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!
Not all one-room schools area alike, here's some others in Kansas City that you can visit:
- Helen’s Country Schoolhouse at Deanna Rose Farmstead in Overland Park
- Historic Oxford School in Leawood