One-room school houses were very common in the 1890’s especially in rural counties. These one-room school houses had one teacher that taught several grades, usually primer (kindergarten) through eighth grades. They also served as the location of church on Sunday’s for all families, town hall meetings and other gatherings. The one-room school house was maintained by all the families in the town.
One-room school houses tended to have outhouses (for restrooms), a water pump outside for water and wood-stoves in the middle of the room. Older children were responsible for maintaining the wood/coal in the stoves to keep everyone warm.
Teachers in one-room schools were very special. They often were students that had previously attended the same one-room school house. In the winter, they would arrive early to get the fire started in the wood stove so the school would be warm for children. In poor economic areas, many teachers would provide a noon meal for the students with donations from nearby farmers. Teachers that married were excused from teaching.
A typical school day was from 9-4pm Monday through Friday. Children would be given recess periods of 15 minutes in the morning and afternoon and a break for lunch. No formal playgrounds were established back then. They would have balls, bats, jacks to play with as well as a teeter-totter and a wooden swing.
All children were given chores that had to be done each school day. Some of the chores were; bringing in buckets of water from the well, cleaning the chalkboards, hauling in wood/coal, sweeping etc.
Memorizing to recite speeches, poems and lessons was a common form of learning. It was believed that the constant review of lessons perfectly retained the information in students' minds and trained articulation and public speaking skills. Lessons also included stories, poems and verses to teach moral lessons.
School was often secondary to family farms and their means to living at that time. Often, older boys did not attend school during the harvest seasons. When a new baby arrived in families, older girls stayed home to help.
The majority of one-room schools in the United States are no longer used as schools and have either been torn down, used as museums, sold to be converted into homes or moved to historical sites (like the one located at the Henry Ford Greenfield Village). However, in some very rural communities including in Amish communities they still utilize one-room school houses. And the concept of multi-age groups learning in the same room.
Do you think your children would find visiting a one-room school house interesting? Want to learn pioneer teaching tips that may help you teach multiple children?
Then consider attending our field trip scheduled to the Oak Grove One-Room School House in Toledo, Ohio on November 9, 2017. E-mail our director for more information or check our FB Group Page!
By Heather; Faith Co-Director
Hello everyone! Today, I want to share with you another reason as to why I love being Catholic! I have two words for you. The Eucharist! Oh, the Eucharist! It makes my heart sing with gratitude! It uplifts my soul and refreshes me! Since I have experienced it, I can not imagine going through life without it.
If you are wondering what the Eucharist is, then wait no more! It is the Body and Blood of Christ, given to us during Holy Communion, under the appearance of bread. During the Liturgy of the Eucharist, the priest says a Eucharistic Prayer in which he consecrates the bread and wine that were offered as gifts. Through Transubstantiation, the bread and wine amazingly become the real life Body and Blood of Christ. The Body and Blood of Christ are still under the appearance of bread and wine but the substance of the bread and wine has changed.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church, Paragraph 1323 states: "At the Last Supper, on the night he was betrayed, our Savior instituted the Eucharistic sacrifice of his Body and Blood. This he did in order to perpetuate the sacrifice of the cross throughout the ages until he should come again, and so to entrust to his beloved Spouse, the Church, a memorial of his death and resurrection: a sacrament of love, a sign of unity, a bond of charity, a Paschal banquet 'in which Christ is consumed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us.'’
If you have ever had doubts as to the validity of the Eucharist, then be encouraged by this miracle that I am about to tell you. This miracle happened in the city of Lanciano, Italy during the 8th century. It involves a priest who was having doubts about the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. After he said the Consecration prayer, the bread was turned into live Flesh and the wine turned into 5 pellets of live coagulated Blood. Needless to say, everybody was amazed! We will now fast forward to 1970-1971 and 1981. Scientific tests were performed and the results will blow your mind! The Flesh was found to be human and consisting of muscular tissue from the heart wall! The Flesh and Blood were both found to be of the same blood type - AB! The Blood consisted of proteins and minerals of fresh normal blood! Notice how I said fresh! This miracle happened more than 1200 years ago and the Blood is still fresh even though it is coagulated!
If you are interested in witnessing this miracle for yourself, then get ready, because you can! Stop by the Sanctuary of the Eucharistic Miracle in Lanciano, Italy! If you go, prepare to be in awe! The ways that God reveals Himself to us are truly amazing! You can read about this miracle, and plenty more, in the book Eucharistic Miracles by Joan Carroll Cruz.
As I conclude, I want you to meditate on this! When Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden, they lost the gift of sanctifying grace - God’s life inside of us. As a result, we are all born without it. Because God is so merciful and full of love, He gives it back to us through the Sacrament of Baptism! God’s love for us is so intimate that He generously gives us His whole being, Body and Blood, in the Eucharist! The Eucharist also bestows on us the gift of sanctifying grace and strengthens us in times of trouble! The Eucharist brings us closer to God and gradually transforms us into who we were originally meant to be!
By Melissa; Co-Director of CHE
I know that a lot homeschool families hate this subject! But then, there are some of us that absolutely LOVE this part of homeschooling; It’s taking time to plan out your school year. Yes! The whole year!
Why plan out the whole year? I am in our eighth year homeschooling our five children and have found more reasons to plan the whole year rather than a little at a time.
1)Allows you to see the big picture: knowing dates you can take off, points to stop and make sure your children are on track.
2)Gives you a goal or goals to achieve: it’s so easy to allow time to pass away with every little thing a homeschool family has going on. Having the goals ahead of time allows you to stay on track and gives you a great feeling of accomplishment when the goals are achieved.
3)Flexibility throughout the year: Once your planning is completed your free to focus on the learning aspect of homeschooling. You have your calendars, curriculum and lesson plans to look at as guides, with the hard work of planning (telling you when and what to do) is done. You simply are just following! It also lets you know if you’re able to take that extra field trip or an extra elective class in the community without getting behind in the core academics.
Now that you know why I like to plan yearly, here are my TOP 10 Best Reasons on how to plan out your whole homeschooling year.
#1 Find your favorite calendar or planner! For the last two years, I have been using the Plum
Paper planner. It is awesome! Organizes my family, home AND homeschool!. You customize the pages, from the calendar, daily outlook to special pages for lesson planning, menu planning, organizing your bills and more! I usually pay $35 to $50 but it’s the only calendar and planning pages I use! No
need to make more lists elsewhere or going out to make copies. To get a closer look, here is their website: www.plumpaper.com
#2 Number two is the hardest part about planning! Finding those hours or day with quiet to sit and plan. While I love planning, I find it so hard to put everything aside to get it done. You really need that block of time to just be able to think. How hard is that when your running your home and family. Most years, I have to break down to three different sessions: Purchasing the curriculum and my planner, taking care of #3 on my list and then the actual sitting down to plan. If you can accomplish #1 and definitely #2, you’re ready to move on!
#3 Clean out your school area and/or room! Yes, taking time to clean out all things school is a part of planning. How can you bring in the new year when the old year that has tired you out is still lingering in the air? Decide first, what stays? Supplies that are still good, make an inventory list on them. Curriculum that will be passed on to younger children sort out and place in their crates/files/shelves, etc.
#4 Pack up old school work. If you’re required to keep or want to keep, put them in a storage
container and take them to storage. If you’re not, consider keeping a couple of special pieces (art or writings) that you think your children would love to see later in life. Than, dispose the rest! I met a family that has a bon fire at the end of each year to burn their school work. It was fun for them to end the school year that way. And of course, don’t forget to donate! Consider passing on to other homeschool families or selling to make extra money for your new school year. Now you’re ready for the new year!
#5 Evaluate your children and their learning levels (grades) to determine what curriculum you need for the upcoming year. This all depends if your a family that purchases their curriculum all in one set or do you piece it together from a couple or few companies. It really took me a couple years to get comfortable in this area. It surely helps to know the learning style of your children; independent workers, visual learners, slow or face paced, etc. What works for one child, may not work for another. Once you have your list for each child; go ahead and place your order!
#6 While you’re waiting for your curriculum to arrive, you can do this step. Get your new
calender/planner and start mapping out your year.
*When do you want to start and end your school year?
*How many days a week do you want to school?
*How many days a year do you want or are required to school?
*Consider holidays, vacations, sport schedules, co-op’s, and other special events?
*When you set up your calendar make sure you allot for sick days, tired days and ‘life takes
over days’! We all have them! So why not plan for them? This allows you to adjust your schedule
and life without having to redo your whole calendar when these days do arrive.
Now that your year is planned out you’re still not done! Go back and include ‘fun days or fun events’ you know your children would love. Like. . . celebrating National Donut Day by making homemade donuts with your kids or Dr. Seuss Week by creating a little Dr. Seuss fun each day that goes along with one of his books. These fun days can be a surprise or posted for your children to see. My children are motivated by these days because they know they need all their work done to participate in them. Gives them motivation and breaks up the monotonous of the regular schedule.
#7 When you have your year calendar done think of how you want to structure the daily schedule. Believe it or not, mine has changed every year! Whether it’s because your moving into a new home, welcoming a new baby, making a transition into middle school, adding a new kindergartner, etc. it seems like the old daily schedule won’t work for the new school year. So this is the point where I look at our new big calendar and see how many hours I have to have to complete the core subjects to create the schedule.
When does your family operate best? Get up in the morning and get right at school? Spend your morning in play and completing chores? Once you decide this, you can determine your daily schedule. In the past we were able to get all of our work done in a 3-4 hour period in the morning but, other years it has been broken up by 2 hours in the morning and 2 hours in the afternoon. Either way, you have to decide what will work best for your family.
#8 Organization! Organizing our school files and school books has also changed each year. The older and more responsible my children get the easier the organization is on me. They have learned how to organize themselves. Younger children require more organization oversight. Do you prefer to organize all your teacher papers in a binder or filing system? Do you have room for school desks and mailboxes? If not, what room in your home can be the central location for organizing books and papers? Would crates work? Or a file cabinet? Determine this and then set it up. On the first day of school, walk your children through your expectations of keeping their school organized.
#9 Supplies! When you cleaned out your old supplies you should have taken inventory on what was left and can be used in the school year. Make another list on what supplies you need to have this year based on your curriculum and calendar. Then create a new supply list of all that is needed. I try to buy all the supplies we need for the whole year. This prevents from having to run out at the last minute to get an item you need for a project or report. Plus, all school savings are at the end of summer.
#10 Your curriculum arrived! Now it’s time to break it down by grade and by subject. Determine all that topics/pages/projects you want to cover with your children. Then determine how much time you need for each. Last, break down by how much needs to be completed each week. This is how you create your lesson plans (unless you purchased a ‘box kit’ and this is done for you). I create 34 weekly lesson plans broken day by what each child needs to complete each week. This gives me a ‘checklist’ that I just do through and check off when completed. But I also give us room to take off an item and add it to the next week, etc. make adjustments throughout the year. But at least, I don’t have to stop and start from scratch. I’m also much more disciplined to follow a lesson plan I already created than to try and create a new one every Sunday night. It keeps the process moving and eliminates non-work days.
I hope this helps you as you start planning your homeschool year. I would love to hear your favorite homeschool planning tips! Comment or email us and let us know!!
hen I started my homeschooling journey eight years ago it was only a ‘trial’ basis. I was sure that I wouldn’t have the patience to teach my children at home and was very concerned how family and friends would perceive us.
A lot has changed since then! While patience is hard to come by some days, I wouldn’t change our journey!
I absolutely LOVE seeing my children’s ‘light bulbs’ come on and their own love and desire to learn. They have grown so much in their faith, confidence, academic learning level and compassion with others! This makes all the work worth every minute.
I have been a ‘cradle Catholic’ (baptized at birth) all my life, but over the years, have a new found love and appreciation of our glorious Catholic faith. I love having the opportunity to teach our faith to my children without the interference of government policies/curriculum.
When I came to CHE three years ago it was also on a trial basis. I thought my children would love playing with other
children their own age. That part I was right on! But, what surprised me was how much I loved being with the other mom’s sharing our faith. CHE is a special gem in our area! There is no other co-op like ours!
I speak for Heather (co-director) and myself when I say we are looking forward to sharing our special gem with new
families. We also look forward to sharing our weekly Catholic Mom Blogs with you too!
What does it mean to be passionate about something? The dictionary defines passionate as “showing or caused by strong feelings or a strong belief.” Many people claim that they are passionate about a certain sport’s team, type of music, an idea, or a certain hobby. The list could go on forever. Do you want to know what I’m passionate about? My Catholic faith!
I absolutely love being Catholic! I wake up every morning thankful that God has called me into close union with Him! I feel like the Psalmist, David, when he writes in the book of Psalms 118:24, “This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice in it and be glad.” We can rejoice and be glad in it, because every step of the day, God is with us! Why do I love being Catholic? What makes Catholicism so great? Well my friends, I am going to break it down for you. This will be the first in a series of posts where I will explain to you bit by bit my reasons that I am so passionate about my Catholic faith!
The celebration of the Mass. This is reason number 1. The Catholic Church is all about community and coming together as one to worship God in all of His greatness. The word Catholic actually means universal. This is a perfect definition for what the Catholic Church is all about! When you celebrate the Mass, Catholics all over the world are celebrating with you. No matter what Catholic church you walk into, you will experience the same order of the Mass - Liturgy of the Word and Liturgy of the Eucharist. I have a friend in England who attended Mass on the same day as I did and we were able to discuss the Scripture readings with each other even though we were separated by an ocean! Now that is community!
When we celebrate the Mass, we, the Church Militant, are also celebrating with the Church Triumphant and the Church Penitent. The Church Triumphant are all of the holy souls who are now in their heavenly glory. The Church Penitent are all of the holy souls who are currently in Purgatory. I will touch on Purgatory at another time.
As you can see, when we celebrate the Mass, we are literally surrounded by witnesses, coming together as one! It is so powerful! I absolutely love it!
Melissa is Co-Director for CHE. She is the mom to six children (one in Heaven). She has been homeschooling for eight years and is beginning her third year at CHE. Melissa has been Catholic all her life and attended Catholic schools. Before marrying her husband and starting their family, she was the Business Manager and Compliance Director for a charter school management company.