GH SCHOOLS OF LONG AGO
GH Second Graders Learn About Schools from Long Ago
In February and March 2023, as an extension of the Social Studies curriculum, second graders at Glen Head School dressed up as students of long ago and studied how school differed from today versus over 100 years ago.
In Ms. Heather Healy, Ms. Mango, Ms. Weinberg’s classes, a one-room schoolhouse was created that simulated how it was to live and go to school long ago. The children appropriately dressed-up and went through a typical school day using slate boards, chalk, and ink pens for English and mathematical learning skills! Additionally, long ago games including dominos, marbles, jacks, and hula hoops were played – to name a few! Principal Dr. Peter Rufa stopped in to participate in the learning from long ago! In addition, the students ate cornbread with butter!
In the 19th and early 20th centuries, 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.
Please ask your children all about schools from long ago and how they differed from today.