Do you like to play school? Come and see what school was like in a one-room classroom. You’ll find chalk tablets to write on, old desks to sit at, and a school teacher who will answer all of your questions about the games children use to play and how they got to school each day.
Before Your Visit:
- Introduce your kids to the idea of a one-room schoolhouse by reading one of these great books.
- Plan to have lunch while you're there - but eat like they would have in the 'olden days'. Pack lunch in a pail, use cloth napkins, no plastic bags (wrap items in wax paper), and bring a cup for water.
Explore Lanesfield School:
- Write on individual chalk boards, and if the staff allows, use an ink pen while sitting at an old school desk. (Be Careful – the ink will stain!)
- Read the board to learn about some of the subjects that were studied at the one-room school.
- Talk to the teacher (docent) at the school about what games kids used to play during recess, and how they kept the school warm in the winter.
- Ask if you can ring the school bell!
- Talk to your kids about how school here is different from where they attend school.
- Bring a few $$ and visit the cute gift shop – small china dolls, school bells, pencils made from sticks, and other treasures used during the one-room school days can be found here for very reasonable prices.
Learn More About One-Room Schools:
- Play games like kids in a one-room school would have done.
Visit other one-room schoolhouses in the area: