Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Little School on the Prairie

Today Rachel and Andrew had the opportunity to go back in time and attend school at a one-room Schoolhouse nearby. They were so excited and had such a fun time! It fit right in with all our reading from the Little House on the Prairie books.

Here they are ready to go. Everyone was supposed to "dress the part" and take their lunch in lunchpails with wax paper wrapped sandwiches.

Each child was assigned a desk and given "real" schoolwork to do, just like they would have had 100 years ago.

Andrew's pretend name for the day was "Willie." (Each seat had an assigned pretend name)
Here is the teacher at the front of the classroom.
And here is Rachel's class doing some oral recitation work from the lesson books.

Lunch was enjoyed on quilts spread on the grass. Then there were period games to play afterward.


This outing certainly has helped the Laura books to come alive for the children and I can't wait to do more of these kinds of adventures in future years.

6 comments:

Rachel L said...

They look so sweet! What a cute idea, and how fun!
Do you know here in NZ the preschools and kindergartens have gone back to using wax paper to wrap food in for the children. I think they were worried about children suffocating or eating the plastic wrap!
Loved the photos. Thanks for sharing.
Rachel

Catherine said...

Wow, how fun! What a fabulous day!

Mrs J said...

Magic! The blackboard is HUGE! I wouldn't swap it for my laptop & projector! My arm would drop off!

jennie said...

How cute and fun. They will remember this for a long time. I love the pictures!

Monica said...

We went on this field trip a few years ago and the girls still talk about it. What fun!

Heather said...

What an amazing way to make history come alive for the children! My children long to have Little House costumes for dress up, but I haven't taken the time to sew them more - they outgrew the last ones I made! You pictures are lovely! Thanks for sharing.