Schools of Long Ago


Sea Cliff Students Learn About Schools from Long Ago 
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As an extension of the Social Studies curriculum, elementary students at Sea Cliff School dressed up as students of long ago and studied how school differed from today versus over 100 years ago. 
The Sea Cliff second graders had the opportunity to practice cursive writing with “feathered quills,” learn arithmetic with chalk on a board, and play games like pick-up sticks, dolls, and marbles like children did in “Schools Long Ago!”    

Most American students attended a one-room schoolhouse taught by a single teacher with students ranging from five to 15 years old. The number of students could vary from six to 40 or more. The youngest students would sit in the front while the oldest in the back. Generally, the teachers would give lessons in writing, arithmetic, history, and geography. The students memorized and recited their lessons. The girls often wore dresses, and the teacher was usually a woman. A wood-burning stove was in the center of the classroom that provided the only source of heat. Students would have to go to the bathroom outside in the outhouse. 

Please ask your children all about schools from long ago and how they differed from today!
Article and photos by Shelly Newman