Monday, April 25, 2011
Friday, April 22, 2011
(if you're in reader or email mode you might have to click here to see the video)
May you have a blessed Easter weekend, reflecting on His grace and mercy and looking forward to "an inheritance that can never, perish, spoil or fade -- kept in heaven for you" (1 Peter 1:4).
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Our day began with the children playing outside until the schoolmarm rang the bell and had them line up outside the building. The morning was spent practicing the 3 R's, including oral reading from McGuffey Readers. A geography lesson was next, using a period map of the United States. All morning I was struck by how easy it was for the schoolmarm to juggle all these different children of different ages. How can it be so simple for her when I have trouble juggling two or three children at home? : )
The teacher also explained what classroom discipline was like back then. Because none of the students would volunteer, a mom modeled a dunce cap for us. In the picture below, the girl with the pink dress was demonstrating how some disobedient students would have been required to stand with their nose pressed in a circle drawn on the blackboard!
Then it was time for lunch and recess. Grace brought a lunch of cold fried chicken, biscuit, and an apple. Children filled their enamel or tin cups from the common water bucket. For recess they played games like Red Rover or Drop the Hankie (similar to Duck, Duck Goose). Some kids also played with wooden hoops and several girls just picked flowers.
The afternoon hours included touring the cemetery and church, singing songs, poetry recitation, and a spelling bee.
I'm so thankful for places like this that let you really experience history. I'm sure this will be something Grace remembers all her life.
Saturday, April 9, 2011
There were other purchases that didn't get photographed. I found a neat little field guide of the 115 most common birds in my state at the Rainbow booth. I also purchased all our Math U See products we'll need for next year. And a large portion of my budget went to renewing all the association memberships. We have four different memberships, which seems a little excessive, but each group serves a different purpose and has been beneficial. Oh, and I did go to a few presentations too. ; )