KC Edventures Guide for Ages 15-19

Lanesfield School Historic Site

Come learn how teens attending a one-room school took exams, graduated and prepared for college.  Find out where you would have to sit if you were a student in the ‘upper grades’, and what types of jobs you would need to do at the school (in addition to studying!). 

Before Your Visit:

  • Many teachers in one-room schools began at the age of 16, so show your teen the Rules for Teachers in 1872 from One Room Schoolhouses and ask them their thoughts on being a teacher and following the rules.
  • One-room schools still exist today.  View an online video from Scholastic about how one-room schools are adapting in 2011.
  • There is a cache on the trail located next to the schoolhouse - so if you like to geocache, bring your GPS or your cell phone with the GPS app.

Explore Lanesfield School:

  • Learn what types of responsibilities the kids in the 'upper grades' would have at the school.
  • Ask if it’s possible to use an ink pen to practice the cursive letters shown on the board.  It's not easy!
  • What subjects were not taught in one-room schools?  How did those who wanted to attend college prepare?
  • Find out why the one-room school stopped being used, and in what year? 
  • View the exhibits at the visitors center to learn about how teachers lived while they were assigned to the school, and see the types of school items that were used a century ago.
  • Visit the gift shop for some unique, nostalgic items.

Learn More About One-Room Schools:

  • The Teacher’s Funeral by Richard Peck is a humorous look at life during one-room school days.
  • Listen to Podcasts from NPRs (National Public Radio) one-room schoolhouses that are still open in the U.S.
  • Try some online learning at Free Rice - practice your vocabulary and help feed the world! 

Discover More:

Not all one-room schools area alike, here's some others in Kansas City that you can visit:


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