for the moms as for the kids. 🙂 The girls look wonderful in their dresses and the lunch pails are perfect!

  3. Robyn says:

    Wow, this does look fun, and I love that Abby diligently wrote out math problems for herself — that is soooo what the three of us would have done. I also love that Em announced her age and her easy word requirement. Love the lunch pails too.

  4. Rebecca Dzikowski says:

    That is really neat. Such a great experience for the girls! I’m also glad you let me know that you blogged – I had missed, like, the last four blogs! It was so nice to to see pictures and read those, too. I can’t BELIEVE that is Emma’s hair in the picture where she is sitting at the piano. It’s so long!

  5. Kim says:

    It was so much fun to see you here today. Your girls are so big! And they still make me laugh so much. You all look very happy. I’m so glad.

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